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Thank you! I've shared this wonderful posting on my own personal social media. It's been such a blessing and much-needed encouragement to some CRC medical staff.


Thank you for taking the time to look at our recent posting. I hear your concern.

Please note that these resources posted were to help equip our chaplains in their own growth and development in the midst of the recent shootings of unarmed black men and women, Black Lives Matter protests, and deep grief.  This list is in NO WAY exhaustive or complete, but it served as served as a jumping off point for learning. We created this brief article to link to our newsletter. I invite you checkout our newsletter and read about the wonderful things our Canadian chaplains are doing! Also check out our recently created a video of an Ontario chaplain providing ministry in a long term care home.

In the original post, there are a number of diverse resources that embedded as links within the articles. The Belhar Confession is a wonderful Global resource about justice that was developed in South Africa by a number of Christian denominations. Within the posted Statement About The Deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor, there are a number of wonderful Canadian specific resources included.

Taking your concern seriously, I have added additional specific Canadian Resources to this list. Our ministry is passionate and dedicated to serving our chaplains serving in Canada, the US, and around the world. If you would like to speak further please contact our ministry by email [email protected] to learn more about the exciting work Canadian chaplains are doing and how we're supporting them. If you would also want to connect with our Canadian Advisory Council members or our endorsed chaplains (who provide essential feedback and resources for our ministry), I would be happy to connect you to them for them to share more about our ministry. 

What a great post! I also found this resource helpful especially #10: 

Remember that you, too, are a finite and limited creature. Tend to your own needs. Lean into your own community for support. And take turns with others giving care. It is tempting to believe in a crisis that we must give or do everything right now. Mostly this is not possible. Sabbath is not a luxury. Self-care is not selfish. As this outbreak continues to unfold, take steps to renew your own energy and hope in the Spirit of God.

Hi Daniel,

I'm wondering if you could provide additional information in what type of organization you're looking for weather its (veterans, active/reserve/guard, US or Canada,officer or enlisted) and your needs (military community, advocacy, resources, etc). There are a only a few CRCNA churches have small groups for military veterans (if you're looking to start one at your local church we'd be happy to help you.) We have retired military chaplains throughout North America that maybe a resource for you in your area.

The CRCNA does not have an specific organizations approved for military personal. Many of retired US military chaplains are members of MOAA (Military Officer's Association of America) which advocates for the rights of military services members. It is a national organization with local chapters that often dinners and learning events for officers (mostly retired but active service members also welcome). Military chaplains may join MCA (Military Chaplains Association) which provides networking, education and support for military chaplains. There are numerous organizations (VFW, Purple Heart, American Legion, etc) that specialized due which conflict or war a service member participated in and branch of service for enlisted and officers. One CRC Military Chaplai's  spouse put together a website of resources It's a wonderful resource along with Military One Source for US service members. 

If you'd like to speak further, please contact our office via email [email protected] or give us a call us toll free at 800-272-5125 (ask to be connected to Chaplaincy and Care).

@MJill H, Thank you for your beautiful addition to this prayer. This is our hope that this prayer and our other prayers will be enhanced by others. I'm wondering if you'd allow us to share your revised prayer in our ministry's Newsletter that come out this August to share how we as Christ's church work together to further the God's Kingdom and the Gospel message.

Thank you so much for allowing us to see into your sabbatical journey. I resonated with much of what you expressed. Thank you for following the call to work through others.

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