JACK DAY'S WORLDS
All of us live in many worlds--the world of work, the world of family, the world of community. The nature of things is that these worlds stay fairly separate. When we meet someone from work while shopping, there's sometimes a moment's confusion--the person is out of place, he or she has stepped out of the world where we expect them. Only a few of our better friends know us in more than one of our worlds. This page invites you into step into Jack Day's different worlds:
Directory of Jack Day's Worlds
- I am ordained clergy of the United Methodist Church and a clergy member of the Baltimore-Washington Conference. I currently serve as Executive Director of the International Conference of War Veteran Ministers , an association of clergy and religious workers of all faiths who are also veterans of military conflicts. I serve as Consultant, Alcoholism, Other Addictions and Health Care Program, United Methodist General Board of Church and Society, with a major emphasis on assisting represent United Methodiste perspectives on health care reform; and Candidate, Doctor of Ministry Program, Wesley Theological Seminary, in the track "Faith and the Health of Communities."
From July 1, 2003 to June 30, 2008, I was pastor of Grace United Methodist Church, Upperco, Maryland. For five generations, members of my Day family have been ordained ministers. Selected sermons and other public presentations are displayed at the Doing Justice, Loving Mercy: Sermons and Services site. In 2000 a sermon won a prize as an "exemplary submission" from the John Templeton Foundation. From October 2000 to March 2001 I served as interim co-pastor at St. James United Methodist Church, in West Friendship, Maryland. My home church is Christ United Methodist Church, Columbia, Maryland.
- Until July 2003, I served at the United Methodist General Board of Church and Society as Program Director, Health and Wholeness, in the Ministry of Public Witness and Advocacy. My specific work focuses, in response to resolutions passed by the United Methodist General Conference, were health care legislation, notably universal health care, as well as congregational observance of Health Care Sabbaths, and mental illness, especially promoting development of a mental illness network of "Caring Communities" in United Methodist congregations. I still provide GBCS some consultation in these areas.
- I am a founding member, webmaster, and Executive Director of the International Conference of War Veteran Ministers , founded in 1989 as the National Conference of Viet Nam Veteran Ministers. The ICWVM site has further links to Vietnam veteran and spiritual healing sites. As part of ICWVM I have worked with the Sidran Institute in Towson, Maryland to develop a curriculum for clergy and congregations as part of the Pastoral Care for Trauma Survivors Project. This curriculum, "Risking Connection in Faith Communities: A Curriculum for Faith Leaders Supporting Trauma Survivors was published in 2006.
- Browningsville Connections (Genealogy) Information and links to Day, Walker, Beall, Purdum, King, Boyer, Lewis and other families of upper Montgomery County, Maryland. Once I thought perhaps Kittimaquund, Tapac of the Piscataways, was an ancestor; now he appears to be an ancestor's uncle!
From Inner Mongolia to Chapel Hill I grew up in a missionary family. Kindergarten was in Peking; most recent graduate school was in North Carolina. In between was Woodstock, a boarding school in the Himalaya mountains. I had a Chinese name -- Dai Wan Kwang -- almost as soon as I could pronounce my American name.
- Vietnam Chaplain: Central Highlands Diary Going back to Asia wearing a uniform made for a very different world. Fortunately, I took a camera. Thirty-five years later, in June 2004, I returned to Vietnam. Eight pages of photos start here.
- Deserts and Oases: A Veteran's Poetry Many of these poems are verbal snapshots; one of them won me an airplane ticket to Canton, NY.
- The World of Travel. We love to travel. Some of the photos can now find their way to the web.
My father's career in China, Malaysia, and Indonesia provided my first environment. At the age of 94, he died on June 5, 2005. Do visit his website and leave a note in his guestbook.
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