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I'm not a veteran and I find it extremely difficult to impose what I think they need, so part of my work is to partner with veteran ministries or veterans themselves that recognize the reality of moral injury and are effectively serving veterans in love and truth.

Veterans, what do you think?

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First of all, I’d like to hear from our veterans about how they think faith communities should respond.

I’m not a veteran and I find it extremely difficult to impose what I think they need, so part of my work is to partner with veteran ministries or veterans themselves that recognize the reality of moral injury and are effectively serving veterans in love and truth.

On my end, I try to help cultivate a safe, healing and hospitable community that will be a healthy place for veterans to honestly work their path towards processing and recover from their service, in a supportive, non-judgmental or overly-suffocating community.

I think balancing the role of pastor and prophet is difficult when dealing with war and wounds. One must delicately walk a fine line that addresses the roots and fruits of war, violence, anger, injustice, death and the policies that perpetuate these realities, while at the same time helping  individuals become who God desires them to be through all their experiences.

About Eric Blauer

Eric Blauer
I am Frederick Christian Blauer IV, but I go by Eric, it sounds less like a megalomaniac but still hints at my Scandinavian destiny of coastal conquest and ultimate rule. I have accumulated a fair number of titles: son, brother, husband, father, pastor, writer, artist and a few other more colorful titles by my fanged fans. I am a lover of story be it heard, read or watched in all beauty, gory or glory. I write and speak as an exorcist or poltergeist, splashing holy water, spilling wine and breaking bread between the apocalypse and a sleeping baby. I am possessed by too many words and they get driven out like wild pigs and into the waters of my blog at www.fcb4.tumblr.com. I work as a pastor at Jacob's Well Church (www.jacobswellspokane.com) across the tracks on 'that' side of town. I follow Christ in East Central Spokane among saints, sinners, angels, demons, crime, condoms, chaos, beauty, goodness and powerful weakness. I have more questions than answers, grey hairs than brown, fat than muscle, fire than fireplace and experience more love from my wife, family and friends than a man should be blessed with in one lifetime.

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