U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY AIR FORCE ACADEMY HOSTS RELIGIOUS RESPECT CONFERENCE
U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. – The United States Air Force Academy (USAFA) is hosting its Biannual Religious Respect Conference from Tuesday, Oct. 30 through Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012.
The purpose of the conference is to present and demonstrate, to invited DoD Endorsing Agents or their delegates, USAFA’s new Religious Respect Training Program designed for cadets and other staff personnel. The program is designed for cadets and other staff personnel. It will also provide an update of USAFA’s ongoing Religious Respect Training Program since the last conference that met in November 2010.
Conference attendees will comprise a widely diverse mix of religious affiliations (please see list below). Some of this year’s attendees include representatives from Earth Centered faiths, Judaism, Roman Catholic, Episcopalian, Assemblies of God, Islam, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, United Church of Christ, the American Civil Liberties Union, the Anti-Defamation League, and others.
Attendees will review and discuss the new Religious Respect Training Program for cadets that includes training in both the Establishment and Free Exercise of Religion clauses of the First Amendment of the US Constitution. It institutionalizes religious respect training among cadets and provides strategies for facilitating the accommodation of religious practice in the military environment as Second Lieutenants in the United States Air Force.
The conference will conclude with a Media Round Table and provide representatives of the media the opportunity to interview conference attendees.
LIST OF NON-ACADEMY ATTENDEES:
ACURA, Executive Committee Member Ms. Kate Holbrook – Representative
Air Education and Training Command Chaplain Chaplain, Colonel Steve Schaick
American Civil Liberties Union Mr. Loring Wirbel – Representative
Assemblies of God CAPTAIN (Ret), Chaplain Charles W. Marvin, USN – Endorser
Associated Gospel Chaplains CAPTAIN (Ret), Chaplain Steve Brown, USN – Endorser
Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA Diocese of Colorado Springs, Bishop Michael Sheridan – Representative
Buddhist Churches of America Reverend Jerry Hirano – Representative
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Chaplain Colonel (Ret) Frank W. Clawson, USAF – Endorser
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Dr. E. Richard Crabtree – Representative
Rocky Mountain Region Director, Anti-Defamation League Mr. Scott Levin
Earth Centered Spirituality Reverend David L. Oringderff, PhD – Endorser
Federal Ministries of the Episcopal Church Canon to the Ordinary (Bishop of Colorado) – The Reverend Canon Carl Andrews – Representative
Islamic Society of Colorado Imam Mohamed Jodeh – Representative
Interfaith Alliance Foundation Ms. Arielle Gingold – Representative
Pikes Peak Interreligious Clergy Alliance (PPIRCA) Mr. Steve Brown – President
United Church of Christ, Chaplain Reverend Stephen Boyd – Endorser
USAF Chief of Chaplain Corps Chaplain, Colonel Scott Gardner
PACAF Command Chaplain Chaplain, Colonel Dondi Costin
ACC Command Chaplain Chaplain, Colonel Scott Ofsdahl
AFMC Command Chaplain Chaplain, Colonel Harry Mathis
AFSC Command Chaplain Chaplain, Colonel Brett Oxman