2022 Moral Injury Conference


A Virtual Conference on January 11, 2022

For the Healing of the Nation: Understanding Moral Injury During the Pandemic


This event will focus on the critical topic of moral injury that many are suffering during the pandemic, including military veterans, healthcare workers, social workers, government officials, incarcerated people, chaplains, journalists, and people in social movements.

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.

The keynote speaker will be RADM Margaret Kibben, USN ret., Chaplain of the US House of Representatives; RADM Kibben was in the Capitol on January 6th to support members of Congress evacuating the House Chamber. 

Featured speakers working on moral injury recovery in different professions and with different populations will share what they currently know, discuss what they can learn from each other, and assess what can be done to help a diverse country address moral injury in the context of the events of the past two years.

** Due to COVID conditions, this conference is an all-virtual event. Please note that the online event will be live and also recorded.

DATE & TIME: January 11, 2022 from 10 am to 6:30 pm Eastern

Keynote Speaker & Co-Moderators

  • Photo of Chaplain Margaret Grun Kibben

    Chaplain Margaret Grun Kibben – Keynote

    Chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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 Braxton

    The Rev. Dr. Joanne Braxton

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

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  • 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

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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


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!