Tool: Make Meaning

The ways in which we make meaning of our world can be powerful tools of healing and moving forward. These questions can be ways of engagement for veterans and community building for the entire congregation.






“Love is our true destiny. We do not find the meaning of life by ourselves alone – we find it with one another.” – Thomas Merton




Congregational Resources

Ways in which you can do this:

  • Create small groups: Art, Exercise, Literature, Bible study, Writing, Gardening, Dance, Music
  • Provide opportunities for an educational environment within the capacity of the congregational community
  • Provide volunteer opportunities for other veterans: Buddy to Buddy, Swards to Plowshares
  • Provide volunteer opportunities for disaster relief: Team Rubicon, UMCOR
  • Provide opportunity for missions
  • Provide volunteer opportunity within the congregation: youth groups, boards, leadership
  • Mark anniversaries
  • Design special ceremonies to memorialize




Tools for Ministry