Marine Corps University Chaplain’s Email to “ALL” Personnel is One of the Most Ironic Illicit Emails in MRFF’s History

Published On: February 18, 2022|Categories: Featured News|4 Comments|
Chaplain Bowen Woodruff

“And what is so ironic about this email, you might ask? The subject this chaplain is kicking off his Bible study with is Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians, a letter whose main purpose was an attempt to quell the religious strife that had arisen in Corinth in the wake of his having established a Christian church there! Christians were fighting with other Christians over whose version of Christianity was better, the Jews weren’t going to be converted without a miracle or two to convince them, and don’t even get me started on the pagans! 

“Yes, the people of Corinth were being torn apart as a result of the missionary efforts to Christianize them. And, like Paul did among the Corinthians, Chaplain Woodruff is sowing dissension among the personnel at Marine Corps University …”

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  1. Rick February 18, 2022 at 2:50 pm

    This is one I’m conflicted on. I received bazillions of emails through official channels and I was quite skilled at deleting those that didn’t apply to me. The chaplain/CDR is not a position of command, the email wasn’t directive, and it seems more of an invitation/announcement that I might expect from a chaplain. I get the irony, but I am having trouble feeling offended or even understanding the issue. It’s fair to debate the purpose of a uniformed chaplain at an military university, but this announcement seems within his AOR. And, no, I would not have been interested in the subject. Nor would I be interested or offended at MWR’s announcement of happy hour at the bowling alley—just annoyed at the perpetual clutter of my inbox with crap.

  2. Baphomid February 18, 2022 at 5:36 pm

    Bear in mind they will give enlisted formal counseling if they send a similar email inviting people to a “study” event for a non-Christian religion… but pay no mind to such messages when they promote Christianity.

  3. Michael A Perata February 19, 2022 at 11:18 pm

    This is my first time to this site, and I have just made a donation.

    I do not need a god or religion in my life, but I am a little taken aback by your comments vis-a-vis the All-Hands broadcast from the Chaplain. I am not troubled by the All-Hands broadcast regarding the Chaplain hoping for someone to show up at his meetings. I see this no differently had the Chaplain posted flyers around the base. There is enough spam sent to me every day that I can now easily deleted the obvious and read the interesting. So should you.

    I am a Navy Blue Water Combat Vet (‘Nam ’66). I served on the USS Constellation (CVA-64) and I was never approached by a chaplain or any other religious figure to attend their services, but if I was, I would have politely turned them down.

    While I am concerned regarding the rise of evangelicals pushing the christianity, I not so much of a snowflake that I cannot simply ignore their need for my soul.

  4. ThomasInGA February 24, 2022 at 6:31 pm

    I can understand and agree to SOME extent that there was a line being crossed here that did not seem too egregious. However, a line was clearly being breached. And while the violation might not mean much to me, it means something to my sisters and brothers who expressed concern about it. Thank you, MRFF.

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