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‘Practitioners in uniform’: the ministry of a Christian Science military chaplain

From the January 2017 issue of The Christian Science Journal

The year 2017 marks an inspiring anniversary in the history of Christian Science: It is 100 years since, in 1917, The Mother Church first endorsed military chaplains in the United States to minister to Christian Scientists serving during World War I. The functions of a military chaplain have evolved over the years, but one thing remains constant: the spiritual leavening that Christian Science chaplains bring to the military. 

I spoke with Janet Horton, the current endorser of Christian Science military chaplains, about the spiritual purpose of military chaplaincy and the healing effect that Christian Science chaplains have contributed over the past century.

Janet, you enjoyed a 28-year career as an Army chaplain. It’s quite an unusual career. Can you let readers know what made you want to pursue it?

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