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Moral Injury – the Silent Wound of War

Chaplain Kibben unfolds for the reader the impact of faith as lived out with authenticity in an act of service that becomes the sacred, that invites a person to trust, and thereby fosters the beginning of a journey toward healing.

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.

Thoughts on Virtual Violence

“Sad souls and broken hearts find rays of hope in grief. Anger and pain can yield to the power of love and forgiveness.” Rather than allowing violence and war to have control over our communities, congregations can bring their unique strengths and capacities for care toward healing and restoration.

Soul Repair and the Quest for Love

As the United Methodist Church and individual congregations are starting to explore their place in reaching out to veterans and caring for their needs, it is imperative to recognize the significance of our relationships with one another. Dr. Rita Brock said, “We must earn the right to hear the stories they have to tell.” If we do, maybe we will hear, “They love each other so much. Perhaps, they can love me too,” coming from anyone in our midst.

The Horse Doctor: a Balm for Soul Care

God’s presence was made real through the beauty of creation, story-telling, the unconditional love of a horse, conversation around the table, and worship with fellow journeyers. Across our country we have veterans returning from war. How can we journey with those who have experienced “soul loss?” The “horse doctor” is just one way.

Webinar: Narrative, Trauma Transformation and Faith Communities with David Anderson Hooker

This webinar will explore where and how trauma might be affecting the community and then consider a variety of approaches for responding to trauma within the community and congregation. Our relational approach to trauma emphasizes how trauma is manifested and also how we might respond to its manifestation. We will utilize a case study (provided in advance) for interactive discussion.