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.