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The spiritual dimension of peacekeeping: A dual role for the chaplaincy?

Kay, Emma
June 4, 2015

Source: (1999) Peace Research 31 (February).

In this article, Emma Kay and David Last address the special role of military chaplains during peacekeeping missions. Chaplains in such contexts have two roles: ministry to soldiers in a situation with a different kind of stress due to their peacekeeping operations, for which they are often less trained; and assistance to people struggling toward peace and reconciliation in a post-conflict environment. The authors identify ministry to soldiers under their care as the primary role of military chaplains, with assistance in post-conflict peace and reconciliation as the secondary role. This leads to discussion as to whether these two roles are conflicting or compatible.


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