What war veterans need, says Rev. Dr. Rita Nakashima Brock of the Truth Commission on Conscience in War, “is for people to let them tell their stories and listen, and most congregations don’t really have a clue how to do that.” More
“Part of what’s in a pilgrim’s heart is this longing for more in life and the idea of being on a journey,” says Randy Haycock, a chaplain at Walter Reed Army Medical Center who leads monthly pilgrimages to Washington National Cathedral for Walter Reed’s Warrior Transition Brigade. More
“Once you have empowered a disabled person artistically, you have in fact empowered a disabled person,” says this Georgetown University chaplain who ministers to wounded combat veterans and amputees through the theatre. More
Revisit our November 2007 Web-only essay on dealing with the spiritual and moral pain of war. “My sense is that this is a fundamentally religious issue,” says clinical psychiatrist Jonathan Shay, an expert on combat trauma. “It’s possible to package it as a mental health issue, but I think we lose out.” More
Watch our conversation about the moral considerations of withdrawing from Iraq with William Galston, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, Prof. Nancy Sherman of Georgetown University, and Richard Land, president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention. More
The story of a group of American soldiers, all conscientious objectors and Seventh Day Adventists, who volunteered to expose themselves to deadly viruses and bacteria, rather than go to war. Over a 20-year period, beginning in the 1950s, the army used them to test vaccines against biological weapons. Most of them recall the experience without regret.