Duke divinity school explores ministering to veterans
Posted November 9, 2011
Durham, N.C. — Many veterans are haunted by the horrors of war as they try to return to life at home.
Starting Friday, Duke Divinity School is hosting a two-day forum, called After the Yellow Ribbon, to help address those veterans' needs.
Logan Mehl-Laituri, an Iraq war veteran and Duke divinity student, said he organized the conference to help others deal with the moral questions that struck him after combat.
"What do I do as a Christian? And there's also a number of questions that surround what do I do as a human being who has had to think and consider killing another human being," Mehl-Laituri said.
"The Christian tradition simply is non-retaliation," said divinity student Rev. Alan Felton, who served with the National Guard in Germany in the 1908s.
"No matter how justified that killing might seem in the moment, in the heat of the moment, it will never undo the evil that was done," he said.
Organizers said the After the Yellow Ribbon forum will help pastors explore how to minister to a nation at war and to the problems of service members and veterans. The forum runs Friday and Saturday in the Goodson Chapel at Duke University.