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?