John A Carter
The purpose of this study is to understand the challenges chaplains face as they work with others from differing faith groups in this religiously diverse yet secular military institution. The study utilized a qualitative design using semi-structured interviews with seven senior active duty Navy chaplain corps leaders serving in the Pacific Northwest. The research found six broad categories of issues related to religious pluralism, and exposed how chaplains themselves have been transformed, how their relationships have been affected, and how their preaching, teaching, counseling and public prayers have been influenced as a result of the religiously diverse environment. The study concluded with takeaways for chaplains, prospective chaplains and non-chaplain supporters of military ministry.