2022 Moral Injury Conference Program Guide


Virtual Conference Program Guide | January 11, 2022

For the Healing of the Nation: Understanding Moral Injury in the Wake of the Pandemic


Conference Recordings*

Conference Transcript


* Conference recordings will be accessible until February 28, 2022 (after which they will expire).



10:00 – 10:15 am     Welcome

10:15 – 10:20 am     Opening Ritual (Rev. Dr. Joanne Braxton & Rev. Dr. Rebecca Parker)

10:20 – 10:40 am     Keynote Speaker: Chaplain Margaret Kibben

10:40 – 12:30 pm     Speakers on Military Veterans & Frontline Workers

                              Rev. Dr. Zachary Moon (PPT Slides), Rev. Ann Kansfield, Dr. Mona

                              Masood (PPT Slides), Rev. Alice Cabotaje (PPT Slides), Mr. Bruce Shapiro (PPT Slides)

12:30 – 12:40 pm     Break

12:40 – 1:40 pm      Panel 1: Conversation & Q+A on Military Veterans & Frontline Workers

1:40 – 2:15 pm        Break

2:15 – 3:35 pm        Speakers on Justice & Civil Society

                              Mr. Fateen Jackson, Dr. Frederic Reamer (PPT Slides*), Mr. Eyal Press, 

                              Rev. Nelson Johnson (PPT Slides)

3:35 – 3:45 pm        Break 

3:45 – 4:45 pm        Panel 2: Conversation & Q+A on Justice & Civil Society

4:45 – 5:00 pm        Break

5:00 – 6:15 pm        Final Conversation

6:20 – 6:30 pm        Closing Ritual (Rev. Dr. Joanne Braxton & Rev. Dr. Rebecca Parker)

* Note: The PPT PDF linked for Dr. Reamer is an expanded version of the one he is using for the presentation.

Zoom Tips

  • Real-time captioning will be offered during the conference. Click on the Closed Caption button to view closed captioning.
  • All attendees’ sound will be muted and their videos will not be shown on the screen during the conference.
  • Attendees can use the Chat Box to chat with others. Remember to select the group you’d like to send chats to: it can be Everyone or Hosts/Panelists.
  • Chat Moderators (who have an asterisk before their name) will be available to answer questions and provide support.
  • You can use the Q+A function to share any questions you have for speakers. Chat Moderators will flag them to be addressed by speakers when there is time to do so.
  • You can hide screens of panelists whose videos are off by clicking on the 3 dots at the upper right hand corner of their screen and selecting ​"Hide non-video participants." You can also change your view using the options on the top right-hand corner of the Zoom screen.


Moral injury occurs when:

  • People in authority and leadership in high stakes situations act in ways that betray the people who must trust them to do the right thing;
  • People violate their own core moral foundations by failing to stop harm, inflicting it, or witnessing it;
  • Social, political, or religious systems are unjust, deceptive, violent, or inhumane.

As a nation, we have experienced all of these moral failures.

Moral injury results in a loss of trust, grief, demoralization, fury, shame, and despair. Unaddressed, it can lead to emotional isolation, violence, vengefulness, fierce polarization, and closed ideological or religious identity systems resistant to ambiguity, compromise, compassion, or reason.


The Community & Care Space is a separate Zoom meeting room that conference attendees can join throughout the conference for 1:1 care support and/or a place to socialize with other attendees. Care Team Members who are VOA|ReST facilitator trainers* will facilitate the space.

Zoom link to access the Community & Care Space:


This space will be open from 10:30 am to 6:15 pm Eastern on January 11.

If you are using one device, you will have to log off of the Conference Zoom link to enter the Community & Care Space Zoom link. If you use another device to access the Community & Care Space Zoom, you can have both Zoom links open.

* VOA|ReST is an online, confidential group process that support emotional resilience in people struggling with moral distress or feelings of isolation, fatigue, inadequacy, or anxiety. Our VOA|ReST facilitator trainers have extensive experience as peer facilitators and as trainers of other peer facilitators. We thank our facilitator trainers who have generously volunteered their time and expertise for this conference offering.

Keynote Speaker & Co-Moderators

  • Photo of Chaplain Margaret Grun Kibben

    Chaplain Margaret Grun Kibben – Keynote

    Chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives

  • Photo of the Rev. Canon Kelly Brown Douglas

    The Rev. Canon Kelly Brown Douglas – Co-Moderator

    Canon Theologian at Washington National Cathedral; Dean of Episcopal Divinity School and Bill and Judith Moyers Chair in Theology at Union Theological Seminary

  • Photo of the Rev. Dr. Rita Nakashima Brock

    The Rev. Dr. Rita Nakashima Brock – Co-Moderator

    Senior Vice President and Director of the Shay Moral Injury Center at Volunteers of America



  • The Rev. Alice Cabotaje, MDiv, BCC, ACPE Certified Educator

    Director of Spiritual Care and Education, Massachusetts General Hospital

  • Mr. Fateen Jackson

    Facilitator for Guiding Rage Into Power (GRIP), A Comprehensive Offender Accountability Program

  • The Rev. Nelson Johnson

    Co-Executive Director, Beloved Community Center

  • The Rev. Ann Kansfield

    Chaplain, Fire Department of the City of New York (FDNY)

  • Dr. Mona Masood, DO

    Founder & Chief Organizer, Physician Support Line

  • Rev. Dr. Zachary Moon, PhD

    Associate Professor of Theology and Psychology, Chicago Theological Seminary

  • Ms. Kim Grose Moore

    Executive Director of Guiding Rage Into Power (GRIP), A Comprehensive Offender Accountability Program

  • Mr. Eyal Press

    Writer and Journalist, Author of "Dirty Work"

  • Dr. Frederic G. Reamer, PhD

    Professor, Rhode Island College School of Social Work

  • Mr. Bruce Shapiro

    Executive Director, Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma

Ritual Leaders

  • Photo of the Rev. Dr. Joanne M. Braxton

    The Rev. Dr. Joanne M. Braxton

    Founder & president of The Braxton Institute for Sustainability, Resiliency and Joy, and Emeritus Professor at William & Mary

  • Photo of the Rev. Dr. Rebecca Ann Parker

    The Rev. Dr. Rebecca Ann Parker

    Teaching Board Member of The Braxton Institute for Sustainability, Resiliency, and Joy, and President Emeritus & Professor of Theology Emeritus at Starr King School for the Ministry


Thank you to the incredible sponsors that make this Moral Injury Conference possible! In supporting the conference, you extend knowledge of and work on Moral Injury into new areas and communities. Thank you for your commitment to healing and hope!




The Shay Moral Injury Center at Volunteers of America offers educational programs for the general public and service providers, such as mental health professionals, medical workers, chaplains, and clergy about moral injury, an affliction of conscience, identity, and meaning because of harm we cause, witness, or experience from others. Through our research and training programs, we offer effective strategies and processes that support healing for those who experience moral injury and that enhance moral resilience.


Through our hundreds of human service programs, including housing and healthcare, Volunteers of America touches the lives of 1.5 million people in over 400 communities in 46 states as well as the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico each year. Since 1896, we have supported and empowered America's most vulnerable groups, including veterans, at-risk youth, the frail elderly, men and women returning from prison, homeless individuals and families, people with disabilities, and those recovering from addictions. Our work touches the mind, body, heart — and ultimately the spirit — of those we serve, integrating our deep compassion with highly effective programs and services. 


Washington National Cathedral is a house of prayer for all people, conceived by our founders to serve as a great church for national purposes. The Cathedral holds a unique place at the intersection of sacred and civic life. As the Cathedral of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington, we strive to serve God and our neighbors as agents of reconciliation, a trusted voice of moral leadership and a sacred space where the country gathers during moments of national significance. Our support of veterans and the military community has highlighted the importance of addressing moral injury in many fields. The Cathedral is honored to partner with the Shay Center for Moral Injury to host the 2022 Conference on Moral Injury. Learn more about Washington National Cathedral's in-person and online worship, music and programs at www.cathedral.org.


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    Moral Injury Recovery in The Aftermath of COVID (MIRAC) Online Course

    A daylong, online course for chaplains, caregivers, and religious leaders to learn and apply moral injury processing tools, in response to the emotional and psychological fallout of COVID-19 and social and economic inequities. Offered on a monthly basis.

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    VOA|ReST (Resilience Strength Time)

    A free, confidential, group process that supports emotional resilience in people struggling with isolation, fatigue, frustration, anxiety, and a sense of inadequacy or failure. Conversations guided by peer facilitators. See the VOA|ReST site for session times.

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For more information about the conference, please contact Kristine Chong, Program Administrator of the VOA Shay Moral Injury Center.
Phone: 562-455-6633