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FaithTrust Institute Launches 2018 Navy Chaplaincy Training

Jan 10, 2018 — Categories: , ,

FaithTrust Institute has launched the 2018 training contract with The Naval Chaplaincy School & Center (NCSC). The contract involves the development and delivery of a Professional Development Training Course (PDTC) for Navy chaplains and Religious Program Specialists (RPs) on “Strategy for the Delivery of Religious Ministry to ‘Nones,’ Dones,’ and Millennials.”

FaithTrust Institute has launched the 2018 training contract with The Naval Chaplaincy School & Center (NCSC). The contract involves the development and delivery of a Professional Development Training Course (PDTC) for Navy chaplains and Religious Program Specialists (RPs) on “Strategy for the Delivery of Religious Ministry to ‘Nones,’ Dones,’ and Millennials.”

The NCSC is tasked by the Navy’s Chief of Chaplains to develop and deliver a PDTC course at 12 locations in the United States and abroad. The purpose of the training is to prepare chaplains and RPs personally and professionally to facilitate and provide religious ministry/pastoral care for Naval service personnel and other authorized members of the Department of Defense with a specific emphasis on the delivery of meaningful Religious Ministry to those who express “no religious preference,” or antagonism towards religion and those who are characterized as the “Millennial” generation. Reverend Dr. Kristen J. LeslieDr. Kate Ott, and Captain CHC USN (Ret.) W. Kyle Fauntleroy are the subject matter experts who will design, develop, and deliver the course.

The PDTC training will focus on helping chaplains and RPs understand the significance of the growing no religious preference population, and develop tools for conducting ministry for Nones, Dones, and Millennials through technology and social media. The course objectives also include the development of advisement strategies for translating and applying the Four Core Attributes of integrity, accountability, initiative and toughness to Millennials and the emerging Generation Z, as well as engaging in planning to Provide, Facilitate, Care and Advise Nones, Dones, and Millennials.

Rev. Dr. Kristen Leslie, Professor of Pastoral Care and Theology at Eden Theological Seminary, has more than 20 years of experience teaching and providing consultations on pastoral care and counseling. A United Methodist minister, she has served as a local pastor, a college chaplain, and a rape crisis counselor. She is the author of When Violence is No Stranger: Pastoral Care and Counseling with Survivors of Acquaintance Rape (Fortress, 2003) and has written numerous articles on topics related to sexual violence, moral injury and pastoral care. She has done consulting work with the Air Force Academy chaplains and Operation Enduring Freedom / Operation Iraqi Freedom (OEF/OIF) chaplains on issues of pastoral care. In 2005, Leslie testified in Congress on matters related to religious proselytizing in the military. In 2009, Leslie co-sponsored the Yale Divinity School and Yale Law School Conference on “Faith and Arms in a Democratic Society: A Working Conference on Religion in the Military,” with Eugene Fidell, faculty member at Yale Law School. She worked with Flag officers, and Judge Advocate Generals (JAG), chaplains and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) to further the conversation on religious pluralism in the US Armed Forces. Dr. Leslie was instrumental in the design, development, and delivery of Day Three of the NCSC, PDTC FY14, which addressed “Pastoral Care (Role of Chaplain) in Cases of Sexual Assault.”

Dr. Kate Ott is Associate Professor of Christian Social Ethics at Drew University Theological School (Madison, NJ). She teaches courses in ethics related to children, youth, and young adults, as well as, sexuality, technology, and healthcare ethics. Her courses encourage students to engage theological and moral issues through reflection on personal experience, understandings of religious traditions, and investigation of current social and political justice movements. Ott has written extensively on the role and impact of technology on ethical development, as well as ministerial responses at the intersection of sexuality and religion. Her book, Sex + Faith: Talking with Your Child from Birth to Adolescence (2013), has resulted in invitations to speak and lecture around the country, in both academic and congregational settings, on the topic of sexuality education and ethics within a religious context. She is at work on a forthcoming book, Hacking Christian Ethics: The Technology and Ethics of Everyday Living (2018). She has co-edited two volumes and authored multiple book chapters and articles. In 2014-2016, Ott was awarded a Wabash Center for Teaching Theology and Religion Grant for ‘Sexuality and Religion: Teaching Changing Student Body’. In 2015-16, she was named the Scholar/Teacher of the year at Drew University. She lectures and leads workshops across North America on technology and sexuality issues related to faith formation for teens, young adults, religious educators and professionals.

Captain, CHC, USN (Ret.) W. Kyle Fauntleroy is a Client Relations Area Director for the Pension Fund of the Christian Church. He is a retired US Navy Chaplain, serving 30 years. He was commissioned an ensign in the Navy’s Theological Student Program in 1985. He has held assignments with Commander, Naval Surface Group Four, Newport Rhode Island; on board the USS Roanoke (AOR7), Long Beach, CA; MCAR, El Toro, Ca; Commander, Fleet Activities, Yokosuka, Japan; 7th Engineer Support Battalion, First Force Service Support Group, Camp Pendleton, Ca; USS Nimitz (CVN68); and Naval Chaplains School, Newport, RI. From July 2007-Feb 2008, Fauntleroy deployed in support of the Expeditionary Combat Readiness Center’s Warrior Transition Program at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait. After redeployment, he was executive officer at Naval Chaplains School, followed by an assignment as Senior Chaplain at the Coast Guard Academy. In 2010, he was selected as Commanding Officer of Naval Chaplaincy School and Center. Chaplain Fauntleroy is an ordained Disciples pastor and a noted presenter on the topic of Moral Injury, frequently lecturing with Texas Christian University’s Soul Repair Center, which addresses a “trauma of moral conscience” that may impact members of the military.

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