Friday, January 4, 2008

UUMM Welcomes Two New Chaplain Candidates

UUMM would like to welcome and congratulate two new U.S. Army Chaplain Candidates!

Second Lieutenant James White is a student at the Meadville Lombard Theological School. He was sworn in as a Chaplain Candidate by 2LT David Pyle, in a ceremony at the serminary. James is a prior service Sergeant/E-5 who has served in Iraq and Operation Iraqi Freedom. Prior to coming to Meadville, James was on active duty at Ft. Hood, TX. James is a graduate of Oklahoma State University. James is a Army Reserve Chaplain Candidate.

Second Lieutenant Luke Leonard is a student at the United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities in New Brighton, MN. Luke is also an Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran, having served in Mosul with the Iowa National Guard. He rose to the rank of Staff Sergeant / E-6 prior to his commission. He also served on Active duty in Seoul, South Korea. Luke is a graduate of the University of Iowa. Unlike James, Luke is a Minnesota National Guard Chaplain Candidate.

We welcome both of them to UUMM, and to the largest young adult ministry in the world!

Yours in Faith,

David Pyle,

2LT, USAR Chaplain Candidate

UU World Article on CH George Tyger

UU World (the Unitarian Universalist Denominational magazine) has published a wonderful online article on Chaplain (CPT) George Tyger. Chaplain Tyger is the UUA's only fellowshipped minister serving currently on Active Duty.

The article also includes some comments from Rev. Beth Miller, the Director of the UUA's Ministry and Professional Leadership Staff Group on the need to support military chaplains, as well as the new UUA policies on military chaplaincy.

Check out the article at and great work George!

Yours in Faith,

David Pyle

2LT, USAR Chaplain Candidate