April 12 - April 13
Spiritual Care Praxis for Gays and Lesbians in the Military
Description: This spiritual and pastoral praxis is designed to help students, clergy, military chaplains, lay pastoral caregivers and mental health practitioners to better understand the current legal and socio-cultural situation of gays and lesbians in the military, and to respond to their pastoral and spiritual needs. Attention will be paid to the special opportunities and challenges now that sexual orientation is no longer a factor in personnel matters within the U. S. military. The Praxis will promote practical skills for responding to coming out, partner and family needs, moral distress, depression and suicide, discrimination, and economic and social challenges arising in the current political and legal discourse.
Larry Graham, professor of pastoral theology and care, was Iliff’s vice president and dean of academic affairs, and has served as a chaplain, pastoral counselor, and parish minister. He is a Diplomate in the American Association of Pastoral Counselors. Graham is currently writing about the impact of war on the pastoral care of families.
Kimberly Fox is an MTS student at Iliff and Lieutenant Colonel in the Air Force. She has taught military leadership, ethics, problem-solving and counseling to officer candidates at the University of Colorado at Boulder. She is a certified Stephens Minister in the United Methodist Church and space and missile professional in the Air Force. Fox is currently studying the impact of U.S. National Policy on military women’s roles in combat.
Jack Williamson is certified trainer for Interchange International, Inc. Interchange International, Inc. is committed to providing practical tools for building understanding as well as skills to deal with life’s changes. Williamson has 30 years experience as a speaker, facilitator, trainer and consultant. He retired from the Air Force as a chaplain in the grade of Colonel in 1998. He currently serves as the executive director for the National Conference on Ministry to the Armed Forces. Williamson co-authored a book on divorce based on the changecycle™ model, DIVORCE: 6 ways to get through the bad times…for good.
Click on Spiritual Care Praxis for Gays and Lesbians in the Military for a syllabus of the weekend praxis.
Date: Friday, April 12, 1 p.m.-4:30 p.m. and Saturday, April 13, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Location: Iliff School of Theology, S-101, 2201 S. University Blvd., Denver, CO 80210