Centurion’s Guild is the vessel through which I do most of what I do. It formed in January 2008 with the mission to protect and defend past, present, and future military personnel while bearing true faith and allegiance to God. It consists of anywhere from 4-7 individuals (depending on availability) who are past or present service members themselves (though one does not have to have prior service to be a part of the Guild, it does help). What we do is answer phone calls and emails from military personnel, their families, their congregations, and their communities; creating a space in which they can discern the distinction between Christian faith and military service. We do not advocate for pacifism or just war, we share our experiences with others so that they do not have to discern in a vacuum. It is for that reason that we self-describe as a community instead of a ministry, though we do have some characteristics of the latter.
For example, we accept tax-deductible donations through our fiscal sponsor, The Simple Way of Philadelphia. There is no staff at the Guild, so every penny goes to our mission (which usually includes shipping costs, web hosting fees, phone bills, etc.). We have produced community newsletters, titled Change of Command, in the past, but time and energy restrictions have kept us from compiling a new issue for some time now (if you would like to help out with editing or soliciting articles, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org). You can read Change of Command on Scribd, see our videos on Vimeo, and we also keep a pretty active Twitter feed and Facebook Page. You can also buy a community tee-shirt (see below) to show your support and help fund our ongoing work with past, present, and future service members.
Part of what we’re devoted to is amplifying the voices of other military personnel in the Church, now and in history. There is a rich tradition of soldier saints and patriot pacifists that we try to share about for the betterment of both Church leadership and laity alike. Too often, these saints are overlooked, though they have much to teach us in our own time and context. You can see a rough calendar of these saints on our Google Calendar.