Interfaith Alliance’s Rev. Welton Gaddy to moderate panel of chaplains

Washington, D.C. – On Wednesday, February 16, 2011, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., United States military chaplains of the Jewish, Methodist, Muslim, Baptist and Reformed Church in America traditions will come together to share their thoughts on issues facing the chaplaincy today.  The Rev. Dr. C. Welton Gaddy, President of Interfaith Alliance, will moderate the discussion.  Interfaith Alliance is hosting the event in conjunction with the Veterans History Project of the American Folklife Center of the Library of Congress.

The panel will consist of Rabbi and Army Reserves Captain Jerry Seidler, Chaplain and Navy Capt. John H. Lea III, Chaplain and Air Force Lt. Col. Lisa H. Tice, Chaplain and Navy Lt. Cmdr. Abuhena Saifulislam, and Chaplain and Army Lt. Col. Carleton Birch.  The panelists will discuss contemporary issues they experience in their work as military chaplains, as well as how they balance their role ministering to people of all faiths while at the same time staying true to their individual doctrines and beliefs.

The event is free and open to the public.  Light refreshments will be served.

Rev. Gaddy is available for interviews, both related to the panel and for general purposes before and after the event.  If you are interested in setting up an interview, please let us know.


WHAT: Panel Discussion – Current Topics Facing Today’s Military Chaplains

WHEN: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wednesday, February 16, 2011

WHERE: Cannon House Office Building, Room 340, 283 First Street SE, Washington, DC

WHO: Rev. Dr. C. Welton Gaddy, President, Interfaith Alliance

Bob Patrick, Director, Veterans History Project

Rep. Bob Filner (D-Calif.), Ranking Member, House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs

Capt. Jerry Seidler, Rabbi, Army Reserves
Capt. John H. Lea III, Force Chaplain, Navy Installations Command, Washington, D.C.

Lt. Col. Lisa H. Tice, Staff Chaplain, Personnel, Budget, and Readiness Division,

Office of the Chief of Chaplains, Bolling Air Force Base, Washington, D.C.

Lt. Cmdr. Abuhena Saifulislam, Chaplain, U.S. Marine Corps and Navy Chaplains Corps

Lt. Col. Carleton Birch, Chaplain, Army Office of the Chief of Chaplains


The Veterans History Project of the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress collects, preserves, and makes accessible the personal accounts of American war veterans so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand the realities of war.  For more information, visit

Interfaith Alliance is a network of people of diverse faiths and beliefs from across the country working together to build a resilient democracy and fulfill America’s promise of religious freedom and civil rights not just for some, but for all. We mobilize powerful coalitions to challenge Christian nationalism and religious extremism, while fostering a better understanding of the healthy boundaries between religion and government. We advocate at all levels of government for an equitable and just America where the freedoms of belief and religious practice are protected, and where all persons are treated with dignity and have the opportunity to thrive. For more information visit