The Annual Meeting will be held this year in October in conjunction with the meeting of the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA). MOAA is one of our partner organizations which represents the interests of over 300,000 active and retired military members. We are glad for their service and their friendship.
During our annual meetings we host the “MCA National Institute.” The agenda for the Institute includes presentations and discussion pertinent to chaplaincy as a profession. The Institute is open to members and non-members alike. In addition to the Institute the annual gathering includes the awards ceremony, the membership business meeting, the Emerson Luncheon where we welcome new members of the Emerson Foundation, and a memorial service to remember all chaplains who have passed on to glory since our last meeting.
All five of our constituent chaplaincies are represented at our meeting and our goal is to have information available relevant to all. We include members from the military active component, National Guard, Reserve, prior service, and retired chaplains of all three departments of the Department of Defense. We also include chaplains currently or having previously served with the Department of Veterans Affairs and chaplains who have been commissioned in the Civil Air Patrol.
Leaders from partnering organizations, religious faith groups, the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs, and subject matter experts from other disciplines often join with us.
These annual gathering are important for sustaining an environment of Joint Service and inter-agency collaboration among chaplains. In 2007, 2009, and 2011 MCA co-located the National Institute with the bi-annual convocation of Veterans Affairs Department chaplains. These cooperative ventures were particularly fruitful for community networking and mutual understanding as we seek to improve care for Wounded Warriors. Our national meeting in 2014 occurred in San Diego, CA and 2015 in Orlando, FL. For a summary of sites in years prior, go to the link below.
We will meet this year, 2016, in Arlington, VA at the Pentagon Sheraton from October 25 – 28. Please make plans now to attend.