“I both found and lost my humanity wearing the uniform of a United States soldier.”
– Logan Mehl-Laituri, from his testimony at the Truth Commission on Conscience in War
Dear Starr King Friends,
This Monday, May 3, from 7-9 pm, Starr King will present highlights of an extraordinary event on March 21 at the historic Riverside Church in New York: the Truth Commission on Conscience in War. Two Starr King core faculty members, Drs. Gabriella Lettini and Rita Nakashima Brock, led the work to create this transformative evening of truth-telling about war and the moral consequences for those who serve in it.
Starr King sent a total of six Commissioners to the Riverside hearing. I was privileged to be one of those Commissioners. The Truth Commission has seeded a movement to expand regulations for Conscientious Objection in the military.
You can watch the riveting Truth Commission video trailer and video of powerful testimony from veterans Logan Mehl-Laituri and Tyler Boudreau.
Please join us at the First Congregational Church in Berkeley, 2345 Channing, to hear all six of the Commissioners from Starr King and to see the testimony of veterans of war, taped at Riverside. If you cannot be there, you may view the entire four-hour hearing at the Riverside website (www.theriversidechurchny.org/news/article.php?id=337).
Under Dr. Lettini’s leadership, the Starr King Master of Arts in Religious Leadership for Social Change (MASC) program is maturing into the vision for social change that created it, just five years ago. She not only organized the Commissioners and served on the planning committee for the Truth Commission, but she also taught, with Dr. Brock, a special nationwide course for seminarians and doctoral students interested in being Commissioners. Starr King had three students in the course, and others participated from Yale Divinity School, Drew Theological School, Chicago Theological Seminary, California Institute for Integral Studies, Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary, and Fuller Theological School.
You can support the transformative work of Starr King’s MASC program by making a donation, as we move ahead with teaching religious leaders how to heal the moral injuries of war in our communities and how to use truth commission methods for transformative social change. In addition to making a donation, sign up at the Truth Commission website (www.conscienceinwar.org) for updates on the commissioner’s work to protect moral conscience in the military. And join us in Berkeley this Monday if you are in town.
In grace and gratitude,
President and Professor of Theology
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