WASHINGTON -- Chaplain (Maj. Gen.) Thomas L. Solhjem, the Army chief of chaplains, hosts an Executive Leader Science of Spirituality Course in Alexandria, Virginia, Sept. 15-17.
This pilot was created by Chaplain Solhjem’s Chief’s Initiatives Group, in coordination with Dr. Lisa Miller of Columbia University, in order to provide continuing education for select senior leaders in the U.S. Army Chaplain Corps.
The continuing education was focused on research which demonstrates the positive outcomes from personal spirituality, in the areas of substance abuse, mental health, depression, and suicidality.
“A large number of Americans actively practice religion,” said Solhjem. “We must engage what that should mean for the Army, especially because research reveals the protective nature of religion and spirituality.”
The course included workshops on the science of spiritual development, resilience, religious community development, and spiritual and religious leadership. Presenters included Dr. Jack McGourty from Columbia University, Dr. Harold Koenig from Duke University Medical Center, Dr. Ken Pargament from Bowling Green State University, Dr. Crystal Park from the University of Connecticut, Dr. Mark Potenza from Yale University School of Medicine, and Dr. Rajita Sinha from Yale University.
Future plans include conducting the course with senior Army leaders.