Grace to you and peace from your brothers and sisters in Durham, where I join you from Saint Josephs Episcopal Church, and greetings from your humble servants in Centurions Guild, an ecumenical community of soldiers, veterans, and civilians wrestling between Christian faith, armed service, and national identity, for whom I speak as Executive Officer. I have come […]
Delivered April 5, 2014 at the Keep Making Peace conference, put on by the Michigan State University Wesley Foundation. This sermon is a blood relative of another I gave at Duke Divinity for a graduate course on Theology & Trauma. ~ This morning, I sought to stretch your minds. We engaged academically with moral injury; its popular […]
Bereft of any anchor, those who’ve served, fought, & killed in war toss violently about the moral tempest left of the world after we’ve seen what it can be in all its ugliness.
Maurice is close to my heart because he is the patron saint of infantries, like the one in which I served during my deployment to Iraq in 2004.
Not long after a combat deployment to Iraq, I wrestled with how my professional obligations conflicted with my vocation as a Christian.