Posted by: kunzkm | November 11, 2010

Veterans’ Day at PSR

For the first time in recent memory, PSR held at Veterans’ Day chapel service on Tuesday, November 9. The event was organized by a group of veterans who are current GTU students. At the blessing to begin the service, members of the PSR community who are veterans, have family members who are veterans, or know a veteran were asked to stand. With the whole community standing, our connection to men and women who serve was remembered and blessed.

MDiv student, Daniel Borysewicz, convened the service. Communion was celebrated by MCC minister and campus pastor, Jim Mitulski, along with Swedenborgian minister, Rev. Susan G. Turley. Susan created the documentary, “Broken Hearts Lifted Spirits: Mothers of the Fallen Speak Their Truth,” after the death of her son in Iraq. In the movie she traces the faith and grief journeys of mothers whose children have died at war. The film was screened at PSR Tuesday evening.

Hal Bergman (MDiv 2010) gave the sermon, recounting some of his experiences as an Air Force pilot in Vietnam. While we honored the memory of the men and women who have served this country, and all countries, we also prayed for peace and an end to all war.

We each have a story to share. I am the daughter of a U.S. Army officer and Vietnam Veteran. I am also a former youth minister on U.S. Army bases in Europe. On Tuesday, I appreciated the opportunity to wrestle with my complex history and remember the deep roots I share with the men and women of the Armed Forces. Are you at veteran? Do you have a story to share?

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  1. I also led a Veterans Day Remembrance at the elder care community where I serve as Chaplain. It is vitally important to this generation of vets (World War II and Korea) to honor their military service and speak of those who made the ultimate sacrifice for the freedoms we enjoy.
    We also remembered the men and women who are currently serving, and prayed for peace in our world. The event was well attended and much appreciated.
    The evening before, we showed the documentary, “The Way We Get By,” which features senior citizens in Bangor, Maine, who greet all the troops as they depart and return from Iraq and Afghanistan. They have greeted over 750,000 soliders. I recommend the film; it’s available from Netflix.

  2. Thanks, Donene! Sounds like a wonderful event. I’m so glad you are serving this community. Thanks for being in touch and for recommending the movie. I will check it out!
    Blessings, Katherine


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