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It was a time of fellowship, ...
It was a time of fellowship, sharing, and celebration of the leadership that comes to ICPC from The United Methodist Church," said Ted Hepner, executive in the Section of Chaplains and Related Ministries, United Methodist General Board of Higher Education and Ministry.
said there is a growing emphasis being placed on the international aspect of ICPC
with representatives attending this years conference from Zambia, South Africa, Zimbabwe, England, Canada, Jamaica, and the Philippines.
Police chaplains assist entire communities when tragedy and loss have occurred.It is the responsibility of police chaplains to deliver news of deaths to officers families as well as those in the community.They also help officers deal with the grief, sadness, and stress of their jobs, Hepner
Chaplain (Colonel-Retired) Ted ...
Chaplain (Colonel-Retired) Ted Hepner, Director of Endorsement and Pastoral Care of the Division of Ordained Ministry, Section of Chaplains and Related Ministries of the United Methodist Church, was conducting a site visit to Fort Bragg, North Carolina.The United Methodist chaplains at Fort Bragg coordinated a comprehensive itinerary for his visit to include a breakfast with the chaplain's commanders and senior leaders, and the "fun" jump.It may sound like a misnomer stating that this was a "fun" jump.How can anyone jump out of an airplane and call it fun?The "fun" part for these chaplains was having Ted present to witness the first ever all United Methodist chaplain jump.Ted has a history as a paratrooper.He at one time served as the Division Chaplain for the 82nd Airborne Division and in the Special Operations community.
The joy for each of these chaplains was the opportunity to share this event with their good friend and fellow paratrooper chaplain, Ted Hepner
did remind each of his
chaplains, "keep your feet and knees together."
"Some of the reasons United Methodist ...
"Some of the reasons United Methodist clergy fit well into the military chaplain setting are their training and ordination standards are rigorous, they come from a connectional system that requires accountability, they are ecumenically oriented, the itineration appointment system has many similarities to the military, and they can minister to a wide range of people with the practice of open communion and the ability to baptize by pouring or sprinkling, or immersion," said Ted Hepner, director of endorsement and pastoral care in the Section of Chaplains and Related Ministries at the Board of Higher Education and Ministry.Hepner
said the overall percentage of United Methodists serving on active duty and in Reserve and National Guard units
has decreased because selections are now based on the best qualified and the needs of the service for more than 200 faith groups that now endorse chaplains.
For example, the Army had 169 United Methodist chaplains on active duty in 1980, compared with 88 today.In other branches of the services, the Navy has 62 and the Air Force has 56 United Methodist chaplains.
The Section of Chaplains and Related Ministries endorses people as military chaplains, but each service makes its selections, Hepner