Moral Injury, Soul Repair, and the Gifts of Congregational Life

Date(s) - 01/10/2015
9:00 am - 1:45 pm

Northway Christian Church


Moral Injury, Soul Repair, and the Gifts of Congregational Life
Eighth Jean and Parker F. Wilson Seminar
January 10, 9:00 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.
Northway Christian Church, Dallas

Veterans recovering from the moral anguish of war have no better partner than benevolent, caring community that understands questions like “why did God abandon me? Or, “How can I ever face God after all the killing I have done?” Lifelong community and friendship are crucial in the creation of a new moral identity. A community that affirms the spirit of God in all humanity can hold that truth for those who struggle to find it again. This seminar will focus on the multiple ways congregational life can support soul repair, not only in veterans, but also in civilian professions that involve life and death decisions. Multiple ways include rituals, art, and biblical interpretation, so bring your Bibles and your creativity.

P7010116Rita Nakashima Brock, Director of the Soul Repair Center, Brite Divinity School
Rita Nakashima Brock was raised in a military family, and she is the first Asian American woman ever to earn a doctorate in theology (Claremont Graduate University, 1988) and to serve on the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Religion. She was a professor for 18 years before becoming Director of a think tank for distinguished scholars at Harvard University–the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. An internationally distinguished lecturer and award-winning author, her 2008 book with Rebecca Ann Parker, Saving Paradise: How Christianity Traded Love of This World for Crucifixion and Empire, was a finalist for the American Academy of Religion Award in constructive, reflective theological studies and a best book of the year in Publisher’s Weekly. Her most recent book is Soul Repair: Recovering from Moral Injury After War, co-authored with Gabriella Lettini.