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Tool: Provide Support

Support can be offered to veterans and their families in many ways through a congregational ministry. Ask these questions to discover how you can provide the support needed.

 

 

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“To be rooted is perhaps the most important and least recognized need of the human soul” – Simone Weil

 

Ways in which you can do this:

  • Provide liturgy in a new setting
  • Ask preference for and provide reserved “safe seating” in the sanctuary (Near the exit? With back to the wall?)
  • Link and network with community organizations: VFW, Wounded Warrior Project, American Legion, Disabled Veterans of America
  • Link to Veteran Centers
  • Link to local social services
  • Give pastoral and congregational care
  • Participate in traditional practices or rituals
    • Conduct a circle process
    • Have a foot washing ceremony
    • Provide a “love feast”
    • Provide communion
    • Conduct a flag pole service/prayer
    • Design a worship service: welcoming, healing, reconciliation

 


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