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2009 Annual Gathering

Trauma Healing – Preparing Churches to Receive Returning Military Personnel

“It will take courage to listen to him and patience,” said the Rev. Laura Bender, a United Methodist Navy chaplain. “Refrain from giving easy answers. Remember your love for him transcends your position on war.”

On April 1-2, 2009, JustPeace hosted it’s Annual Gathering on the topic of Trauma Healing and preparing churches and church leaders in welcoming returning military personnel.   The event which was sponsored in partnership with the General Board of Discipleship (GBOD) and the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM) took place in Nashville, TN.

Below you will find resources, articles, liturgies and links that were shared during the 2009 event, as well as updated additions we have gathered more recently from the event participants.

The 2009 Annual Gathering leaders

  • Keynote Speaker Biographies (.pdf)

    The Rev. Laura Bender, United Methodist Navy chaplain, blesses the elements of Holy Communion during worship at the 2009 JustPeace conference in Nashville, Tenn. UMNS photos by Kathy L. Gilbert.

  • Panel Biographies (.pdf)


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