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50 Years of
Humanist
Chaplaincy in the
Dutch Armed
Forces
Humanism is one of the three
main cultural historical traditions
that have built the Netherlands
Unique values in Humanism are:
self-determination, equivalence
and responsibility
Humanists believe, according to
the Dutch Constitution, in the
freedom of religion for our
military, veterans and their
fa...
In the
Netherlands
we have a
separation
between
church and
state.
All (non)
religious
organisations
are treated
equally
The ‘Humanistisch Verbond’ is
fully acknowledged as the
endorsement organization by the
Dutch Government as one of the
six...
The Statistics Administration in the
Netherlands calculated that 48,4% of the
Dutch population are non theistic
The Dutch Parliament think it is
important to facilitate secular
irreligious chaplaincy
Humanists know that no
religion has an exclusive right
to give an answer on the
questions about the meaning
of life
We respect other religions and we
work closely together
We are convinced in the own power of
human beings and their resilience
We provide professional chaplains
educated at universities, including
the University of Humanistic
Studies
We maintain
confidentialty
and use our
own code of
professional
standards
Humanist Chaplains took part in every
deployment, from Lebanon to
Afghanistan
We organize the same activities
for our military, veterans and their
families as our Christian
colleagues
From a humanist perspective we
give our own training to military
for example: the art of living, LGBT
discussion groups an...
Humanists have their own traditions
and ceremonies. On June 21st we
celebrate World Humanist Day and
we provide weddings a...
We understand that military at
moral dilemmas search for an
answer in human conditions and
circumstances and not in a high...
We support and comfort people
with grief and loss by
listening, asking
questions, showing empathy and
unconditional commit...
Why Humanist Chaplaincy?
Because we care about
military, veterans and their
families!

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50 Years of Humanist Chaplaincy in the Dutch Armed Forces

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In the USA there is a debate on having a Humanist Chaplain in the Armed Forces. In the Netherlands we have for more than 50 years Humanist Chaplaincy. I noticed that there is a lot of misunderstandig in the USA. In this presentation I explain and educate about the Dutch Chaplaincy in headlines. Please, watch and read about this small contribution to the debate.

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50 Years of Humanist Chaplaincy in the Dutch Armed Forces

  1. 1. 50 Years of Humanist Chaplaincy in the Dutch Armed Forces
  2. 2. Humanism is one of the three main cultural historical traditions that have built the Netherlands
  3. 3. Unique values in Humanism are: self-determination, equivalence and responsibility
  4. 4. Humanists believe, according to the Dutch Constitution, in the freedom of religion for our military, veterans and their families
  5. 5. In the Netherlands we have a separation between church and state. All (non) religious organisations are treated equally
  6. 6. The ‘Humanistisch Verbond’ is fully acknowledged as the endorsement organization by the Dutch Government as one of the six denominations that provide pastoral care in the Armed Forces
  7. 7. The Statistics Administration in the Netherlands calculated that 48,4% of the Dutch population are non theistic
  8. 8. The Dutch Parliament think it is important to facilitate secular irreligious chaplaincy
  9. 9. Humanists know that no religion has an exclusive right to give an answer on the questions about the meaning of life
  10. 10. We respect other religions and we work closely together
  11. 11. We are convinced in the own power of human beings and their resilience
  12. 12. We provide professional chaplains educated at universities, including the University of Humanistic Studies
  13. 13. We maintain confidentialty and use our own code of professional standards
  14. 14. Humanist Chaplains took part in every deployment, from Lebanon to Afghanistan
  15. 15. We organize the same activities for our military, veterans and their families as our Christian colleagues
  16. 16. From a humanist perspective we give our own training to military for example: the art of living, LGBT discussion groups and Personal Humanism
  17. 17. Humanists have their own traditions and ceremonies. On June 21st we celebrate World Humanist Day and we provide weddings and funerals
  18. 18. We understand that military at moral dilemmas search for an answer in human conditions and circumstances and not in a higher power
  19. 19. We support and comfort people with grief and loss by listening, asking questions, showing empathy and unconditional commitment
  20. 20. Why Humanist Chaplaincy? Because we care about military, veterans and their families! Presentation made by Humanist Chaplain Commander Erwin A. Kamp MSc

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