Healing Retreat

For a registration form and further information, email Eileen E. Schell, eeschell@syr.edu

  • Moral Injury Healing Retreat
  • June 11th, 9:00-4:30 p.m.
  • Christ the King Retreat Center
  • 500 Brookford Avenue, Syracuse, NY 13224

The Moral Injury Project will offer a one-day retreat at Syracuse’s Christ the King Retreat Center for military veterans (and active duty) and military family members interested in exploring healing modalities related to moral injury, such as mindfulness, writing, meditation, yoga, and storytelling workshops.

Moral injury is the damage done to one’s conscience or moral compass when that person perpetrates, witnesses, or fails to prevent acts that transgress their own moral and ethical values or codes of conduct.

There is a small registration fee ($20 in cash or check; no credit cards) to offset costs.

Coffee, tea, water, a light breakfast and full lunch are included in the fee. For a registration form and further information, email Eileen E. Schell, eeschell@syr.edu.  Registration will close when filled with a limited enrollment of 25 participants.  

Retreat Staff:

William Cross,  Ph.D., Vietnam Veteran, LMFT, Trauma Resource Institute

Diane Grimes, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Communication and Rhetorical Studies, Syracuse University, Meditation Leader for the Syracuse Veterans’ Writing Group

Matt Lewis,  Ph.D. Candidate at Emory University’s Institute of  Liberal Arts,  Storytelling workshop leader

Andrew Miller,   MFA Candidate at Columbia University’s Nonfiction Program, OEF Veteran, Certified Yoga Instructor

Eileen E. Schell, Ph.D, Associate Professor of Writing,  Syracuse University,  Founder and Co-facilitator of the Syracuse Veterans’ Writing Group

Sponsored by Hendricks Chapel and the Moral Injury Project of Syracuse University.


Writing Project

About the Project:


TMeehanhe Moral Injury Project at Syracuse University formed in Summer 2014 after a gathering of academics, administrators, researchers, religious scholars, veterans, professors, chaplains, and mental health providers addressed the question: What are we doing about moral injury among US military veterans? 

We asked this question in the wake of a visit by Dr. Rita N. Brock of the Soul Repair Center at Texas Brite Divinity School. Her work inspired us, and we considered ourselves allies in her mission to address US military veterans looking for answers about their service and experiences.


Hendricks Chapel

Hendricks Chapel

Moral injury thus became an everyday term among our group, formed under Hendricks Chapel and with a secular but welcoming philosophy. Moral injury demands individual answers to individual questions asked by the men and women who hold different faiths, philosophies, and visions of storytelling.

To that end, we have worked to facilitate dialogues between the general public and the veterans and family members who have experienced moral injury. Our events for this academic year are listed above.



4 thoughts on “Welcome

  1. Bob LaVallee says:

    Hey All – I’m delighted to learn about your project. If you have a mailing list, I’d like to be placed on it.

    Bob LaVallee

    1. Andrew Miller says:

      Hi Bob, I’ve added you — thanks

  2. Susan Turley says:

    As a VA Chaplain and Gold Star Mother, I am grateful to see faith integrated in the response to addressing moral injury or as I refer to it as “spiritual wounding”. Reframing one’s faith after trauma is part of the journey toward healing and well-being. Life will never be the same but one can integrate the injury and find new strength. This has been my experience after my son, Pfc. Keith J. Moore died in Iraq. Blessings to all our Armed Forces and those who care for them.

  3. Kathleen Hughes says:


    I’m a documentary filmmaker in New York City. With my colleague Abigail Disney I recently completed a documentary called The Armor of Light about the morality of gun ownership. We are now turning our attention to moral injury and are thinking about ways to make a film about the emerging field/school of thought and ways to help “repair the soul.” Might somebody there have some time to speak with me as I set out on this interesting research project. My email address is attached and my cell number is: 914 659 1690. All best, Kathy

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