Chaplaincy Program: The Larger AAR Annual Meeting
AAR-CERP Annual Chaplaincy Conference
Chaplaincy Conference Participants’ Guide to the 2016 AAR Annual Meeting
At the same time and general location that the AAR-CERP Annual Chaplaincy Conference is occurring on Saturday, so too will be another gathering called the “AAR Annual Meeting.” The AAR Annual Meeting is geared toward scholars and draws thousands of attendees to hundreds of sessions. It continues Saturday night through Tuesday morning. There is no expectation whatsoever that you necessarily stay to attend the AAR Annual Meeting, but if you have the time and are so inclined you may at no charge; your badge for the chaplaincy sessions serves as your entry into the regular AAR sessions, as well.
Immediately following the end of the chaplaincy conference on late afternoon, November 19, are additional sessions likely to be of interest to chaplaincy leaders, from that Saturday evening thru Monday morning:
7:30–10:00 PM, Saturday: Chaplains, award-winning PBS film, introduced by its director, Martin Doblmeier, and followed by a panel with state and federal prison chaplaincy administrators, a retired US Army Chaplain, and a chaplaincy researcher.
9:00–11:30 AM, Sunday: presentations on “Rituals of Healing: Veterans’ Homecoming Rituals and Practices,” “Beyond PTSD: Treating the Mysterious Wounds of War,” and the Veterans @ Ease program.
1:00–2:30 PM, Sunday: Adaptive Disclosure: A New Treatment for Military Trauma, Loss, and Moral Injury with co-author William Nash, as well as a US Navy Command Chaplain and representatives from the Association of Muslim Chaplains, the Archdiocese for the Military Services, and the Soul Repair Center.
3:00–4:00 PM, Sunday: "Political Implications of Defining and Depicting Moral Injury," featuring Jonathan Shay, author of Achilles in Vietnam.
4:30–7:00 PM, Sunday: National premier of After Fire, documentary on women military veterans and moral injury. Panelists include the film’s director, Brittany Huckabee.
7:00–8:00 PM, Sunday: Rabbi Lord Sacks, Becket Fund Canterbury Medalist for defending religious liberty and author of award-winning book Not in God’s Name: Confronting Religious Violence.
9:00–11:30 AM, Monday: "The World Seeger Made: Religious Beliefs, Accommodations, Exemptions, and Free Consciences since 1965," a discussion by a panel of scholars.
For more information on these and hundreds of other AAR Annual Meeting sessions, see the searchable online AAR Program Book. Each day the Convention Center hosts the world’s largest bookstore on religion. The Annual Meeting Brochure includes information on lodging, tours of local religious sites, and other special events.
Future Years’ AAR Annual Meetings
AAR Annual Meetings take place on the last weekend prior to Thanksgiving, and the AAR-CERP Chaplaincy Conference will likely take place that Friday afternoon and Saturday.
2017 Boston, Massachusetts, November 18–21
2018 Denver, Colorado, November 17–20
2019 San Diego, California, November 23–26