Military Moral Injury and Spiritual Care
A Resource for Religious Leaders and Professional Caregivers
Nancy J. Ramsay
Military Moral Injury and Spiritual Care offers resources to inform and support practices of spiritual care for veterans and others affected by moral injury incurred in the context of military service. A dozen contributors, all experienced in the field, contributed to this work first published in Pastoral Psychology and now widely available. This book is published with the support of the Soul Repair Center at Brite Divinity School. Interreligious in its focus, the Center sponsors research and creates resources to inform and support religious leaders and communities of faith as they respond to veterans and their families and others affected by military moral injury. Proceeds from the book support the Center's work.
Dr. Ramsay serves as Emerita Professor of Pastoral Theology and Pastoral Care at Brite Divinity School. She began her service at Brite in June of 2005. Prior to that time she served as the Harrison Ray Anderson Professor of Pastoral Theology at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY. She holds a BA from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, a D.Min from Union Theological Seminary in Virginia, and a Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University. She is active in the Society for Pastoral Theology where she has served as Chair of the Steering Committee and Co-Editor of the Journal of Pastoral Theology. She is a member of the Association of Practical Theology and the International Association for Practical Theology. She has also served at the regional and national levels of AAPC. She holds clinical memberships in the American Association of Pastoral Counselors and the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists where she also has supervisor status. She is an ordained clergywoman in the Presbyterian Church (USA).
Nancy’s research and publication interests include current constructive issues in Pastoral and Practical Theology, pastoral perspectives on aging and Alzheimer’s Disease, gender, intimate violence, and addressing issues of race and class, and effective pedagogy in diverse classrooms. She is a Consultant for the Wabash Center and is serving for the second time on the leadership team for a Wabash Colloquy on Effective Teaching and Learning in Racially and Culturally Diverse Classrooms. Carrie Doehring joined the Iliff faculty in 2003, having taught for eleven years in the masters and doctoral programs at Boston University’s School of Theology, and in the Boston University Counseling Psychology and Religion Ph.D. Program in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. She is a licensed psychologist in Massachusetts and Colorado, and a diplomat in the American Association of Pastoral Counselors. At Iliff, she advanced to full professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling in 2015. She directs the Masters of Arts in Pastoral and Spiritual Care (MAPSC) and the Military Ministry Course Provider program.
Carrie Doehring was ordained in the Presbyterian Church in Canada in 1978, and became a minister in the Presbyterian Church, USA, in 1991. She has worked in congregational ministry for nine years, full time in Ontario, Canada, and seven years part-time in Boston, Massachusetts.
She has received numerous awards, including the American Psychological Association’s Virginia Sexton Mentoring Award from Division 36 (Psychology of Religion); the Senior Career Award from the Society for Pastoral Counseling Research, and a medal from the Network on Ministry in Specialized Settings (COMISS), given in recognition of outstanding scholarship and leadership in teaching spiritual care.
She is the author of over 35 chapters and articles, and three books. As a licensed psychologist and ordained religious leader, she explores how people draw upon religious faith and spirituality to cope with experiences like trauma, moral stress, and prejudice. She wrote the chapter “Religiously-Linked Discrimination, Prejudice, and Victimization” for the 2013 APA Handbook of Psychology, Religion, and Spirituality (Vol. II). Her book The Practice of Pastoral Care: A Postmodern Approach, Revised and Expanded (Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox, 2015) is used as a textbook in pastoral care and clinical pastoral education throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe. Her most recent publications explore the moral stresses of religious leadership and chaplaincy, the moral stress of student debt, military moral injury, and assessing competency in intercultural and evidence-based spiritual care.