RESOLUTIONS OF THE INTERNATIONAL MILITARY
CHIEF OF CHAPLAINS CONFERENCE, CAPE TOWN, SOUTH
AFRICA: 1-6 FEBRUARY 2009|
The theme of the Conference was: “The role of
the Chaplain in Reconciliation and Healing in
After the lectures by various keynote
speakers, small groups were formed and these
relevant questions were discussed.
- Consider the tensions involved in
ministry. Discuss any boundaries that should
not be crossed.
- Is it possible for Chaplains to get
involved in prophetic, reconciliatory
ministry while being deployed?
- What are the vehicles/structures by
which Chaplains can pursue reconciliatory
- Provide examples of significant ministry
in post-conflict situations.
After considering the feedback from the four
discussion groups on the abovementioned
questions, the following principles and
resolutions were adopted by the conference.
A. General underlying principles
- Chaplains must understand their role
- Chaplains must comprehend the
expectations of the Force Commander.
- They must understand and manage the
possible conflict between national goals and
their (chaplain’s) prophetic role.
- They must manage all faiths/religions
- They must not be used by Commanders to
do intelligence gathering whilst networking
with religious leaders.
- Their ministry to own forces should not
prevent them from pursuing reconciliation
and healing in the local community.
B. Resolutions on Reconciliation and
- A Chaplain is a spiritual leader at all
- A Chaplain first takes care of his own
o Good relationship with commanders
o Advice on religious issues in deployed
o Prophetic voice iro treatment of people
and holy places
o Training of own Forces to understand their
role in R&H
- Supporting local clergy
o Start a ministers’ fraternal
o Get religious leaders to talk to one
o Train religious leaders on R&H processes
o Create Interfaith opportunities
o Establish a local/national Council of
- Supporting the local community
o Build relationship with Religious Leaders
choirs to churches,
rebuilding of Church Buildings
- •Building trust with the Community
o Charity projects initiated by soldiers
(e.g. Hospital in Burundi)
o Adopt a child project (schools)
o Food and clothes projects
o Sports activities
o Choir competitions