Supporting the Oregon Army and Air National Guard
The Continental Congress established Chaplains as an integral part of the Military of the United States on 29 July 1775. The Chaplaincy remains a relevant and integral part of the heritage and future of the military. Chaplains have served in significant numbers from the earliest battles of the American War of Independence to the present. American Chaplains represent the unique commitment of the American social and religious culture that values freedom of conscience and spiritual choice as proclaimed in the founding documents.
The importance and influence of the Chaplain to the religious, moral, and spiritual health of the unit have been valued throughout the history of the military. Military Chaplains represent faith groups within the pluralistic religious culture in America and demonstrate the values of religious freedom of conscience and spiritual choice. The impact of the Chaplaincy is its core commitment to the soul and spirit of the military to: Nurture the Living, Care for Wounded, and Honor the Dead across the full spectrum of military operations.
The Military Chaplain Corps is organized to provide the most responsive religious support and ministerial presence. Religious support includes providing those aspects of religious education, clergy counsel and reassuring presence, authentic worship, and faith group expression.
PARTNERS IN CARE
"Partners In Care" is an initiative of the Oregon National Guard Chaplain's Office. The purpose of this initiative is to coordinate support for Oregon National Guard members and families through partner-ships with local faith communities. All faith communities are welcome to participate as” Partners In Care" congregations. Participating congregations agree to provide the ORNG with a current list of supportive services offered, as well as a congregational point of contact for coordination and communication of information, referrals, and support.