Why Lone Rangers Always Fail – By Dave Brubaker

Leading a successful change process in a congregation, even a very traditional one, is possible. But to do so a leader must earn the right to make that change and partner with others to make it happen. Lone ranger leaders who ride into Dodge and transform an entire community exist only in the movies. In the reality of congregational life, we need a patient posse.

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New Soul Care Initiative Micro-Site

I am excited to announce JustPeace’s launch of the Soul Care Initiative website.

I have engaged faith communities and faith partners over the last 6 months regarding their concern for our veterans and their families, especially about maintaining health and wholeness. During these conversations we recognized the need for a means to communicate, collaborate, and facilitate resources and practices that are a part of the cultivation of spiritual care and the development of resiliency for our veterans and their families.

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Bishop Ward – Conflict Transformation & The Easter story

As the Lenten journey unfolds, the tensions increase. The anxieties escalate. When Jesus gathers for the Last Supper and shares the cup and the loaf with His closest followers, there is tension in room, conflict in the room. Betrayal and denial are all a part of this Lenten story.

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Understanding the Elephant in the Room – Moral Injury

Within the last decade, there have been several experts who have addressed the realities of moral injury; Jonathan Shay, Brett Litz, Rita Nakashima Brock, and Gabriella Lettini. The concept is currently used in literature on the mental health of military veterans who have witnessed or perpetrated a moral transgression in combat. Each of these scholars and behavior health professionals have researched the effects of moral injury from a psychological, cultural, and spiritual perspective.

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American Sniper – Human Experience of War

Beyond the debate of the film’s accuracy, form, or politics, the value of the film opens the viewer to the human story of war and its aftermath. Zachary Moons’s post American Sniper and the War Story We Cannot Tell on Huffington Post highlights the complex challenges returning veterans and their families experience. Equally as important is our responsibility to understand the human experience of war and the people who return from fighting them.

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