Coming Home | Ministry that Matters with Veterans and Military Families (Moon)
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Coming home from military service is a process of reconnection and reintegration that is best engaged within a compassionate community.
There are almost 20 million veterans and service members living in the United States, including more than one million Americans deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan since 2001. Post-war life can be challenging unless there are communities responding with compassion and hospitality. How churches welcome and respond will be critical to the well-being of our nation’s veterans, their families, our local communities, and our nation.
Moon, a commissioned military chaplain, has seen the unique challenges for those adjusting to post-war life. In this book, he prepares congregations to mobilize a receptive and restorative ministry with military service members and their families. Designed to be accessible to both clergy and laypersons, this is an ideal resource for individuals or small groups interested in addressing the opportunities and challenges facing veterans and their families. Discussion questions and other resources included will help support small-group dialogue and community building.
"I was deployed to the Middle East, as an Army Reserve chaplain, in August 2005 and redeployed home over 16 months later. Most of the wounds of war that I dealt with, while I served as a chaplain, were of the mind, heart and soul. Upon my return home I gave myself about five weeks to reintegrate, get my life together and to return to the local church that I was serving. I thought, after all that should be long enough, I am a chaplain and I am in the business of making it right. I was wrong; it was not nearly long enough. ...Coming Home would have been invaluable upon my return. I would have handed a copy to every member of my congregation. It is not that they were not loving, caring, accepting, and welcoming but more that we all just wanted to get back to 'normal' as quickly as possible. Coming Home would have shown us, and given us the permission, to take our time." —Rev. Stephen B. Boyd, CH (COL-ret), US Army Reserve, United Church of Christ
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Zachary Moon is a commissioned military chaplain who previously served as a chaplain in the VA hospital system and with combat veterans in residential treatment for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. He received his Masters of Divinity from Chicago Theological Seminary and is currently a PhD candidate at Iliff School of Theology. He lives with his wife and his two enthusiastic toddlers in Denver, Colorado.