“Moral injury results when soldiers violate their core moral beliefs, and in evaluating their behavior negatively, they feel they no longer live in a reliable, meaningful world and can no longer be regarded as decent human beings. They may feel this even if what they did was warranted and unavoidable. Killing, torturing prisoners, abusing dead bodies, or failing to prevent such acts can elicit moral injury.

The Consequences of violating one’s conscience ... can be devastating. Responses include overwhelming depression, guilt, and self-medication through alcohol or drugs. Moral injury can lead veterans to feelings of worthlessness, remorse, and despair; they may feel as if they lost their souls in combat and are no longer who they were. Connecting emotionally to others becomes impossible for those trapped inside the walls of such feelings. When the consequences become overwhelming, the only relief may seem to be to leave this life behind.” From Soul Repair: Recovering from Moral Injury After War, (xv-xvi)


The Moral Injury & Soul Repair conference is January 29-30, 2015 at First United Methodist Church, (2111 Camino Del Rio S) in San Diego, CA.

This event is co-sponsored by First United Methodist Church, San Diego, the Pacific Southwest Region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), the United Church of Christ Southern California Nevada Conference, VA San Diego Health Care System, Chaplains Caring for Veterans and Families, San Diego, and

The conference Keynote Speaker is Rear Admiral Margaret KibbenChief of Chaplains, United States Navy. Click to read a full biography. View the introductory video "Focus on Service" below:

Plenary speakers include:
· Capt. Tyler E. Boudreau (US Marine Corp, ret.), Iraq War veteran and author of Packing Inferno: the Unmaking of a Marine
· Rev. Stephen B. Boyd, Minister for Chaplains & Specialized Ministers Ministerial Excellence, Support, & Authorization Ministry Team (MESA) United Church of Christ
· Rev. Dr. Rita Nakashima Brock, Research Professor and Director of the Soul Repair Center at Brite Divinity School and co-author of Soul Repair: Recovering from Moral Injury After War
· Dr. William Gibson, Clinical Psychologist, Neuropsychologist, and Coordinator of PTSD-SUD Services, Behavioral Health Outpatient Clinic, Canandaigua Veterans Administration Medical Center
· Rev. Belva Jordan, Associate Dean for Curriculum and Assessment and Associate Professor of the Practice of Ministry at the Claremont School of Theology and Acting Dean of the Disciples Seminary Foundation, Claremont, CA.
· Rev. Dr. Kristen Leslie, Professor of Pastoral Theology and Care at Eden Theological Seminary and a national expert on military sexual trauma
· Mr. Camilo Mejía, Iraq War veteran and Author of Road From Ar Ramadi: The Private Rebellion of Sergeant Camilo Mejía.
· Chaplain Zachary Moon, United States Navy Reserve Chaplain currently serving the Marine Corps, endorsed as a Quaker. Author of Coming Home: Military Service, Reintegration, and the Role of Congregations (Chalice Press, March 2015)


Discounted rates are available for Veterans and Active Duty Military Personnel. See below for a sample outline of costs. Online registration is available at the bottom of this page.

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A block of hotel rooms has been set aside for conference attendance at the Double Tree Hilton, San Diego (1515 Hotel Circle South, San Diego, CA 92108). Click to reserve a room in this block at the Doubletree Hilton, San Diego-Hotel Circle


If you have any questions, or would like additional information that you do not see provided above, contact Rev. Matthew Harris-Gloyer, Chair of the Organizing Committee.