Christian Science Military Ministry 1917–2004
Schuette, Kim M. Christian Science Military Ministry 1917–2004. Indianapolis: Brockton Publishing Company, 2008.
The author completed a Master of Divinity degree from Boston University’s School of Theology and represented the Christian Science Church as a U.S. Army chaplain. He has conducted numerous interviews and accessed many archived reports on the work of scores of U.S. military chaplains engaged in ministries around the world. While he cites records of the Christian Science chaplaincy during WWI and WWII in the first two chapters, his focus on the post-WWII years presents insights into the service of Christian Science chaplains as well as the context and issues faced by chaplains of all faiths. No other nation comes close to embracing the diversity of religious representation in its military chaplaincy as does the United States. Chaplains coming from specific religious communities minister not only to their own constituents but also provide for the religious needs of all service members. This requires relationships with chaplains and civilian ministers from religious traditions they would not normally encounter, let alone partner with, in civilian life. Schuette documents how his denomination has been blessed by the reputation of its chaplains in building bridges and broadly meeting the spiritual needs of all as integral to their healing ministry.
ISBN-13 (Hardcover): 978-1887918534