Expert on ‘moral injury’ to speak about work with veterans on March 31

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Mar. 13, 2015 — Drury University will host the Rev. Dr. Rita Nakashima Brock, an internationally recognized expert on the emerging study of moral injury as a result of combat, for a lecture at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 31 in Clara Thompson Hall. The event is free and open to the public. Brock is a research professor of theology and culture at Brite Divinity School at Texas Christian University.

Brock will address the suffering of many veterans of war who still deal with the psychological and physical pain of their experiences in battle. She describes moral injury as “a complex wound of the soul,” resulting from empathy and self-reflection on values in the wake of morally ambiguous, extreme conditions. Brock uses the term “soul repair” as a way to describe the process of recovery from moral injury. She is the co-founder and director of the Soul Repair Center the Brite School.

The Rev. Dr. Rita Nakashima Brock

The Rev. Dr. Rita Nakashima Brock

“The Drury School of Religion is pleased to offer Drury and the Springfield area the opportunity to hear Dr. Nakashima Brock talk about her work with veterans seeking to recover from the trauma of war,” said Dr. Peter Browning, professor of religion and chaplain at Drury. “We hope this lecture will be beneficial not only to our own student veterans but to veterans and those who care about them throughout the Ozarks.”

Dr. Brock’s ministry to veterans fits well with Drury’s own commitment to military members and their families, which dates back to the days after World War II, when buses brought soldiers from Fort Leonard Wood to classes held on the Springfield campus. Today, one of Drury’s branch locations is at Fort Leonard Wood. For the past four years in a row, Victory Media has recognized Drury as a “Military Friendly School.”

Brock was a professor for 18 years before becoming director of a think tank for distinguished scholars at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University. From 2001-2002, she was a fellow at the Harvard Divinity School Center for Values in Public Life.

Today, she is an internationally distinguished lecturer and award-winning author, with published works including: “Saving Paradise: How Christianity Traded Love of This World for Crucifixion and Empire,” co-authored with Rebecca Parker, and “Soul Repair: Recovering from Moral Injury After War,” co-authored with Gabriella Lettini.

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