Webcast: The Education of a Christian Science Military Chaplain

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Watch the replay of our live online discussion filmed at the Boston University School of Theology. Our discussion explored one faith tradition within the larger context of military ministry.  For Christian Scientists—as for all denominations—chaplaincy requires a capacity to respond to the spiritual and emotional needs of individuals from all faith perspectives, drawing on the foundation of one’s own beliefs.

The Mary Baker Eddy Library and Boston University School of Theology brought together people who educate and train chaplains, who are currently studying to enter military ministry, and who have served in the profession. Jonathon Eder, Mary Baker Eddy Library Programs Manager, moderated the discussion. Panelists responded to questions and comments submitted online and from attendees at the event.

Webcast panelists

  • Dr. Mary Elizabeth Moore, Dean of the Boston University School of Theology, and Professor of Theology and Education, Boston University.  In 2009, Moore became the first woman to serve as Dean of the School of Theology since the seminary began in 1839.  She is a deacon in the United Methodist Church.
  • Chaplain (COL) Janet Horton, USA, (Ret), one of the first women to serve as a military chaplain in the United States Armed Forces. In 2011 Boston University School of Theology honored her as a distinguished alumna, noting that “with remarkable quality, [she] embodied the essence of the mission of the School of Theology within the boundaries of the U.S. Military.” She currently serves as the Christian Science Military Endorser for chaplain candidates.
  • Chaplain (CPT) Matthew Schmidt, United States Army Reserves, Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command, Newport, RI. He graduated from Boston University School of Theology as a Master of Divinity in 2012. From 2003–2005 he served in the Peace Corps in Malawi. Schmidt works at the Christian Science Reading Room, Boston, MA.
  • Sarah Sampas, third-year Master of Divinity student at Boston University School of Theology. She is on the verge of completing her theology studies in order to begin a career as a Christian Science military chaplain. She and her husband are also embracing another new role as parents of Oliver, born last November.
  • Brian Bort, third-year Master of Divinity student at Boston University School of Theology, preparing to begin a career as a Christian Science military chaplain. He earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in poetry from Mills College in 2009.


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