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Religious Respect Conference

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

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