Veteran’s Ministry Team & Touchstone Veterans Outreach

Our goals and commitments:

  1. Nurturing Faith Community that is compassionate and welcoming of veterans, their families, and the fullness of their experiences.
  2. Witnessing to and sharing the burdens of war.
  3. Tending to the wounds, particularly wounds of the soul, that can be borne by veterans.
  4. Hosting Healing Circles.
  5. Offering pastoral and congregational care to veteran and their families.
  6. Hosting special worship services at Veterans Day and Memorial Day.
  7. Raising community awareness through education and presence.
  8. Offering workshops, retreats, and events for veterans, their families, and citizens of the wider community.
  9. Engaging a network of resources and services that support veteran needs.

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The COMPASS Healing Circle

Comprised of veterans, family members of vets, and committed members of the larger community, COMPASS meets monthly. The Circle is carefully established as safe space, “holy ground” where:

  • the stories of veteran and family members are welcomed and heard in a process of deep listening;
  • truths and wisdom of veteran experience are received and honored;
  • the soul wounds of war and military service are tended to;
  • the things needed for restoration and healing are named; and
  • the isolating breach between those returning from service and the wider community is being repaired.

Please contact Roger Kessler or Scott Hutchinson at 215-257-2880 for more information.

The Witting Tree

The Witting Tree is a silent, faith-filled witness observed each morning for eleven days, from November 1, through November 11 (Veterans Day). On a tree near the street, we gather at 7:30 am each morning to hang 22 sets of dog tags in a public remembrance of as many as 22 veterans who take their lives each day by suicide.

There is a deep need for our society as a whole to take responsibility to interrupt and transform destructive cycles that cost service people, their families, and the large community so much. This kind of commitment can begin to be assumed by faith communities.

The term “witting” means to be cognizant, deliberate, and aware to the facts of a situation. In 2016, more than a dozen faith communities and organizations joined us in Witting Tree ceremonies at their sites.