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Program puts chaplains in bar to lend ear

January 27, 2008

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— Barflies, forget having to talk your troubles over with a bartender.

A pastor plans to put teams of chaplains in local bars in Carlisle, Pa., so they can lend a sympathetic ear to patrons who may need one.

The chaplains won't preach against drinking or evangelize when the program starts at Market Cross Pub, organizer Chuck Kish said.

"We're simply going to be there to help anybody who wants it. Sometimes people really just want somebody they can talk to who is not going to be judgmental, but be sympathetic," he said.

"Some people may think this would be a strange place to find a chaplain. But we need to go where the people are," said Kish, a 44-year-old senior pastor at the Bethel Assembly of God in Carlisle, southwest of Harrisburg.

Chaplains will work in teams, one male and one female, and will be in the bar for about three hours on the first Friday of every month, he said.

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