Skip to comments.2nd MLG celebrates religious diversity during holiday season
Posted on 12/28/2005 5:23:34 PM PST by SandRat
CAMP TAQADDUM, Iraq (Dec. 28, 2005) -- December is a month of celebration for multiple faiths, making the holiday season an extra busy time for chaplains in Iraq.
Between Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and the Islamic Hajj, Navy Capt. Vince Arnold, 2nd Marine Logistics Group (Forward) group chaplain, knows the importance of providing for all service members, regardless of religious preferences.
This time of a year the three main religious groups being Judaism, Christianity and Islam, trace back their genealogy to one person: Abraham, The Newport, N.C. native said. Its interesting that we are in Iraq during this season because this is the land of Abraham.
Historically, Abraham is revered as the patriarch and founder of both the Hebrew and Arab people by way of his sons Isaac and Ishmael respectively. Arnold explained that the purpose of the Navy Chaplain Corps is to provide spiritual guidance for all service members of any faith.
Even when the chaplains staff does not have anyone to conduct a specific religious service or ceremony, a service member following that faith can be appointed by the chaplain to lead worship and is provided with the necessary materials, Arnold said.
We get chaplains from multiple faiths to come as often as possible, he said. This doesnt always happen, however, we are still willing to facilitate everyone.
Being busy during this time of year doesnt effect the chaplains staff one bit, he explained.
We arent busy just for the sake of being busy during this time of year, Arnold admitted. Taking care of a whole person makes for better warriors by providing religious services across the spectrum.
All the religious services on base combined, form a community of camaraderie that all service members can benefit from, he explained.
This establishes a circle of care for everyone by sharing their religions, Arnold said.
Arnold also suggested on how Marines and Sailors could benefit from the services offered at the chapel.
We have special holiday services, bible studies and fellowship times, as well as tables with free literature, he said. We always have programs and services that everyone can take advantage of.
Service members can rest assure knowing the chapel is open to everyone regardless of faith or beliefs during this holiday season,
Arnold concluded, If we currently dont provide services for anyones specific religion, we will do everything in our power to try and provide it.
CAMP TAQADDUM, Iraq (Dec. 28, 2005) A Marine worships at a Hanukkah service here Dec. 27. December brings a month of celebration, with the New Year right around the corner, multiple faiths celebrate a holy time during this time of year, and this makes it an extra busy time of year for the chaplain and his staff. Photo by: Lance Cpl. Wayne Edmiston
Celebrating the High Holy Days USMC Style.
Excuse me but when did Kwanzaa become a religious holiday?
Just don't mention Jesus or fitreps will suffer.
If the PC crowd were even-handed, they would refer to the Menorah as a "Holiday Candelabrum." Good story...