2022 Moral Injury Conference Speakers

FOR THE HEALING OF THE NATION:
UNDERSTANDING MORAL INJURY IN THE WAKE OF THE PANDEMIC
SPEAKER BIOS

KEYNOTE SPEAKER



The Rev. Dr. Margaret Grun Kibben

CHAPLAIN, U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

REAR ADMIRAL, U.S. NAVY (RETIRED)

On January 3, 2021, Chaplain Margaret Grun Kibben was elected by the House and sworn in as the 61st Chaplain of the United States House of Representatives.

In her final active-duty assignment in the Navy, Rear Admiral Kibben, was the U.S. Navy’s 26th Chief Chaplains, serving as the director of religious ministry for the Department of the Navy, advising the Secretary of the Navy, the Chief of Naval Operations, the Commandant of the Marine Corps, and the Commandant of the Coast Guard on all matters pertaining to religion in their respective services. Prior to this assignment, Rear Admiral Kibben served as the 18th Chaplain of the Marine Corps and Deputy Chief of Chaplains.

Born and raised in Warrington, Pennsylvania a suburb of Philadelphia, Margaret came on active duty in 1986. Her career spans both Navy and Marine Corps assignments from Newport, RI, Quantico, VA, Camp Lejeune, NC, Norfolk, VA, and San Diego, CA. Chaplain Kibben served both ashore, at sea, and abroad, with several deployments to the Mediterranean, as well as Norway, Turkey, and Afghanistan.

Dr. Kibben is a graduate of Goucher College in Towson, Maryland. She received both her Master of Divinity and her Doctor of Ministry from Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, New Jersey. She served as a Fellow at the United States Institute of Peace and holds a master’s degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College.

Following her retirement, Margaret established Virtue In Practice, LLC, a business dedicated to moral, ethical, and spiritual executive leader advisement. She also served as a consultant to the Department of the Navy’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office.

Dr. Kibben serves on both military and civilian boards. On both the Princeton Theological Seminary Board of Trustees and the Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence, and the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation.

Chaplain Kibben is married to Lieutenant Colonel Timothy J. Kibben, USMC (Retired). They reside in Alexandria, Virginia, with their pride and joy, their daughter Lindsay Elizabeth. Margaret enjoys cycling, swimming, gardening, cooking, and reading.


CO-MODERATORS




The Rev. Canon Kelly Brown Douglas (she/her/hers) is the Canon Theologian at the Cathedral. In 2017, she was named Dean of Episcopal Divinity School at Union Theological Seminary in New York City, and in 2019, she was appointed to the Bill and Judith Moyers Chair in Theology at Union. Kelly is considered a leader in the field of womanist theology, racial reconciliation, social justice and sexuality and the Black church.

Prior to joining the Cathedral and EDS at Union, she was the Susan D. Morgan Professor of Religion at Goucher College in Baltimore. Previously, she was Associate Professor of Theology at Howard University School of Divinity (1987-2001) and Assistant Professor of Religion at Edward Waters College (1986-1987).

A native of Dayton, Ohio, Dr. Douglas was one of the first 10 black women to be ordained a priest in the Episcopal Church. She was an Associate Priest at Holy Comforter Episcopal Church in Washington, D.C. for over 20 years.

She holds a degree from Denison University and a Master of Divinity and Ph.D. from Union Theological Seminary. Her most recent books are “Resurrection Hope: A Future Where Black Lives Matter,” released in October 2021, and “Stand Your Ground: Black Bodies and the Justice of God,” released in May 2015, both by Orbis Books. She splits her time between New York and Washington.



The Rev. Dr. Rita Nakashima Brock (she/her/hers), Rel. M., M.A., Ph.D., is Senior Vice President and Director of the Shay Moral Injury Center at Volunteers of America. She is a national expert on moral injury and a noted theologian. Dr. Brock was the Founding Co-Director of the Soul Repair Center at Brite Divinity School, Texas Christian University, where she was also a Research Professor of Theology and Culture. Her first book, Journeys By Heart: a Christology of Erotic Power, 1988, won the Crossroad Press award for best manuscript in women’s studies, and her second, Casting Stones: Prostitution and Liberation in Asia and the United States, co-authored with Susan Thistlethwaite, won the 1997 Catholic Press, Gender Studies Award. Among her other co-authored books are Soul Repair: Recovering from Moral Injury after War, 2012, Saving Paradise: How Christianity Traded Love of This World for Crucifixion and Empire, 2008, and Proverbs of Ashes: Violence, Redemptive Suffering and the Search for What Saves Us, 2001, all with Beacon Press.

Dr. Brock is the first Asian American woman to earn a doctorate in theology, and for 18 years, she was a Professor of World Religions, Philosophy of Religion, Spiritual Biography, Psychology of Religion, Theology, and Women's Studies; she held the Endowed Chair in the Humanities at Hamline University in St. Paul, MN, from 1990-1997. In 1997, she became the Director the Bunting Institute at Radcliffe College, a research fellowship program for distinguished scientists, scholars, humanitarians, and artists. An experienced non-profit program and institution builder, she was a member of the strategic planning team for the 1999 Radcliffe-Harvard merger that led to the creation of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, and from 2001-2002, she was a fellow at the Harvard Divinity School Center for Values in Public Life. From 2002-2012, she was a visiting Professor at the Starr King School for the Ministry at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA, and was the senior editor in religion from 2006-2008 at The New Press in New York City. She has co-edited or contributed to three manuals for navigating careers in academe for the American Academy of Religion.


MORNING PANEL



The Rev. Dr. Zachary Moon (he/him/his), Ph.D., currently serves as Associate Professor of Theology and Psychology at Chicago Theological Seminary. He has published widely including three books, Coming Home: Ministry That Matters with Veterans and Military Families (Chalice Press, 2015), Warriors between Worlds: Moral Injury and Identities in Crisis (Lexington Books, 2019), and Goatwalking: A Quaker Pastoral Theology (Brill, 2021). His articles have been published in the Journal for Pastoral Theology, Journal of Pastoral Care and Counseling, Journal of Religious Education, Journal of Pastoral Psychology, Christian Century, Christianity Today, Huffington Post, Religion Dispatches, among others. He has served as a chaplain in multiple contexts including the United States Navy Reserve (2011-2019) and the Pathway Home, a residential treatment program for combat veterans diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (2011-2012), and as a chaplain resident in the VA hospital system (2010-2011).

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The Rev. Ann Kansfield (she/her) serves as a chaplain for the Fire Department in the City of New York (FDNY). A graduate of Columbia University, Ann followed the Ivy League crowd to Wall Street, until 9/11 happened and she realized she wanted more from life. She serves as co-pastor of the Greenpoint Reformed Church in Brooklyn, New York with her wife, Rev. Jennifer Aull. Ann’s first book, Be the Brave One, is due out in December 2021. It’s a quirky, down-to-earth account of learning to live her spiritual values in the real world.

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Dr. Mona Masood (she/her/hers), DO is an American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology certified general outpatient psychiatrist practicing in the greater Philadelphia area. She is a board member of Muslim Wellness Foundation, an American nonprofit mental health awareness and education organization. She often leads community mental health education events and is most recently the founder and chief organizer of the Physician Support Line - an anonymous and free peer to peer emotional support line run by over 800 volunteer psychiatrists to help physician colleagues the many intersections of their personal and professional lives.

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The Rev. Alice Cabotaje (she/her/hers), MDiv., BCC, ACPE, is the Director of Spiritual Care and Education at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). She is an Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE) Certified Educator and a Board Certified Chaplain with the Association of Professional Chaplains (APC). She is ordained and endorsed by the Metropolitan Community Churches (MCC). Alice is also an authorized Zen teacher and Dharma Heir in the Rinzai Zen School Empty Cloud lineage.

Prior to joining MGH in 2015, Alice supervised Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) students at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals and at UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento, California.

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Mr. Bruce Shapiro is Executive Director of the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma, a project of Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism encouraging innovative reporting on violence, conflict and tragedy worldwide. An award-winning reporter on human rights, criminal justice and politics, Shapiro is a contributing editor at The Nation and U.S. correspondent for Late Night Live on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s Radio National. He is Adjunct Professor and Senior Advisor for Academic Affairs at Columbia, where he teaches journalism ethics. His books include Shaking the Foundations: 200 Years of Investigative Journalism in America and Legal Lynching: The Death Penalty and America's Future. Shapiro is recipient of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Public Advocacy Award for "outstanding and fundamental contributions to the social understanding of trauma." He is a founding board member of the Global Investigative Journalism Network.


AFTERNOON PANEL

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Mr. Fateen Jackson (he/him/his) is a spoken word artist from Long Beach, California and currently resides in the Bay Area. Fateen went through the GRIP (Guiding Rage Into Power) program at San Quentin in 2013. After he graduated, he went on to facilitate nine more groups inside San Quentin through GRIP, one of the largest restorative justice organizations serving incarcerated people in California. He gave a TEDx talk at San Quentin in 2016 called the Apologetic Salute, dedicated to people who have suffered violence at the hands of another person. Fateen was released in 2019 after former Governor Jerry Brown commuted his sentence. He has been on staff with the GRIP Training Institute since early 2020, where he facilitates GRIP groups in the prisons and trains other facilitators in the two-year intensive facilitator training program.

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Ms. Kim Grose Moore (she/her/hers) has contributed for more than 25 years to making the San Francisco Bay Area a more just and equitable community. She was the Co-Founder/Co-Director of an education reform organization early in her career, Partners in School Innovation. For 15 years she worked with the PICO National Network (now Faith in Action), as a faith-based community organizer, local Executive Director and leadership coach/consultant for grassroots groups across the state working on campaigns for access to healthcare and affordable housing, as well as criminal justice reform. A strong believer in the principle, “the first revolution is internal,” Kim works to connect the inner and outer work towards liberation. After years of personal meditation practice, she trained as a Buddhist chaplain and is a candidate for ordination in the Theravada tradition. She began facilitating GRIP in 2016 at DVI state prison, and joined the GRIP Training Institute in 2017 as a strategic growth consultant and then became the Executive Director in 2019. Kim has a BA degree from Stanford University and a master’s degree in social anthropology from Oxford University, where she was a Rhodes Scholar. Based in San Jose, California, she is inspired and motivated to act through spiritual practice, her community, and her beloved family.

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Dr. Frederic G. Reamer (he/him/his), PhD, has been a professor in the graduate program of the School of Social Work, Rhode Island College, Providence, Rhode Island, for over 35 years. Dr. Reamer received his PhD from the University of Chicago and has served as a social worker in correctional and mental health settings. He chaired the national task force that wrote the National Association of Social Workers Code of Ethics.

Dr. Reamer lectures both nationally and internationally on the subjects of professional ethics and professional malpractice and liability. In addition to ethics, his research and teaching have addressed a wide range of human service issues, including mental health, health care, criminal justice, and public welfare. Dr. Reamer has conducted extensive research on professional ethics and has been involved in several national research projects sponsored by The Hastings Center, Carnegie Corporation, Haas Foundation, and Center for Bioethics of the University of Pennsylvania.

He is the author of chapters on professional ethics in the Encyclopedia of Social Work, the Encyclopedia of Bioethics, and the Encyclopedia of Applied Ethics, and is the author of many books, including: Risk Management in Social Work: Preventing Professional Malpractice, Liability, and Disciplinary Action; Boundary Issues and Dual Relationships in the Human Services; Ethical Standards in Social Work; The Social Work Ethics Audit: A Risk Management Tool; Heinous Crime: Cases, Causes, and Consequences; On the Parole Board: Reflections on Crime, Punishment, Redemption, and Justice; and his latest, Moral Distress and Injury in Human Services, among others.

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Dr. Eyal Press is a writer and journalist who contributes to The New Yorker, The New York Times and other publications. Since the spring of 2021, he is also a sociologist with a PhD from New York University. He grew up in Buffalo, which served as the backdrop of his first book, Absolute Convictions (2006). His second book, Beautiful Souls (2012), examined the nature of moral courage through the stories of individuals who risked their careers, and sometimes their lives, to defy unjust orders. A New York Times editors’ choice, the book has been translated into numerous languages and selected as the common read at several universities, including Penn State and his alma mater, Brown University. His most recent book, Dirty Work (2021), examines the morally troubling jobs that society tacitly condones and the hidden class of workers who do them. A recipient of the James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism, he has received an Andrew Carnegie fellowship, a Cullman Center fellowship at the New York Public Library and a Puffin Foundation fellowship at Type Media Center.

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The Rev. Nelson Johnson is founding Pastor Emeritus of Faith Community Church in Greensboro, NC. He is also the Co-Executive Director of the Beloved Community Center of Greensboro, organized in 1991 to carry out the dream of the 20th century prophet, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He currently serves on the N.C. Steering Committee and National Executive Committee of the New Poor People’s Campaign, co-chaired by Bishop Dr. William Barber, II and Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis. Rev. Johnson is also a member of the Pulpit Forum of Greensboro and Vicinity and a member of the Greensboro Interfaith Clergy Council, the North Carolina Forward Together Moral Monday Movement, the Greensboro Justice Coalition on police accountability, the Healing Practitioners Team of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, and the Mel King Community Fellows of MIT.

Rev. Johnson has been active in the movement for social and economic justice since high school in the late 1950’s. Two of the most significant initiatives he has been involved with in Greensboro have been the successful K-Mart labor struggle in the late 1990’s and the historic Greensboro Truth and Community Reconciliation Process, modeled after the South African initiative. This innovative, community- based endeavor, supported by the Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Dr. Peter Storey, and others, was crafted to address unresolved matters of truth, justice, reconciliation, and healing in the aftermath of the Greensboro Massacre carried out by Klan and Nazis on November 3, 1979. Others have included the Smithfield Workers struggle, and the ongoing efforts of “Fight for 15” by fast food workers locally and nationally, and the Farm Labor Organizing Committee to institute fair working conditions for immigrants and farm laborers.

Rev. Johnson is a native of Halifax County, NC. After serving four years in the United States Air force, he received a baccalaureate degree in political science from North Carolina A&T State University, a Master of Divinity Degree from the School of Theology at Virginia Union University, and honorary doctorate in theology from the Apex School of Theology. He is married to Joyce Hobson Johnson, and they have two adult daughters, Akua Johnson Matherson, a university administrator, and Ayo Samori Johnson, a registered nurse and certified recreational therapist. Rev. & Mrs. Johnson are also proud grandparents of Alise Jamill Matherson and Nelson Josiah Johnson.


RITUALISTS

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Rev. Dr. Joanne M. Braxton (she/hers) is the founder and president of The Braxton Institute for Sustainability, Resiliency and Joy www.braxtoninstitute.org which fosters physical, emotional and spiritual sanctuary for those building a more just, joyful and sustainable world. Emeritus Professor at William & Mary, she is a poet, minister, scholar and writer; she serves on the moral injury unit of The American Academy of Religion, writes on moral suffering and bioethics as a Hastings Fellow, and currently leads the project Tree of Life: Black Faith Matters in a Time of Dual Pandemics with a grant from the Henry Luce Foundation through Columbia University’s Center for African American Religion, Sexual Politics, and Social Justice.

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Rev. Dr. Rebecca Ann Parker (she/hers) is a Teaching Board Member of The Braxton Institute for Sustainability, Resiliency, and Joy www.braxtoninstitute.org and President Emeritus and Professor of Theology Emeritus at Starr King School for the Ministry where, as the first woman to head a theological school, she served for 25 years, guiding the school to become a multi-religious, multi-racial, counter-oppressive graduate school for spiritual activists. From 2016 to 2019 she was Theologian in Residence at All Souls Unitarian Church in Washington, D.C. A minister, teacher, writer, poet and musician, Parker co-authored (with Rita Nakashima Brock) Proverbs of Ashes: Violence, Redemptive Suffering and the Search for What Saves Us, and Saving Paradise: How Christianity Traded Love of This World for Crucifixion and Empire. A founding advisory board member of The Soul Repair Center at Brite Divinity School, she frequently presents on moral injury and spiritual impasse.