Memorial Day and Military Moral Injury: How Might Faith Leaders and Communities Respond?
Tuesday, April 25, 2023
2:00 p.m. EDT
Memories of engaging in war and military interventions forever shape the lives of veterans of such conflicts, the families of those who love them, and especially the families whose loved ones died in service. Active-duty personnel also deeply understand the toll of conflict. Such grief is palpable and enduring. How could faith communities in the Abrahamic Traditions recognize this National Day of Remembrance in ways that acknowledge the moral complexity of war and the costliness of peace? How may recognition of the costliness of war in services preceding the national holiday be at once a comfort to those who mourn and a reminder of the centrality of peace in these faith traditions? These questions will shape this webinar led by military chaplains whose lives and service are shaped by Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.There will be time for discussion among the presenters, and time for questions. A recording of the webinar will be posted on the Soul Repair Center’s website and the VOA’s YouTube channel within two weeks of the webinar.
Chaplain Emily B. Rosenzweig, Lt. US Marines, COMDESRON 9 (USA). Rabbi Rosenzweig began her service as an active-duty Navy Chaplain in 2012. She was the first recipient of the Navy Chaplain Corps’ CAPT Joshua Goldberg Award for achievement in facilitation for those outside her faith group. Prior to commissioning, Rabbi Rosenzweig served a congregation in Columbus, OH for five years. She is a graduate of Hebrew Union college-Jewish Institute of Religion in Los Angeles where she also earned an MA in Jewish Education. She is now serving as a chaplain in the Marine Corps.
Chaplain Ibraheem Raheem, Colonel, US Army. DMin, MBA, ACPE-CE, BCC Director of the School for Spiritual Care and CPE, the Graduate School, US Army Institute for Religious Leadership. Chaplain Raheem has served the Army in several roles. Initially he served as a nurse in Germany. In 1999 he began his service as a chaplain. He has deployed in Korea, Iraq (2 tours), and Germany. Prior to his current role at the Army Institute, he was a chaplain at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. He holds a B.S. (health Science), MBA (Public Management), an MA in Religious Practice, and a DMin with emphasis in addictions ministry. He is also a member of the Association of Muslim Chaplains.
Chaplain Glenda Jennings Harrison, Commander U.S. Marine Corps (ret.) served 21 years in the USN and the Marines prior to retirement in 2018. She holds a BA from the University of the District of Columbia, an MDiv from Howard University School of Divinity, and MST from Duke Divinity School. She is a graduate of the USN War College. Chaplain Jennings Harrison has served assignments in Japan and multiple locations in the United States including shipboard, Arlington National Cemetery; as Staff Chaplain and plank owner Safe Harbor for the Navy’s Wounded Warrior Program; Commander, Navy Installations Command, Washington Navy Yard; Command Group Chaplain USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, Norfolk, VA; Marine Corps Installations Pacific Command, Okinawa, Japan; and Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (2016-2018).
The Soul Repair Center at Brite Divinity School offers free monthly webinars of use to religious leaders and professional caregivers supporting veterans and their families.