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Summer Greetings

Welcome to the 2nd edition of Labyrinth, the Shay Moral Injury Center Newsletter. Since our first edition in March, much has changed: more people are vaccinated and society began to "reopen," but as the Delta variant has surged in the unvaccinated, much uncertainty about reopening remains. Systemic inequities in health care, the economy, policing, and incarceration persist and climate change disasters continue.

Recognizing that the emotional tolls and suffering of COVID will affect people for months and years to come, the Shay Center has launched a new program: Moral Injury Recovery in the Aftermath of COVID (MIRAC). This online course on moral injury and moral distress processing is a resource for chaplains, clergy, and spiritual care providers. We are grateful for the over 50 MIRAC participants thus far, and we are committed to continue work that responds to the realities of moral injury as experienced in a myriad of ways by diverse communities. 

with heart,

the Shay Center team

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Register for a Fall MIRAC Course Today
Moral Injury Recovery in the Aftermath of COVID is an experiential, trauma-informed, interfaith, and interactive space for spiritual and religious leaders to learn and apply moral injury processing methods. It is a daylong, online live session course responsive to the emotional and psychological fallout of COVID-19 and socio-economic inequities.

Trainings are from 12 pm to 8:30 pm Eastern time, with breaks included. Cost: $25 – $150 (sliding scale).

Fall Course Dates:
Register for MIRAC at

Testimonials from MIRAC Participants

The in depth information provided by Dr. Brock was very helpful and I'm able to imagine how to apply it to populations I serve. I was very moved by the facilitators and the willingness of participants to engage in the experiential portion of the program.

I think that this program is significantly important in this era of the aftermath of COVID. I hope that this program can continually develop so that people in other countries can approach moral injury and its recovery processes. Thank you so much!

Article by Shay Center Staff

by Rita Nakashima Brock and Kristine Chong, Thrive Global

Moral injury is a break in our relationships, so recovery from moral injury and distress is a relational process. People who can receive our sharing and confessions without judgment, who can offer open, empathetic, and compassionate listening presence to process moral suffering, can be transformative. Releasing moral pain gives relief that creates space to process the pain, while listening to others’ experiences restores our capacities for empathy and compassion.

Articles of Note

by Harold G. Koenig and Faten Al Zaben, 
Psychological Exploration (07.10.21)

Facing Grief in the Wake of the Surfside Condo Collapse
by Sarah Simon, VeryWell health (07.08.21)

Why Are U.S. Soldiers Killing Themselves? 
by Noam Shpancer, Psychology Today (07.01.21)
by Augustine Nwoye, Theory & Psychology (06.21)

The doctors are not all right
 by Julia Belluz, Vox (06.23.21)
by Jonathan Moens, The Atlantic (06.08.21) 

by Nikhil Pandhi, The Wire (05.31.21)
by Olivia Messer, Study Hall (05.06.21)
by Beverly J. Stoute, Journal of the American 
Psychoanalytic Association (04.21)

For more articles, follow us on Twitter: @VOAShayCenter

Recent or Upcoming Publications

by Rachel Clarke (January 27, 2021)
by Tine Molendijk (March 16, 2021)

Sin Sick: Moral Injury in War and Literature
by Joshua Pederson (June 15, 2021)

The Good Kill: Just War and Moral Injury
by Eyal Press (August 17, 2021)

by Kelly Denton-Borhaug (August 30, 2021)

Moral Injury among Returning Veterans: 
by Joshua Morris (September 15, 2021)
For more links, visit the Shay Center Resources Page



When Helping Hurts: 

Secondary Traumatic Stress and Moral Injury among Birth Workers 

Kathleen Kendall-Tackett – free pdf download


Find Your Personal Top 3 Ways to Build Resilience – article with tips and links from experts,

 including Dr. Cynda Ruston


Dart Center for Journalism & Trauma

a project of Columbia Journalism School – 

website with resources, support networks, guides, etc.


Physician Support Line 

for American physicians and medical students 

free and confidential peer support

Therapeutic Writing for Empowerment

The Conversation – applications and prompts


Arts & Culture

this is not a war story
Directed by Talia Lugacy (director interview)
(virtual: July 31 // in-person: August 3)
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Podcast: The Line
Hosted by Dan Taberski and produced by Jigsaw Productions
From Fresh Air:
'The Line' refers to the precarious moral boundaries that are distorted over and over in the heat of battle. And as host Dan Taberski explores throughout a six-part series, that constant warping morality often leaves destructive effects on the psyches of soliders sent into war . . . The concept of moral injury plays a heavy role into Taberski's examination. How do repeated forays into murky gray areas impact a soldier's sense of themselves as moral actors?
the last thing we ever do album cover
by Warrior Songs, August 8, 2021 release

An "album of songs based on the experiences of Vietnam era veterans . . . [released by] Warrior Songs, a non-profit helping veterans heal from the trauma of war through the creative arts." – read more here



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