David Anderson Hooker and others talk about restorative justice and forgiveness on The Huffington Post. Originally aired live on the morning of July 24, 2015.
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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.
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.
“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.
Col. Chaplain David Smith is presenting a session at the 2014 PA Veterans Forum entitled “Soul Care; A Journey Toward the Healing of the Wounded Soul” on Tuesday, November 18th.
“The Act of Killing” (2012) is a brilliant documentary in which the viewer embarks on an emotional journey with Anwar Congo. He is challenged by documentarian Joshua Oppenheimer to create a film depicting his experience as a celebrated executioner in the 1965 Indonesian genocide.
Our veterans who return from combat do so with a wound. Some have experienced a wound not so easily seen, a wound of the soul. Our nation has a special obligation to care for those who were wounded in service to our country. Even more so, the church has a calling to offer healing to our soul wounded warriors.
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.
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.
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.