Royal Air Force Chaplains Branch

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Royal Air Force Chaplains Branch
Active 1 April 1918 – Present
Country United Kingdom
Branch Royal Air Force
Role Military chaplaincy
Motto(s) Ministrare Non Ministrari
(Latin for To serve, not to be served[1])

The Royal Air Force Chaplains Branch provides military chaplains for the Royal Air Force of the United Kingdom.

Mission[edit]

The Mission of the Royal Air Force Chaplains Branch is to serve the RAF Community through: Prayer, Presence and Proclamation.[2] The motto of the branch Ministrare Non Ministrari translates as ..To serve, not to be served and is derived from Mark chapter 10: verse 45.[3]

History[edit]

The Reverend Harry Viener was invested as the first Chaplain-in-Chief on 11 October 1918[4] with the Chaplaincy branch officially established in December 1918.[5] Reverend Viener had been a Naval Chaplain and was 'lent' to the Air Force by the Admiralty.[6] A Chaplaincy school was established at Magdalen College, Cambridge University in November 1943 with the motto of 'Truth'.[7] The Chaplaincy School was moved to Dowdeswell Court in Gloucestershire in February 1945. Thereafter it moved to Amport House in Hampshire in December 1961.[8]

Training[edit]

RAF chaplains and candidates receive training at the Armed Forces Chaplaincy Centre, which is located at Amport House.[9]

Endorsing authorities[edit]

To serve in the Chaplains Branch, chaplains and candidates must be endorsed by a religious body.[10] RAF commissioned chaplains are accepted from the various Christian denominations. The British military forces are also served by "tri-service chaplains" from other world faiths, including Buddhist, Hindu, Muslim, and Sikh.[11] The RAF also has an honorary Jewish chaplain, Rabbi Malcolm Weisman, who holds the position of Senior Jewish Chaplain to HM Forces.[12][13]

Noncombatant status[edit]

See: Military chaplain § Non-combatant status

Chaplain-in-Chief[edit]

The RAF Chaplains Branch is led by a Chaplain-in-Chief.[14] Harry Viener was the first Chaplain-in-Chief. When the Chaplain-in-Chief is an Anglican, he or she is also the Archdeacon for the Royal Air Force – otherwise, the most senior Anglican chaplain takes that title along with that of Principal Anglican Chaplain.

Senior Jewish Chaplain to HM Forces[edit]

  • 1892 - 1904: Francis Lyon Cohen[34]
  • 1923 - 1926: Michael Adler[35]
  • 1926 - 1942: Dayan Gollop[36][37]
  • 16 July 1956 – : Malcolm Weisman[12][38]
  • 2011: Rabbi Reuben Livingstone CF to present

Central church[edit]

The central church of the Chaplains Branch is St Clement Danes Church in the City of Westminster, London.[39][40]

See also[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ Mark 10-45
  2. ^ See: About Us: Welcome webpage. RAF Chaplains Branch official website. Retrieved 10 September 2010.
  3. ^ "The Royal Air Force, Chaplians Branch, 90th anniversary service" (PDF). Royal Air Force. Ministry of Defence. 27 November 2008. p. 9. Retrieved 21 June 2016. 
  4. ^ Pitchfork 2008, p. 318.
  5. ^ Pitchfork 2008, p. 373.
  6. ^ Pitchfork 2008, p. 163.
  7. ^ Pine, L G (1983). A dictionary of mottoes. London: Routledge & Kegan Paul. p. 237. ISBN 0-7100-9339-X. 
  8. ^ Johnson, Bruce R (2012). Sehnsucht: The C S Lewis journal 2011-2012. Wipf & Stock. pp. 97–98. ISBN 9781620323861. 
  9. ^ Who we are: Amport House. RAF Chaplains Branch official website. Retrieved 10 September 2010.
  10. ^ Endorsing Authorities. RAF Chaplains Branch official website. Retrieved 10 September 2010.
  11. ^ World Faiths. RAF Chaplains Branch official website. Retrieved 10 September 2010.
  12. ^ a b [1]. RAF Chaplains Branch official website. Retrieved 2 February 2015.
  13. ^ [2]. Military Chaplaincy: Christian and Jewish Perspectives. Retrieved 2 February 2015.
  14. ^ a b c About Us: Welcome webpage. RAF Chaplains Branch official website. Retrieved 10 September 2010.
  15. ^ "No. 31112". The London Gazette. 1919. p. 370 7 January. 
  16. ^ "No. 33215". The London Gazette. 1926. p. 6824 26 October. 
  17. ^ "No. 33671". The London Gazette. 1930. p. 8158 19 December. 
  18. ^ a b "No. 34004". The London Gazette. 1933. p. 8052 12 December. 
  19. ^ a b "No. 34831". The London Gazette. 1940. p. 2248 16 April. 
  20. ^ "No. 38573". The London Gazette (Supplement). 1949. p. 1590 29 March. 
  21. ^ "No. 39843". The London Gazette (Supplement). 1953. p. 2493 5 May. 
  22. ^ "No. 41664". The London Gazette (Supplement). 1959. p. 1981 24 March. 
  23. ^ "No. 43599". The London Gazette (Supplement). 1965. p. 2629 16 March. 
  24. ^ "No. 44661". The London Gazette (Supplement). 1968. p. 9354 27 August. 
  25. ^ "No. 45873". The London Gazette (Supplement). 197. p. 375 9 January. 
  26. ^ "No. 48294". The London Gazette (Supplement). 1980. p. 12378 2 September. 
  27. ^ "No. 51393". The London Gazette (Supplement). 1988. p. 7429 27 June. 
  28. ^ "No. 52615". The London Gazette (Supplement). 1991. p. 11601 30 July. 
  29. ^ "No. 54140". The London Gazette (Supplement). 1995. p. 11767 29 August. 
  30. ^ "No. 56340". The London Gazette (Supplement). 2001. p. 11210 25 September. 
  31. ^ a b Who's Who 2012 – PENTLAND, Raymond Jackson
  32. ^ a b RAF Chaplains – Ven Ray Pentland (Retrieved 7 June 2012)
  33. ^ "Chaplain-in-Chief (Designate)". RAF Chaplains. Royal Air Force. Retrieved 26 June 2014. 
  34. ^ Francis Lyon Cohen. Geoffrey L. Shisler - Biographies. Retrieved 2 February 2015.
  35. ^ Senior British Chaplain Resigns. Jewish Telegraphic Agency, November 1, 1926. Retrieved 2 February 2015.
  36. ^ Snape, Michael Francis (2008). The Royal Army Chaplains' Department, 1796-1953: Clergy Under Fire, The Second World War, Boydell Press, 290. ISBN 1843833468 Retrieved on February 2, 2015.
  37. ^ Dayan Mark Gollop. Hampstead Synagogue official website. Retrieved 2015-02-02.
  38. ^ "No. 40859". The London Gazette (Supplement). 1956. p. 4797 21 August. 
  39. ^ St Clement Danes Church. RAF Chaplains Branch official website. Retrieved 10 September 2010.
  40. ^ Welcome to St Clement Danes. RAF St Clement Danes official website. Retrieved 10 September 2010.

Bibliography[edit]

  • Pitchfork, Graham (Air Cdre (Ret'd)). The Royal Air Force Day by Day. Stroud, UK: History Press, 2008. ISBN 978-0-7509-4309-3.

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