January 27, 2020
Chaplain Palmer and Chaplain Meeker liken the role of Army chaplains to parish pastors insofar as they are responsible for Word and Sacrament but emphasize the role of “incarnational ministry” in their total involvement in the life of the soldier. Special challenges are the visits to families when a son or daughter is killed, and in recent years the need to address post-traumatic stress. For all this, chaplains must undergo a rigorous course of study in addition to basic training. Both Chaplains Meeker and Palmer encourage seminarians and others to consider a career in ministry to the military.
• Chaplain Glenn Palmer, Chief, Training Development Division, US Army Chaplain Center and School, Ft. Jackson SC
• Chaplain Karen Meeker, Chief, Recruiting Division, Office of Chief of Chaplains, Pentagon, Washington DC
May 22, 2017
This episode centers on the ministry of Pastor Dale Lind who has been pastor to the Jazz community at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, a restauranteur and bartender. He was selected for the Gettysburg Seminary 2017 Alumni Award in Specialized Ministry. He shares how he developed his interest in bar ministry, jazz ministry and became the owner of a popular eatery in New York City. In these experiences in specialized ministry, he encountered many luminaries in jazz and popular music.
November 7, 2016
Father Recla, then a pastor in New York, took on the role of chaplain in one of the morgues where remains were sent during recovery operations after 9/11, often accompanying body bags to their final destination--sometimes with police or fire escorts. Little was said during these sad journeys, but Recla sensed there was both laughing and crying in the silence.