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Living with the Moral Burdens of War

U.S. troops returning from Iraq experience “moral wounding,” according to Georgetown University professor Nancy Sherman. Moral wounding, expressed sometimes as unprofessional or questionable behavior toward enemy combatants, is caused by the “roller coaster” of integrating fighting and nation-building, then having a sense of being pulled out too early for the effort to be successful. Also contributing are a range of emotional experiences such as feeling isolated back home, facing the breakup of families during deployment and suffering post-traumatic stress disorder. In a 4½-minute video news report conducted by Bob Abernethy and Kim Lawton for the PBS show Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly, Sherman introduces the issues, feelings and needs of returning war vets and offers some ideas on how to extend hospitality.

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A Piano for Christmas

It’s never too early for a great Christmas ad. This is from the folks at John Lewis in Great Britain, who every year...

Can Religion Unite America?

    Calling out racism in American churches, David Gushee, the outgoing president of the American Academy of...

Are American's Religious Communities Unique?

Two-thirds of U.S. Christians pray daily, compared with a median of just 18 percent of Christians across 15 countries...

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