“Moral Trauma”

2015 Iowa School for Ministry Faculty

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Moral Trauma

The Iowa UM School for Ministry is pleased to announce that Dr. Rita Nakashima Brock, Dr. Pamela Lightsey and Dr. Kristen Leslie have agreed to speak on the topic of Moral Trauma at our 2015 School, which will be held on April 21-24, 2015 at Honey Creek Resort State Park. Note: this is NOT the week immediately following Easter! Download our 2015 flyer to share with your congregation & friends.

It is suggested that 2015 school participants read the book: "Soul Repair: Recovering from Moral Injury after War". {available at Amazon or Barnes & Noble}

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Rev. Dr. Rita Nakashima Brock is Research Professor of Theology and Culture and Founding Co-Director of the Soul Repair Center at Brite Divinity School. A noted theologian, she has lectured all over the world. In her two years leading the Soul Repair Center, Dr. Brock has become an internationally recognized expert on the emerging study of moral injury and recovery. She is a commissioned minister of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and has served in a number of prominent leadership positions, including being the first chair of the Common Global Ministries Board of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and the United Church of Christ. Her book, co-authored with Rebecca Ann Parker, Saving Paradise: How Christianity Traded Love of This World for Crucifixion and Empire, was a finalist for an American Academy of Religion Award in reflective, constructive theological studies, and Publisher’s Weekly selected it as a best book in religion in 2008. In December 2008, she and Dr. Gabriella Lettini began work on the Truth Commission on Conscience in War (www.conscienceinwar.org), which, in November 2010, recommended extensive public education on moral injury. In response, she and Dr. Lettini co-authored Soul Repair: Recovery from Moral Injury After War (Beacon, 2012). A native of Fukuoka, Japan, whose mother was trained in nursing by the Red Cross after WW II, Dr. Brock’s birth father was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War and her stepdaughter was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and the Vietnam War who served 29 years in the military. Dr. Brock earned her Ph.D. in philosophy of religion and theology in 1988 from Claremont Graduate University, becoming the first Asian American woman in the country to earn a doctorate in theology and the first ever to serve on the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Religion (AAR). She was a professor of religion and women‘s studies for twenty years before becoming Director of the Bunting Institute at Radcliffe College in 1997. The Bunting was an advanced research institute for exceptional women in every academic and professional field, as well as in the arts, sciences, and civic leadership. She was a member of the strategic planning team that designed the new Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study that included the Bunting and that merged with Harvard University in 1999 as its tenth school. From 2001-2002, she was a Fellow at the Center for Values in Public Life at Harvard Divinity School.

Rev. Dr. Pamela Lightsey is a scholar, social justice activist, and military veteran whose academic and research interests include: classical and contemporary just war theory, Womanist theology, Queer theory and theology, and African American religious history and theologies. An ordained elder in the Northern Illinois Conference of the United Methodist Church, Pamela pastored an urban church on the south side of Chicago, has done work for several UM general agencies and has strong connections within several mainline denominations. She has been a member of the Pan Methodist Commission for the last two quadrennials. She currently co-chairs the American Academy of Religion’s Womanist Approaches to Religion and Society Group. She is a member of the Executive Committee for the Soul Repair Project, which studies the role of moral injury in veterans. The project is funded by several sources including a Lilly Endowment grant and is directed by feminist scholar, Dr. Rita Nakashima Brock. Pamela’s publications include “Reconciliation,” in Radical Evangelical (Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company) and “If There Should Come a Word” in Black United Methodists Preach! (Abingdon Press).

Rev. Dr. Kristen Leslie joined the Eden faculty for the fall 2010 semester as our Professor of Pastoral Care and Theology. Dr. Leslie comes to Eden from Yale Divinity School, where she taught in Pastoral Care and Counseling. She has a Bachelor’s degree from the College of Wooster, a Master of Divinity degree from Yale Divinity School, and a Doctorate from Claremont School of Theology. Dr. Leslie’s research has focused on intercultural pastoral theology; womanist and feminist pastoral counseling; pastoral theological implications of sexualized violence, particularly on pastoral counseling issues for survivors of acquaintance rape; and ministry in higher education with young adults. She has taught many specialized courses on pastoral care, and has led international travel seminars to Bosnia, Croatia and Australia. She has worked with chaplains at the United States Air Force Academy on issues of sexualized violence and religious intolerance. In 2005, Professor Leslie co-authored the report that brought to light the problem of Christian proselytizing at the Air Force Academy. Dr. Leslie is the author of Three Decades of Women Writing for Their Lives in Feminist and Womanist Pastoral Theology, and the book, When Violence Is No Stranger: Pastoral Care and Counseling with Survivors of Acquaintance Rape. She has prepared and presented numerous journal articles and public lectures on pastoral care, chaplaincy and spiritual care after rape. She occasionally is called on as a consultant for matters related to clergy misconduct, religious intolerance and sexualized violence. Dr. Leslie is an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church and has served on several different governing boards for the denomination.