After the Yellow Ribbon

After the Yellow Ribbon

Duke Divinity School

November 11, 2011 to November 12, 2011

Veterans today commit suicide at the highest rate in our nation’s history, have startling rates of prescription drug and alcohol abuse, and are often thought of as “damaged goods.” Our society must accept the responsibility of acknowledging and confronting the moral fragmentation that our service members suffer as a result of their experiences in war. After the Yellow Ribbon at Duke Divinity School is an opportunity for the ecclesial, academic, and martial communities in particular to listen to and learn from those who endure the burden of doing violence in our name.

We invite practitioners of all disciplines, from music and the arts to theology and mental health, to respond to the challenge presented by the plight of soldiers and veterans in our midst. We want to work together to improve our efforts at prevention and reconstitution, and overcome this tragic epidemic. After the Yellow Ribbon is designed to stimulate conversation between the church, military and academic communities so that all might approach service members and veterans as human beings, and more fully understand and heal the unseen wounds of war (including PTSD and moral injury). 

Presenters include:

  • Lt. Col. Pete Kilner, ethicist, United States Military Academy at West Point
  • Derek Webb, performing artist and activist
  • Gen. Stephen N. Xenakis, retired Army Brigadier General and practicing psychiatrist
  • Ch. Col. Herman Keizer, retired Army Chaplain Colonel
  • Dr. Warren Kinghorn, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Pastoral and Moral Theology at Duke Divinity School
  • Dr. J. Warren Smith, Associate Professor of Historical Theology at Duke Divinity School
  • David Miller, DMin, Associate Professor of Missional Leadership Development,Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary
  • Peter Bowen, President of Servite High School
  • Joshua Casteel, former Army interrogator, conscientious objector, author and playwright
  • Dr. Harold Kudler, Associate Clinical Professor at Duke University
  • Janice Jenner, Director of Practice and Training Institute of the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University
  • Rev. Shirley King and Patricia Harris, Women Veterans Support Services
  • Shenandoah Nieuwsma, Ph.D Candidate Religious Studies, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
  • VA Chaplains Bill Cantrell and John Oliver
  • William Portier, Mary Ann Spearin Chair of Catholic Theology at the University of Dayton.
  • Maj. Ken Walden, pastor, Lakewood Methodist Church, author


After the Yellow Ribbon is organized by Milites Christi, a Duke Divinity School student organization. Milites Christi (Soldiers of Christ) is a Duke Divinity School student organization dedicated to cultivating conversations with students, staff, and faculty, to advance the interests of prospective, current, and former service members in the church, world, and academy. Our primary aim is to develop a pastoral response to the problem of war and peace based on a fundamental conviction that God directs us towards peaceful resolution of conflict.

Schedule

Friday, November 11

8:00 a.m.: Goodson Chapel. Morning Prayer. Service of Word and Table. A brand new icon of St. Martin of Tours, written by Roman Catholic iconographer Fr. William Hart McNichols, will be unveiled. Dr. Jo Bailey Wells, Celebrant. Goodson Chapel. Open to the public.

6:30 p.m.: Goodson Chapel. Keynote Address: "Making Sense of the Beauty and Tragedy of a Combat Deployment" Lt. Col. Peter Kilner, Army officer, Academy Professor, and Director of the Center for the Advancement of Leader Development and Organizational Learning,  United States Military Academy at West Point. Open to the public.

8:00 p.m.: Reception. Open to the public.

Saturday, November 12

Registration costs for Saturday's events are $10 for military service members and veterans, $10 for current students, and $35 for regular registration. 

9:00 a.m.: Goodson Chapel. Welcome and “Exploring the Moral Landscape: Military, Theological, and Academic Intersections,” a panel discussion featuring:

  • 1LT Elyse Gustafson, US Army Reserves
  • Ch. Col. Herman Keizer (retired)
  • Dr. Warren Kinghorn, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Pastoral and Moral Theology

11:00 a.m.: Morning Workshops

  • Lt. Col. Pete Kilner, ethicist, United States Military Academy at West Point; 0016 Westbrook
  • Dr. J. Warren Smith, Associate Professor of Historical Theology at Duke Divinity School: York Reading Room
  • VA Chaplains Bill Cantrell and John Oliver; Alumni Memorial Common Room
  • Shenandoah Nieuwsma, Ph.D Candidate Religious Studies, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill; 042 Langford
  • Rev. Shirley King and Patricia Harris, Women Veterans Support Services; 041 Langford

12:00 p.m.: Divinity School Refectory. Lunch (provided)

1:30 p.m.: Goodson Chapel. “Mapping the Moral Landscape: Discovering Resources for Recovery,” a panel discussion featuring:

  • Gen. Stephen N. Xenakis, retired Army Brigadier General and practicing psychiatrist
  • David Miller, DMin, Associate Professor of Missional Leadership Development, Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary
  • Peter Bowen, President of Servite High School

3:30 p.m.: Afternoon Workshops

  • Derek Webb, performing artist and activist; 0016 Westbrook
  • Dr. Harold Kudler, Associate Clinical Professor at Duke University; Alumni Memorial Common Room
  • Dr. William Portier, Mary Ann Spearin Chair of Catholic Theology at the University of Dayton; York Reading Room
  • Janice Jenner, Director of Practice and Training Institute of the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University
  • Maj. Ken Walden, pastor, Lakewood Methodist Church, author; 042 Langford
  • Rev. Shirley King and Patricia Harris, Women Veterans Support Services; 0041 Langford

4:30 p.m.: Adjournment

8:00 p.m.: Derek Webb concert at Trinity United Methodist Church, Durham, NC (Doors open at 7:30 p.m.) Tickets are included in event registration or can be purchased separately, $10 in advance or $15 at the door.

After the Yellow Ribbon will be held on Duke’s campus in Durham, N.C. at the Divinity School. Limited parking spaces are available on campus and cost $2 per hour.

Parking passes for the Bryan Center Parking Deck can be requested for Saturday, Nov. 12 at the time of registration for $3.

All registered participants will receive parking instructions in their registration confirmation.

The Derek Webb concert will be at Trinity United Methodist Church in Durham, N.C.

Questions

For more information or questions about the conference, contact Leadership Education at Duke Divinity at (919) 613-5323.

Concert

On Saturday, Nov. 12, Derek Webb will be performing at Trinity United Methodist Church at 8:00 p.m.

Concert tickets are included in the conference registration fees. The general public may purchase tickets for $10 in advance or $15 at the door.

Registration is $10 for military service members and veterans, $10 for students, and $35 for the general public.

Registration includes all conference events, lunch on Saturday, and a ticket to the Derek Webb concert on Saturday evening.

Tickets may be purchased for the concert only for $10.

Register

To learn more about the effects of moral injury on soldiers, including video commentary from Stanley Hauerwas, Jo Bailey and Sam Wells, Anathea Portier-Young, Richard Hays, and other Duke faculty, please visit http://sites.duke.edu/aftertheyellowribbon/