The Soul Repair Center offers free monthly webinars of use to religious leaders and professional caregivers supporting veterans and their families.
“Effective Care for Male Survivors of Military Sexual Trauma”
Tuesday, September 28, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. EDT
This webinar addresses the emotional experience and “afterlife” of MST for male survivors. Panelists with experience in offering care offer strategies and resources for effective responses to men who experience military sexual trauma.
Chaplain Mel Baars O’Malley, Major in the U.S. Army, is currently stationed at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, VA. Before her current assignment, she was a chaplain for wounded, ill, and injured Soldiers in Fort Carson, CO and was deployed for one year as a chaplain at the largest detention facility in Afghanistan. A Presbyterian minister, she holds a B.A. from Duke University, an M.Div. from Duke Divinity School, an M.A. from the University of Cape Town, and a D.Min from Erskine Theological School. Her research is focused in the area of Male survivors of Military Sexual Trauma.
Rev. Dr. Kristen J. Leslie is Professor of Pastoral Theology and Care at Eden Theological Seminary, St. Louis, MO. Dr. Leslie is a feminist pastoral theologian. She addresses issues of survivor resilience in the aftermath of sexualized violence in the United States military, on college campuses, and in post-genocide contexts. She has served as a Military Sexual Trauma (MST) subject matter expert for the U.S. Navy and Air Force chaplain corps.
Chaplain Ibraheem A. Raheem, Lieutenant Colonel, US Army. Chaplain Raheem is currently the Director of Clinical Pastoral Education, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. Initially, Chaplain, Raheem entered the Army as a Nurse with deployment in Germany. In 1999 he began his service as an active duty US Army Chaplain. He has been deployed in Korea, two tours in Iraq, Germany, and various locations in the US including his assignment now at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.
Current Theological Reflections on Military Moral Injury
Wednesday, October 20, 2021
Registration open soons
Rita Nakashima Brock is an American feminist scholar, Protestant theologian, activist, and non-profit organization leader. She is Senior Vice President for Moral Injury Programs at Volunteers of America, headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, and a Commissioned Minister in the Christian Church.
Kelly Denton-Borhaug has long been investigating how religion and violence collide in American war-culture. She teaches in the global religions department at Moravian University. She is the author of two books, U.S. War-Culture, Sacrifice and Salvation and, more recently, And Then Your Soul is Gone: Moral Injury and U.S. War-Culture. She recently wrote “Why Are So Many Military Brothers and Sisters Taking Their Own Lives?” forTomDispatch,com. See her faculty website for information about additional publications and podcasts about her work addressing religion and moral injury.
Brian Powers is the inaugural William Bernard Vann Fellow at Durham University, a former Special Operations Weather Team officer in the U.S. Air Force and a veteran of the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. He holds a Ph.D in Theological Studies from Emory University and is interested in the ways that Christian theology shapes and also fails to shape our thinking about contemporary moral, ecclesial and political issues – most notably those involving violence, moral injury, identity and justice. His monograph, Full Darkness: A Original Sin, Moral Injury and Wartime Violence contends that a modified Augustinian conception of original sin holds deep explanatory power to illuminate the nature of wartime violence, particularly through the lens of moral injury and veteran trauma.
“Moral Injury Recovery in the Aftermath of COVID”
An online course on moral injury recovery processes for chaplains, clergy, spiritual carers to apply in their contexts
September 20, 2021
November 2, 2021
October 4, 2021
November 8, 2021
December 13, 2021
12:00- 8:30 p.m. ET
Cost: $25-$150 (sliding scale)
Learn more and register at https://shay-moral-injury-center.teachable.com/p/home
Hosted by The Shay Moral Injury Center at Volunteers of America
“For the Healing of the Nation: Understanding Moral Injury in the Wake of the Pandemic”
A Conference at National Cathedral January 11, 2022
Co-Hosted by National Cathedral and the Shay Moral Injury Center at Volunteers of America
More details coming soon
The webinars are co-sponsored by the Shay Center of the VOA