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Andersen Airmen exercise spiritual resilience

ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE, Guam -- Spirituality can often help one feel connected to something bigger than themselves while being resilient.

When an individual goes through the darkest of hours and most trying of times and their still able to remain focused, that is what's called spiritual resilience. For many people, spirituality plays out in non-religious ways, such as through a focus on family or nature. However, spirituality can promote healthy lifestyle choices and the strength to endure hard times.

"On Andersen, the chapel staff hosts various events and services to fit every Airman's needs," said Chaplain (Capt.) Paul Loser, 36th Wing protestant chaplain. "From different church services to spiritual enriching classes, we try to incorporate activities for all ages."

An upcoming course the chapel is offering is the MarriageCare class. The class is geared toward helping Airmen and their spouses keep a healthy relationship.

"The families come take the class and they leave refreshed and more resilient than ever," said Loser.

All Airmen and their spouses are welcome to attend the course which will be held near the end of January. The class is held periodically throughout the year.

Other spiritually resilient based classes being offered to the Andersen community include the Mothers of Preschoolers program, weekly bibles studies, worship services and the Approved Workmen Are Not Ashamed program.

The chapel is working on providing more events and activities in the future for the Andersen community.

"We want to be constant with all the events," Loser said. "There's something going on all the time; we give everyone the opportunity to remain spiritually resilient."

For more information on chapel activities and upcoming events or to speak with a chaplain, call 366-6139.