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Ministry With Those Who Serve

A cross pin reflects Cmdr. Laura Bender’s service to the military. Photo by Jay Malin, UMNS

Photo by Jay Malin, UMNS

A cross pin reflects Cmdr. Laura Bender’s service to the military.


Although we oppose war and urge nations to find peaceful means of conflict resolution, The United Methodist Church “honors, supports, and upholds in our prayers those men and women who serve in our armed services and, in addition, honors and supports those United Methodist clergy who serve as chaplains.” (Resolution 5061, “Prayer and Support for Members of the Armed Forces and Veterans,” Book of Resolutions.)

We also are committed to providing pastoral ministry to members of the armed forces and their families both during their service and after their return home. Congregations are encouraged to support those serving through prayer and to welcome their participation in the ministry of the church once they return.

The church also advocates on behalf of veterans, particularly those who are suffering from physical and emotional injuries, for medical care and benefits to promote their healing and successful return to civilian life.


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