Since 2012, The Soul Repair Center at Brite Divinity School has offered public education and conducted research on moral injury and recovery for military veterans. During this time, it has educated religious and non-profit communities, employers, educators, religious leaders, chaplains, seminarians, and medical care-givers about the ways to support processes of healing for those who experience military moral injury and their families.
Dr. Nancy Ramsay, Professor of Pastoral Theology and Pastoral Care and Chair of the Soul Repair Center National Advisory Board, is Director of the Soul Repair Center. Under Dr. Ramsay’s leadership, the Center is giving primary attention to equipping faith communities from many religious traditions to engage in caring practices with veterans affected by moral injury and their families.
Regional conferences are being planned to educate and prepare faith communities and their religious leaders to be sources of support for individuals and the families of individuals affected by moral injury.
Since its official launch, the Center has been featured in national media stories. It is a major resource for:
- Training congregations and seminaries to
- Welcome veterans into their communities and serve the spiritual needs of veterans;
- Offer hospitality to veterans and friends and families struggling with moral injury;
- Develop ritual resources and study scriptures that address moral injury in their communities; and
- Provide useful programmatic resources for diverse religious communities.
- Organizing specialized and regional programs such as:
- Religious associations and congregations
- Colleges and Universities
- Veteran Associations
- Civic and Social Groups
- Medical care-givers
- Developing re-entry and reintegration processes that support long-term recovery and a hopeful future.
- Fostering research into moral injury and offering an online information source for understanding moral injury and the many dimensions of recovery.
- Supporting non-polarizing, complex, and engaged conversations about the moral questions that govern the conduct of war and other forms of socially sanctioned violence. These conversations enable non-partisan community engagement across traditional political and religious divides and foster deep listening practices that better serve the individual struggles of conscience in veterans.
- Disseminating information and training for places around the world that struggle in the aftermath of war and violence and that seek opportunities and avenues to support spiritual healing in their societies.
Center Receives $100,000 Donation Challenge!
A donor has given the Center a generous gift that will match donations in any amount, up to $100,000. The gift enables the Center to move in new directions outlined in the strategic plan created by its National Advisory Board a year ago. The Center will use the funds for a transition year to identify new sources of funding and new partnerships with TCU that can enable implementation of the strategic plan. To make a matching donation, CLICK HERE. Please select Soul Repair under gift designation. The amount of your contribution that is deductible for federal income tax purposes is limited to the excess of your contribution amount over the fair market value of the goods or services provided. We estimate the fair market value of the goods and services provided to you in connection with this contribution to be $60.00.
Donations of $100 or more will receive a complimentary signed copy of Exploring Moral Injury in Sacred Texts. Edited by Dr. Joseph McDonald, with a foreword by Dr. Rita N. Brock, it contains essays from Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, and American civil religion. Contributors include former and current Soul Repair Board members Rabbi Dr. David Blumenthal, Dr. Amir Hussain, and Rev. Michael Yandell. In addition, Brite Professor Dr. Warren Carter contributed an essay, and others include leading scholars such as Dr. Kelly Denton-Borhaug, Dr. Brad Kelle, Dr. Nancy Bowen, Dr. John Thompson, and Dr. Daniel Maguire.