Well guys, it's been over a month now since I wrote to the head of the police clergy team as a follow up to the conversation in which he told me my application had been denied. I requested something in writing stating the specific reason and the statute on which they based their decision. I know he received the letter because I followed up with him a couple of weeks after I mailed it. He said he was still "looking into" the matter. He's been "looking into" it for months.
Does it seem unreasonable to request something in writing? Personally, I think it's a matter of professional courtesy. When I asked him about in our last phone conversation he said, "I don't think that's going to be possible." Why not?
This whole thing has been going on way too long. It's been a year now since I first submitted my application and it's just been one excuse after the other.
Most people I know have been encouraging me to pursue this. My mom, however, believes I should just let it go. She thinks it would just be
too difficult to work with a bunch of male clergy members that don't want me to be part of their team. I really don't care how they feel about me.
They're not the ones I'm going to be ministering to. It's the officers, their spouses and the victims that are my concern. They are the ones who I need to build relationships and trust with. I already know from speaking with several officers I know that they feel there is a definite need for a female police chaplain in our local department.
My next step, which I plan to do this week, is to contact an attorney. I may really have to put up a fight to get this position, but I'm determined to see it through. Please continue to send good vibes and prayers. And, if you
have any suggestions, let me know. Thanks so much!