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 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

See footnote[2]

Training

RAF chaplains and candidates receive training at the Armed Forces Chaplaincy Centre, which is located at Amport House.[3]

Endorsing authorities

To serve in the Chaplains Branch, chaplains and candidates must be endorsed by a religious body.[4] 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.[5] The RAF also has an honorary Jewish chaplain, Rabbi Malcolm Weisman, who holds the position of Senior Jewish Chaplain to HM Forces.[6][7]

Noncombatant status

See: Military chaplain#Non-combatant status

Chaplain-in-Chief

The RAF Chaplains Branch is led by a Chaplain-in-Chief.[8] 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

  • 1892 - 1904: Francis Lyon Cohen[28]
  • 1923 - 1926: Michael Adler[29]
  • 1926 - 1942: Dayan Gollop[30][31]
  • 16 July 1956 – present: Malcolm Weisman[6][32]

Central church

The central church of the Chaplains Branch is St Clement Danes Church in the City of Westminster, London.[33][34]

See also

Footnotes

  1. Mark 10-45
  2. See: About Us: Welcome webpage. RAF Chaplains Branch official website. Retrieved 2010-09-10.
  3. Who we are: Amport House. RAF Chaplains Branch official website. Retrieved 2010-09-10.
  4. Endorsing Authorities. RAF Chaplains Branch official website. Retrieved 2010-09-10.
  5. World Faiths. RAF Chaplains Branch official website. Retrieved 2010-09-10.
  6. 6.0 6.1 [1]. RAF Chaplains Branch official website. Retrieved 2015-02-02.
  7. [2]. Military Chaplaincy: Christian and Jewish Perspectives. Retrieved 2015-02-02.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 About Us: Welcome webpage. RAF Chaplains Branch official website. Retrieved 2010-09-10.
  9. The London Gazette: 7 January no. 31112. p. 370 7 January. 1919. Retrieved 26 November 2012.
  10. The London Gazette: 26 October no. 33215. p. 6824 26 October. 1926. Retrieved 26 November 2012.
  11. The London Gazette: 19 December no. 33671. p. 8158 19 December. 1930. Retrieved 26 November 2012.
  12. 12.0 12.1 The London Gazette: 12 December no. 34004. p. 8052 12 December. 1933. Retrieved 26 November 2012.
  13. 13.0 13.1 The London Gazette: 16 April no. 34831. p. 2248 16 April. 1940. Retrieved 26 November 2012.
  14. The London Gazette: 29 March (Supplement) no. 38573. p. 1590 29 March. 1949. Retrieved 26 November 2012.
  15. The London Gazette: 5 May (Supplement) no. 39843. p. 2493 5 May. 1953. Retrieved 26 November 2012.
  16. The London Gazette: 24 March (Supplement) no. 41664. p. 1981 24 March. 1959. Retrieved 26 November 2012.
  17. The London Gazette: 16 March (Supplement) no. 43599. p. 2629 16 March. 1965. Retrieved 26 November 2012.
  18. The London Gazette: 27 August (Supplement) no. 44661. p. 9354 27 August. 1968. Retrieved 26 November 2012.
  19. The London Gazette: 9 January (Supplement) no. 45873. p. 375 9 January. 197. Retrieved 26 November 2012.
  20. The London Gazette: 2 September (Supplement) no. 48294. p. 12378 2 September. 1980. Retrieved 26 November 2012.
  21. The London Gazette: 27 June (Supplement) no. 51393. p. 7429 27 June. 1988. Retrieved 26 November 2012.
  22. The London Gazette: 30 July (Supplement) no. 52615. p. 11601 30 July. 1991. Retrieved 26 November 2012.
  23. The London Gazette: 29 August (Supplement) no. 54140. p. 11767 29 August. 1995. Retrieved 26 November 2012.
  24. The London Gazette: 25 September (Supplement) no. 56340. p. 11210 25 September. 2001. Retrieved 26 November 2012.
  25. 25.0 25.1 Who's Who 2012 – PENTLAND, Raymond Jackson
  26. 26.0 26.1 RAF Chaplains – Ven Ray Pentland (Retrieved 7 June 2012)
  27. "Chaplain-in-Chief (Designate)". RAF Chaplains. Royal Air Force. Retrieved 26 June 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  28. Francis Lyon Cohen. Geoffrey L. Shisler - Biographies. Retrieved 2015-02-02.
  29. Senior British Chaplain Resigns. Jewish Telegraphic Agency, November 1, 1926. Retrieved 2015-02-02.
  30. 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.
  31. Dayan Mark Gollop. Hampstead Synagogue official website. Retrieved 2015-02-02.
  32. The London Gazette: 21 August (Supplement) no. 40859. p. 4797 21 August. 1956. Retrieved 2 February 2015.
  33. St Clement Danes Church. RAF Chaplains Branch official website. Retrieved 2010-09-10.
  34. Welcome to St Clement Danes. RAF St Clement Danes official website. Retrieved 2010-09-10.

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