St. Louis Post-Dispatch, June 12, 2018

In 1939, the MS St. Louis, a German ocean liner, attempted to dock in the United States so that passengers seeking asylum from Nazi Germany could disembark. The U.S. State Department turned them away. Of more than 900 passengers, 254 were murdered; most were killed in Nazi concentration camps.

Last week, on the steps of the International Institute of St. Louis, a service of remembrance was held. Here, in the city sharing a name with the ill-fated ship, women and men from many faiths and nations gathered to keep mindful of this tragic history. Each of those rejected from America’s shores and subsequently killed by Nazis were memorialized, as the place of their murder was read aloud. Near the end of the service, those gathered chanted “never again.” I was among those chanting.

Yet even as I said “never again,” I felt dishonest — dishonest because we are right now doing it again. The U.S. government is turning away thousands of refugees, forcing them to return home, where dangerous and often deadly futures await. Our immigration policy is as mean-spirited and unwelcoming as it was in 1939. While I am glad for those who commit themselves to “never again,” in our time the call must be: Stop turning away our neighbors in need; find ways to be welcoming.

David Greenhaw • Webster Groves

Eden Theological Seminary president

Photo Caption/Credit
Central American families are camped out on a border bridge between Ciudad Miguel Aleman and Roma, Texas, on June 4, 2018. The migrants seeking asylum say they presented their documents to U.S. Customs officials on the bridge. But the officials said the families have to wait on the Mexican side of the bridge because there isn’t enough space for them to be processed. (Molly Hennessy-Fiske/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

June 6, 2018 – Webster Groves, Mo.

Change doesn’t come easy, yet Rev. Musa Maina of Kenya recently helped achieve a milestone transformation in the Reformed Church of East Africa (RCEA). For the first time in the church’s history, women are approved to be ordained ministers in the church.

“We continue on the path of female vocational calling with the first female ordination planned for July 2018,” he says. “Notices have been sent, and I feel a strong sense of God’s presence and God,” he says.

Rev. Maina attributes this progressive church advancement, in part, to the insight he gained while studying at Eden Theological Seminary, Webster Groves, Mo. “We owe this to God who in Revelation 21:3, makes a dwelling place among people. I owe the boldness to the formation I received especially at Eden. Whatever lies ahead, one thing I know for sure is that I have no apologies over it,” says Rev. Maina.

This realization fueled Rev. Mania’s process of transforming church politics to ordain women minsters. While already a pastor and faculty member of the Reformed Institute of Theological Training (RITT) in Kenya, Maina decided to further pursue his religious education at Eden. He earned a Master’s Degree in Theological Studies (MTS), graduating in 2005. Thus, began the long path Maina followed to change RCEA policy on women as ministers.

Eden Theological Seminary is a graduate school preparing women and men for ordained Christian ministry. One of six seminaries of the United Church of Christ, the Eden community is committed to advancing the greater good. The school welcomes everyone, regardless of denomination, gender, race or background.

After returning to Kenya, Rev. Maina continued his leadership role in RITT and worked as a moderator for the RCEA. The partnership of RITT/RCEA and Eden allowed him to collaborate and engage the RCEA in new progressive ideas that were more inclusive of women as preachers and worship leaders.

His efforts, with support from Eden and others, resulted in the first RCEA woman, Everlyne Biboko, to attend Eden and earn a MTS degree to prepare for ordination in the RCEA church.

David Greenhaw, Eden Theological Seminary president and professor of preaching and worship, says, “While at Eden, Rev. Maina used our program to help expand his knowledge of critical biblical interpretation. It also exposed him to women in leadership roles in many U.S. churches.

“Our program provides a religious education with a global scope, yet it’s intimate in setting,” says Greenhaw. “Students live, learn and worship alongside classmates from diverse backgrounds. We help establish a career path for our students through a family of faculty mentors and other students from across the U.S. and the world.

“While studying at Eden, students enjoy easy access to entertainment and culture offered in the St. Louis area. They leave our seminary with a graduate degree in theology and lifelong friendships built with roots in Christ.”

Enrollment in the Eden graduate programs ranges from 160 to 200 students. In 2017, the entering class consisted of a 50-50 ratio of gender and race from multiple Christian denominations. Student ages range from those in their 20’s to those in their 60’s and 70’s. It’s a diverse student base for exploring different theologies and interpretive approaches.

Deborah Krause, dean of Eden Theological Seminary, describes the educational experience at Eden as partnership between faculty, students and global communities. Sharing knowledge and developing friendships within the global community helped pave the way for the sort of transformation that Maina pursued.

“Rev. Maina told us coming to Eden early in his ministry offered him insight into a more progressive theological context and expanded his understanding of who God has called to church leadership,” she says. “His years of effort since graduating from Eden helped lead to the November 2017 RCEA reform which approved of women ordination.”

During a sabbatical to Kenya, Krause also broadened her friendships and experienced a knowledge exchange that enriched her work as a teacher of Biblical interpretation.

Krause explains that while in Kenya she taught classes and met with RCEA faculty, many of which were men. During her conversations, she says, “It became apparent that these teachers recognized that women’s church leadership was a positive trend that would continue. Yet, there were some parts of the church still holding the traditional view that only men could be leaders.”

While Krause was in Kenya, she and Rev. Maina visited many churches where she was invited to preach and lead worship. “This was an opportunity for me to learn about the RCEA and for Rev. Maina to engage the church with an example of women’s leadership,” says Krause.

“Such a partnership offers opportunity for transformation for all involved. Exposing people to different ideas and approaches relies upon a true partnership between Eden and our students. That’s how transformative change happens.”

Ultimately, the Eden mission is simple, says Eden president Greenhaw. “When you look around at towns, communities and countries around the world, you see the influence of the Christian church. Not just in congregations, but in hospitals, nursing homes, schools and outreach ministries of many kinds. The church makes its mark every day.

“Eden welcomes everyone, and we hope to provide an exchange of ideas that can be transformative to help our graduates influence positive change for the better good when they return to their home communities.”

Jun 07, 2018

Howard University religion and culture scholar to succeed Michael Jinkins who retires Sept. 2

The Louisville Seminary Board of Trustees voted June 7 to appoint the Rev. Dr. Alton B. Pollard III as president. A scholar, author, consultant and speaker on the subject of African American religion and culture, Pollard was previously dean of the School of Divinity and professor of Religion and Culture at Howard University in Washington, D.C.

Pollard said he was drawn both by the history and the current trajectory of Louisville Seminary.

“Rare is the theological institution today that innovates well in contemporary society, modeling theological education for just inclusivity in an increasingly diverse world,” Pollard said. “As much of our society is focused on division, I will ensure that Louisville Seminary will continue to build bridges between people of different religious, social and cultural perspectives, through teaching and scholarship, and the preparation of persons for lives of faithful witness and public service.”

Prior to his eleven years at Howard University, Pollard served as director of Black Church Studies and chair of American Religious Cultures at Emory University, and taught at Wake Forest University and St. Olaf College. He earned degrees from Duke University, Harvard University Divinity School and Fisk University.

Pollard has authored, co-authored and edited a number of books and journal articles. He serves on the Board of Directors for the In Trust Center for Theological Schools and the Advisory Committee for the Luce Fund for Theological Education. He served on the Board of Commissioners for the Association of Theological Schools from 2010-2016 and was chair from 2014-2016. A native of St. Paul, Minnesota, Pollard and his wife Jessica have two adult children.

President transition this September
Current Seminary President Rev. Dr. Michael Jinkins announced his retirement in April 2017. Pollard will begin work as president at the start of the fall semester this September and will be formally inaugurated in spring 2019.

Pollard’s appointment follows a national search conducted by a presidential search committee including several Seminary trustees, faculty members, and other seminary constituents and led by Board Chair Lant B. Davis of Birmingham, Alabama.

“Dr. Pollard embodies Louisville Seminary’s long tradition of bridging differences within the church and broader society,” said Davis. “He will affirm and further develop our historic Presbyterian emphasis on inter-denominational cooperation. Under his leadership I hope the Seminary will demonstrate a way forward through some of the most divisive issues of our time. He is a principled peacemaker.”

Jinkins will continue to serve as president until September 2. During his eight-year tenure, Louisville Seminary launched its bold Covenant for the Future vision which made full-tuition scholarships available for every master’s degree student and, by 2021, will provide stipends for living expenses. The only seminary in the country to offer this benefit, Louisville Seminary students participating in the scholarship “pay the debt forward” by engaging in learning and service opportunities that enhance their opportunities for leadership in church and non-profit sectors.

“Dr. Pollard’s reputation as an eminent scholar and renowned leader precedes him,” said Jinkins. “I believe he is precisely the leader Louisville Seminary needs for the next chapter in its history. And I feel honored to welcome him as the next president of the Seminary.”

The Conference on Drone Warfare was held at Eden Theological Seminary on Friday, June 8, 2018, co-sponsored by Eden Theological Seminary and the Interfaith Conference on Drone Warfare. It was attended by about 30 people of faith. It explored why many people of faith believe that the use of lethal drones should be limited or ended.

The presenters included:
Bishop Richard E. Pates, Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Des Moines and former chair of the International Justice and Peace Committee of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
Matt Hawthorne, policy director, National Religious Campaign Against Torture, Washington, DC
Rev. Dr. David Greenhaw, president, Eden Theological Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri
Michael McPhearson, national executive director of Veterans for Peace
Dr. Maryann Cusimano Love, Associate Professor of International Affairs, Catholic University, Washington, DC

Two films produced by the Interfaith Network on Drone Warfare for congregations were also screened: Moral and Safe?: War, Peace, Drone Warfare and the Religious Community and a 30 minute version of the documentary, National Bird. Information about the films can be found at

During the conference, several concerns were expressed about lethal drones, including:
1. Because lethal drones are so easy to use, it is tempting to expand warfare into non-war zones thereby increasing the likelihood that the U.S. will resort to war.
2. Though it is possible to kill terrorist leaders with lethal drones, drones cannot kill an extremist movement. In fact, the opposite is likely – drone attacks increase the determination of the terrorist and increases the number of extremists. There is an expression that says “Kill a terrorist; create ten more.” Drones do not kill violent ideology; they generate hatred and mistrust of America.
3. Though the number of civilian casualties, including children, may be smaller than those resulting from the use of other weapons, the weapon is not as precise as the government claims.
4. Drones are proliferating. More than 80 countries currently have lethal drones. It is increasingly likely that lethal drones will be used against the U.S. The world urgently needs strong international agreement banning or limiting the use of lethal drones.
5. The use of drones is not transparent. The U.S. government has kept much of this program secret. There is a disconnection between what Americans know and what the government is doing. It is difficult for Americans to publicly criticize drone warfare because they have very little information. When information has been made public because of litigation, policies have changed.
6. The use of drones directly harms attempts to promote human rights and the rule of law by violating international human rights law.
7. Terrorist groups, like ISIS, now use lethal drones.
8. Though drone operators cannot be killed or physically wounded, they are often damaged psychologically and some have been diagnosed with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

About the Interfaith Drone Network
The Interfaith Network on Drone Warfare grew out of two developments: the formation of the DC-based Interfaith Working Group on Drone Warfare with many faith groups participating in spring 2014; and the first Interfaith Conference on Drone Warfare in January 2015 at Princeton Theological Seminary, facilitated by the Princeton-based Peace Action Education Fund. The Network is continuing the work in the faith community, seeking to deepen understanding and bring significant spiritual insight to that emerging major issue.

In a cooperative arrangement with United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities, Eden Theological Seminary in St. Louis has appointed Dr. Sharon Tan as Eden’s Acting Dean for the 2018-2019 academic year. Dr. Tan serves as the Vice President for Academic Strategy at United Seminary and will take a leave from United to serve at Eden. Her responsibilities at Eden will include leadership of the educational programs, assistance during two upcoming accreditation visits, and furthering the strategic plans of both schools. United’s commitment to educate innovative and compassionate leaders has recently been strengthened by their plan to relocate to a new urban campus in Saint Paul. Eden continues a tradition of education for authorized ministries in the U.S. and globally, while exploring new leadership programs, particularly through the recently founded Walker Leadership Institute.
Leaders of both schools are open to explore opportunities for greater collaboration, including possible shared programming. Dr. David Greenhaw of Eden said: “For nearly fifty years, Eden and United have collaborated with United Church of Christ congregations and conferences in the Midwest. Continuing that collaboration and looking for new opportunities makes good sense. We are delighted to have a seasoned educational leader like Dr. Tan work with us this year.” According to United’s President, Dr. Lewis Zeidner, “Sharon Tan is an innovative and strategic thinker. We are glad that Eden will have the benefit of her skills during this period of transition. Finding opportunities for synergistic collaboration with Eden and Chicago Theological Seminaries are consistent with a long-standing tradition among the institutions.”
Working in a three-way partnership with Chicago Theological Seminary, United and Eden Seminaries have been part of the CUE Seminaries of the Midwest, Inc., since 1973. The mission of this partnership among seminaries in the region closely related to the United Church of Christ has been to:
• Strengthen the relationship between our churches and these seminaries.
• Further the mission and work of these seminaries.
• Provide financial support for these seminaries.
President Stephen Ray of Chicago Theological Seminary said: “These two schools are our strong partners, we are delighted at this moment of cooperation and believe it serves as the kind of creative collaborations we all seek.”
Dr. Tan holds both JD and PhD degrees from Emory University, and served as United’s academic dean before assuming her present position. She is a teacher and scholar in theological ethics, with specialties in Asian American Christian ethics, comparative religious ethics, justice, reconciliation and religious studies. Dr. Tan’s published works include the book, The Reconciliation of Races and Classes: How Religion Contributes to Politics and Law.

During her time in the United States while away from her home in Kenya, the Rev. Angela Kamuyu has made the St. Mark Presbyterian Church, in Ballwin, Missouri, her church home away from home. She began attending St. Mark in September 2016 when she began her advance degree studies at Eden Seminary in Webster Groves.
Pastor Angela’s time with St. Mark has afforded her the opportunity to learn more about how networking, church organization and hospitality influence a congregation’s growth. In turn, she hopes to leave something behind for her St. Mark family: “A friendship bond that will connect two worlds and continue even in the future.” She will be preaching here sometime this spring, before she returns home.
As a child growing up in Kenya, Pastor Angela Kamuyu had a passion for helping others, and eventually found the perfect platform: service to her church.
“I longed to be in the holy ministry, reaching the unreached with the word and serving through the gospel, as it would fulfill that desire for me,” Pastor Angela said.
In her native country, Pastor Angela serves with the Presbyterian Church Of East Africa (PCEA) which partners with PCUSA to which St. Mark belongs. The Presbyterian Church, of East Africa primarily covers Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania and is the second largest denomination in Kenya.
The size of the Kenyan church congregations vary depending on location, ranging from a single congregation of a thousand or more, to several hundred, to a small congregation of tens. Though the size may vary, all churches share a single purpose: to fulfill the duties of the word and the sacrament. Pastor Angela has served several congregations at the same time, on a regular, rotating schedule.
“Besides spiritual welfare, our church works to help the less fortunate in the society and in the areas of health, education and the environment, and teaming with other institutions, like prisons,” Pastor Angela says.
Just as Pastor Angela’s drive to help others led her to a life of service with the Presbyterian church, her basic need to move beyond her comfort zone brought her to another continent. Armed with a scholarship and a desire to develop a deeper understanding of the Old Testament through the context of a different culture, Pastor Angela came to the Eden Seminary in St. Louis to study.
When she completes her master’s degree in theology, Pastor Angela plans to return to Kenya with new ways to contribute, not only to her own congregation, but to the larger church system. She will graduate with a Master’s degree from Eden Seminary on May 18.
Among the challenges Pastor Angela will face when she returns home is overcoming the belief that women do not belong in positions of power in the church.
“Women’s representation in church is minimal,” she says. “They are not in the hierarchical structure—not in the top helm position. More should be done to encourage women’s participation in the church decision-making in general and inclusion in the top officials of the church.” Angela serves in Presbyterian Church of East Africa, which is associated with the PC-USA.
It is an ongoing process, Pastor Angela says, to educate Christians that women can bring about social change and change societal structures and institutions for the better.
“It is a bid to change the historical patriarchy and better appreciate women’s identity and to accept women of authority—which at times is not fully embraced, barely recognized or looked down upon,” Pastor Angela explains.
The struggle to assume leadership roles is one that is familiar to many women in the United States, as well, but Pastor Angela offers hope for those working to make inroads in both countries. Her Master’s dissertation is: “Appreciating the contribution of women in leadership roles through the example of prophet Huldah,” based on scripture in II Kings 22.
“With the right exposure, support and encouragement, women can pursue their passions and excel in any fields that have previously been deemed not for women,” she says. “When women understand the potential that they possess, they can create, add or empower already existing systems, structures and leaders for the better— from the smallest unit of the society that is family, all the way up to our nations.”
Pastor Angela’s theological interests also include the role that Christians can play in environmental stewardship. In the future, she hopes to see churches develop alongside other groups, companies and organizations in advancing environmental initiatives. On a broad scale, she would also like to see churches provide multi-generational outreach programs to help promote a greener, safer environment. Tools that St. Mark might consider include creation of a “green” check list; adoption of water and energy conservation programs; programs and church services about protecting our natural resources; use of more local, recycled or upcycled materials; and partnerships with local environmental organizations.
Pastor Angela’s visit to the United States comes at a time of great political dialogue on the subject of immigration. As Christians, she says we have the ability to lead that conversation.
“The church leaders have a great influence at the negotiation and dialogue table with the government,” she says.
“Christians have the role to make sure that the policies and law of the land do not go beyond human compassion and rights.”
Pastor Angela’s time with St. Mark has afforded her the opportunity to learn more about how networking, church organization and hospitality influence a congregation’s growth. In return, she hopes to leave something behind for her St. Mark family: “A friendship bond that will connect two worlds and continue even in the future.”

From the St Mark Presbyterian Church, The Messenger Newsletter, April and May 2018 Issues

St. Mark Presbyterian Church
601 Claymont Drive
Ballwin, MO 63011


The 2018 Eden student awards were presented during chapel on May 7, 2018. Congratulations to our student award winners who are pictured below with President David Greenhaw and Dean Deb Krause.

Andy Wilson

Honor Graduate Fellowship Award

Given to a student who wished to continue their studies.

Lorren Buck and Christopher Czarnecki

Grauer Award

Recognizes promise for congregational ministry related to faithfulness in preaching and pastoral care. The recipient(s) is the student judged by the faculty to demonstrate solid academic achievement, a love of Christ’s church and excellence in both preaching and pastoral care.

Lorren Buck

Senior Preacher

Given to the Spring Convocation preacher.

Carrie Collins

Edith and Robert T. Fauth Book Award

Given to the highest ranking MDIV student at the end of the first year.

Alexis Tardy

Kenneth M. Cooper Book Award

Given to a deserving student pursuing preparation for parish ministry with priority consideration to sons and daughters of the Kentuckiana Association of the Indiana-Kentucky Conference of the UCC.

Austin Hayden

Kniker Family Book Award

Given to the UCC student in care and selected by the administration.

Phillip Harris

Warren H. Seyfert Memorial Book Award

A financial award given to a deserving MDIV student.

Kristin McGuire

Robert L. Tiemann Book Award

Given to the student deemed to excel in business acumen whose skills will be transferable and useful in the individual’s ministry.

Eden Theology Seminary to Honor Three Distinguished Leaders
2018 Honorary Degree Recipients to be Recognized at Eden’s Commencement

In anticipation of our upcoming commencement, Eden Theological Seminary announces the selection of three outstanding community leaders who have earned the institution’s highest recognition and will be awarded honorary degrees.

“These remarkable individuals embody the values which are fundamental to Eden, our students, and our global alumni network,” David Greenhaw, president of Eden Theological Seminary said. “Through the use of their talents, dedicated leadership and unwavering commitment, they are creating dialogues and changing lives both within their communities and around the world. We are humbled by their accomplishments and proud to bestow these degrees upon them.”

Following are the 2018 Eden Theological Seminary honorary degree recipients:

Timothy O’Leary, general director of Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, will receive a Doctor of Humane Letters in recognition of his relentless commitment to tackling innovative, artistic programming that often incorporates significant social messages and brings national acclaim to the St. Louis community. Two examples include Opera Theatre’s 2011 production of the rarely staged The Death of Klinghoffer, which chronicles the Achille Lauro incident of 1985, and the company’s 2016 world premiere of Shalimar the Clown, based on the novel by Salman Rushdie. A member of the board of directors of the St. Louis Diversity Awareness Partnership, as well as a steering committee member for Arts and Faith St. Louis, O’Leary gathered input and feedback from diverse members of all faith groups prior to producing these works. Because of his steadfastness and dedication, these operas inspired informed, thoughtful discussions within the St. Louis community and around the globe, as well as earning widespread acclaim.

Known throughout the St. Louis area as MamaCat, Cathy Daniels will receive a Doctor of Humane Letters. Daniels, a community and business leader, has become a regional advocate to among a wide contingent of activists, faith leaders, community organizers, and concerned citizens to raise awareness and meet the needs of unhoused people in the St. Louis. During her work with the Ferguson movement and the Michael Brown protests, she was awakened to the unmet needs and plight of homeless people in St. Louis. She has subsequently created a collaborative partnership which prepares more than 150 meals each week to deliver nutritional and spiritual sustenance to those whom she refers to as “unhoused family” on the streets of St. Louis.

Author and editor Elisabeth Sifton will be awarded a Doctor of Humane Letters. Sifton is the daughter of well-known Eden alumnus Reinhold Niebuhr, an American theologian, ethicist, professor, political commentator, and author of The Serenity Prayer. She has worked tirelessly to preserve her father’s legacy and vision, particularly in times of turbulence and change. In addition, she is dedicated to conveying the significance and influence of her father’s work on world leaders including Barack Obama, Jimmy Carter, and Martin Luther King, Jr., to name just a few. Sifton is the author of The Serenity Prayer: Faith and Politics in Times of Peace and War. She recently edited Reinhold Niebuhr: Major Works on Religion and Politics, a Library of America volume comprising some of her father’s most important essays.

Eden’s commencement will be held on Friday, May 18, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. at Manchester United Methodist Church in Ballwin, Mo. In addition to the honorary degree presentation, Reverend Doctor John C. Dorhauer, general minister and president of the United Church of Christ, will deliver the ceremony’s commencement address.

About Eden Theological Seminary
Founded in 1850, Eden Theological Seminary has been educating women and men to become community leaders for more than 160 years, primarily through ordained Christian ministry. Eden offers a variety of professional and graduate degree programs including: Master of Divinity, Master of Arts in Professional Studies, Master of Theological Studies, and Doctor of Ministry, among others. As one of the six seminaries of the United Church of Christ, Eden is a welcoming, inclusive and ecumenically diverse community whose mission is to strengthen the life of the church by educating its students for ministry, enlivening critical reflection on faith, and supporting bold Christian discipleship. Eden Theological Seminary is accredited by the Association of Theological Schools and the Higher Learning Commission.

Naval Education and Training Command

By Cmdr. Michael Baker, Naval Chaplaincy School and Center Professional Development

The Naval Chaplaincy School and Center (NCSC) kicked off the fiscal year 2018 (FY18) Professional Development Training Course (PDTC) for the Navy Chaplain Corps and religious program specialist (RP) community with its first course convening Jan. 9-11 onboard Naval Air Station Jacksonville.

The topic for this year’s training is “A Strategy for the Delivery of Religious Ministry to None, Dones, and Millennials.”

“We are in a digital world and people rely heavily on electronics and social media to communicate,” said Senior Chief Religious Program Specialist Tameca Brown, NCSC senior enlisted leader. “Religious ministry teams have to be creative on how to reach the younger generation, known as millennials.”

The FY18 PDTC is designed to provide chaplains and RPs with the knowledge, skills and abilities to deliver meaningful religious ministry to millennials who are religious, have no religious preference, or who have disaffiliated from religion.

“The younger women and men of our sea services today search the digital frontier for companionship in their spiritual journey with God,” said Lt. Chris Terrell, assigned to Naval Air Station Pensacola. He felt the course provided an educational, horizon-broadening understanding about one of today’s ministry opportunities.

“What I perceive as our challenge is to learn new ways and social mediums to do what has always been our mission — effectively caring with Sailors, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen in their faith expressions, always supportive as they serve their nation and the world,” said Terrell.

Two subject matter experts with knowledge of the military community and how technology impacts society led the PDTC by translating their knowledge into usable military skillsets through an engaging and interactive learning setting.

The Rev. Dr. Kristen Leslie, professor of pastoral care and theology at Eden Theological Seminary, has more than 20 years of experience teaching and consulting with Operation Enduring and Iraqi Freedom chaplains on issues of pastoral care. Dr. Kate Ott, associate professor of Christian social ethics at Drew University Theological School, has written extensively on the role and impact of technology on ethical development.

The professors’ presentation helped chaplains and RPs as they work to enhance fleet and warfighter readiness in the context of this evolving ministry challenge.

“I have learned that some millennials are spiritual but don’t belong to a particular faith group,” said Brown. “We need to inventory our audience, understand their desires, and develop those network communications on how to reach them. Overall, we must be willing to embrace and accept change as it comes.”

The FY18 PDTC will be offered at 10 more fleet concentration area and overseas locations. Quota and location information is available online through the Catalog of Navy Training Courses and read ahead materials through NCSC’s page at

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