Next Roundtable: May 15, 12:30pm

“Nuclear Ethics and Conscience”

Join us over lunch from 12:30 - 2pm, Tuesday, May 15 for a different sort of roundtable.  On this day, celebrated as International Conscientious Objector's Day, we will discuss issues of ethics and conscience regarding nuclear annihilation.  This topic is so monumental and anxiety-provoking that we will seek to discuss it within a sacred container.  Instead of focusing on a speaker, we will have the opportunity to voice quotes from a number of stakeholders as a stimulant to our discussion.  We are aware that veterans have a variety of reactions in the aftermath of their deployments with nuclear weaponry.

What protects the conscience of service members as they fulfill their duties?  We will be considering the right of service members to selective conscientious objection, which is to a particular war or means of conducting it.  While it is always legal to refuse to follow an illegal order, can triggering the destruction of the planet ever be a legal order?  We know that we will only be beginning our discussion on May 15 and look forward to other forums for continuing it.  We are addressing this topic as threats about nuclear war are being made and the Koreans are acting to create a nuclear-free zone.  Over 130 UN countries are seeking to ban nuclear weapons.  See more from the International Campaign Against Nuclear Weapons at http://www.icanw.org.

To pre-register send an email to   or call (612) 871-2967. Open to anyone interested in ministry with veterans and their families at no charge.  Our Saviour's Lutheran Church, 2315 Chicago Ave. S., Minneapolis. 

Some previous topics:

  • "Art as Antidote to Moral Injury" -- four veterans shared their stories of how making expressive art has helped them heal.
  • Coleen Rowley and Larry Johnson -- panel on "Reflecting on Conscience and War"
  • Eric Strom, LicSW, former Marine, behavioral health specialist with the Minnesota Army National Guard, and staff with the MN Trauma Project discussed the importance of knowing about the way trauma has impact.
  • "Seeking Root Causes: How the Community May Need Healing" was the topic addressed by Paul Riedner, MBA, an artist, Iraq vet, and executive director of the Veteran Resilience Project.
  • Minnesota National Guard Chaplain Buddy Winn, a member of Living Word Christian Center and a member of the Guard for 27 years, and since 2013 a full-time support chaplain, spoke. He discussed issues of moral injury.  
  • Cortney Amundson, an Air Force veteran with an MA in ecopsychology, discussed "Nature As A Partner in Healing". Cortney discussed the beneficial effects of outdoor recreation, gardening, bonding with animals, nature-based journaling, wilderness restoration, and similar outdoors/nature experiences.

Vets Ministry Roundtables

Since 2005, the Coming Home Collaborative has convened bi-monthly vets' ministry roundtables. These meetings, hosted by Our Saviour's, welcome  anyone interested in ministry with veterans.  We network, learn from each other's ministries,  and share resources oriented towards promoting best practices. 

This group usually meets every other month during the academic year. A simple lunch is provided gratis by the Coming Home Collaborative. Please pre-register: (612) 871-2967 or send an email to .

If you can't attend this month, but would like to hear about future meetings, please contact . Additional information is also posted on our Facebook page.


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