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03/11/11

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This page is dedicated to providing helpful information, materials and resources to help aid the Chaplain. Members are encouraged to submit the names of resources they have found particularly helpful. 

Books & CDs

"A Chaplain's Story - Manual & Guide 2nd Ed." by Harvey H. Klee" may be purchased from the Texas Chaplains Association on CD as an E-Book for $12. Print copies are available at $25.

"Chaplain's Card and Funeral Handbook" by Ed Kegley may be purchased from the Texas Chaplains Association on CD as an E-Book for $10. Paperback print copies are available at $20. A Hard cover notebook print copy with sheet protectors is available at $30.

"No Greater Glory" by Dan Kurtzman, Random House 2004 - The authenticated story of the Four Chaplains. List: $24.95

"Sea of Glory" by Ken Wales and David Poling, Broadman & Holdman Publishers 2001 - A novel based on the Four Chaplains and the USS Dorchester. List: $24.99

The Legion's Officer's Guide & Manual of Ceremonies - Available through Emblem Sales

Chaplain's Handbook - Service to God & Country - Available through Emblem Sales

Chaplain's Prayer Manual - Available through Emblem Sales

American Legion Chaplain's "How to..." Manual - available through The American Legion National Office c/o Robert Caudell

Websites

The American Legion, National - http://legion.org

The American Legion, Department of Texas - http://txlegion.org

The American Legion Auxiliary, National - www.legion-aux.org

Chapel of the Four Chaplains - www.fourchaplains.org/

The Immortal Chaplains - www.immortalchaplains.org/

U.S. Army Chaplain Center and School Library - www.usachcs.army.mil

U.S. Navy Chaplain Care - www.chaplaincare.navy.mil

Bible reference web site - http://bible.gospelcom.net

National Day of Prayer resource - www.nationaldayofprayer.org

 

Chaplain Best Practices

The following is an outline of a presentation President Harvey H. Klee gave at the recently held National Chaplains Conference in Indianapolis on Chaplain Best Practices.

1. Starts with the rank and file: the Officer’s Guide and Manual of Ceremonies.


a. Need not be a member of the clergy but must be a person capable of moral and intellectual leadership; one who gives dignity and respect to the office. Not infrequently, non-clergy members can be more effective and better received.
b. Opening and closing prayers – audible, intelligible, meaningful, individualized, appropriate to the occasion, recited with conviction, etc.
c. Visitations – hospitals, care centers, homes. Report on visitations
d.
Letters and cards (Sympathy and Congratulatory) – Letters preferred. Report on activities
e. Work closely with fellow officers; familiarize oneself with members’ names, their families and circumstance - particularly new members.
f. Active in all ceremonies: Memorial Day; Veterans Day; Flag Day; post memorial services; funeral and grave-side services; dedication ceremonies; etc.
g. Active in the community on behalf of The American Legion: get to know elected officials and other community leaders, school administrators; etc. Report on activities.
h. Work closely with the schools – particularly with respect to Boy’s State, Americanism, Children and Youth programs. Report on activities.
i. Report on activities – You are a reflection of the Post and its membership. Members take pride in the accomplishments of the Post, whether it be through their Commander, Chaplain, Service Officer, etc.

2. Image.


a. Look and act the part without being ostentatious. Behave yourself in word and deed. Dress appropriately – don’t flaunt your religion.
b. Avoid controversial subjects e.g. politics; try to remain neutral and non-committal. Be a good listener and maintain a good sense of humor.
c. Be cooperative, supportive and encouraging – be an asset, not a hindrance.
d. Volunteer on work parties – it helps build relationships, acceptance and trust.
e. Be sincere – not serious! It’s so not about you. Don’t get in the way of God working through you.


3. District, County, Division, etc.


a. Same holds true as for Post Chaplain.
b. Letters of concern, sympathy, condolences, etc.
c. Letters congratulatory.
d. Attendance at funerals where practicable.
e. Main visibility is through prayer recitation and the Memorial Service:   Well-prepared and well-presented.
f. Know your audience – make presentation particularly meaningful to them.
g. Memorial Service should be a joint service – we are a Legion family and we should interrelate and support one another.
 

 

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