The duties of the Chaplain are to pronounce the invocation and the benediction at Legion meetings, as well as perform such other acts as would fall within the realm of his/her office as the spiritual leader. They should conduct the memorial service when such is needed.
As the Legion is composed of men and women of different creeds and faiths, the Chaplain must be a person of tolerance and sympathy toward all.
Chaplain Post 291, Ken Wilson (949) 230-2826
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Chaplain’s Corner Post 291
Greetings Post 291 Legionnaires,
We are still reeling and dealing with Covid 19, protests and different degrees of anarchy. Statues of confederate and Union figures have been destroyed, businesses have been burned, police have been arrested for just and unjust behavior, systemic injustice to people of color has been brought to light, autonomous zones have been established and misinformation abounds.
The month of June left me angry, sad, and confused but it has also given me hope and courage to keep my focus on the good that gets overlooked. People and organizations continue to feed those without sufficient income, medical staff continue to save lives, we are getting closer to a vaccine for Covid, businesses are opening up, employment opportunities are increasing.
Where do you find hope in these trying times? Do you have faith in a ‘higher being? Do you depend solely on your own intellect? Do you have close family and friends you can lean on when dealing with the craziness of our present circumstances? Where do you look for truth with so much misinformation? How do you respond to the needs of others? These are a few examples of questions that have crossed our minds.
Now that we enter July with July 4th at our doorsteps, maybe we can reflect on what really matters for each of us individually and corporately. Do we really believe what Thomas Jefferson wrote in the Declaration of Independence “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” Thomas Jefferson gave us an ideal to live up to even though he was flawed and owned slaves. We still try to live up to this ideal of equality and yet still have much work to do.
Equality must be grounded in love; for self, others and God. Love is action for the care and goodwill of another. Love allows for open and free discussion of any issue we face. When anger and fear control us, we shut down open and free discussion. When anger and fear control us, we tend to shut out love of God and love of others. I John 4: 18 states, “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.”
As Legionnaires, my we offer love to one another. As we serve God and Country, may we walk together to a better future that includes all people regardless of faith, gender, race, age, etc.
For God and Country.
Chaplain Ken Wilson
Ken Wilson, Chaplain
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