Mission Brief (Fall meetings happening this week!)

Dear EVF Friends,

Tomorrow, Tuesday Sept. 13, at St. David’s Episcopal Church, 301 E 8th Street, Austin, TX 78701 we will begin our fall offering of an art workshop for veterans. I highly encourage you to be part of this innovative project. We’ll meet at Holy Grounds at St. David’s Episcopal Church at 1845 and then proceed to our projects. These projects will be shown at our November 4th Veterans Conference. (Click here for more information and here to register online for the Veterans Conference). I look forward to seeing you at St. David’s tomorrow night! No Art Experience Necessary!

Please post the Veterans Conference flyer (see below) in your parish church, in your neighbor’s parish church, in your doctor’s office, at the VA (if you can), on any flat surface you can find. Even if you aren’t able to attend, help spread the word to someone who can. I’ll be creating an event on Facebook to invite folks that way, but the main reason people attend things is because you invite them, bring them. You have now been “voluntold!”


The website is now accepting funds for conference registration and/or donations here.

During my two weeks of leave for Iraq, a fellow Army chaplain described what it was like to rush to Abu Ghraib prison near Baghdad after a suicide bomber blew up a dump truck full of explosives at the gate. His soldiers were sleeping in their barracks when it happened and the loss of life was horrendous. He described it as “His Personal 9/11.” That’s how disaster works, I think. When it is close to us, it becomes our personal 9/11. Maybe you’ve had one or more of these. Certainly for the victims’ families in NYC, the Pentagon, and Pennsylvania, 9/11 is 9/11. But for the rest of us, especially those who have experienced war, there are other 9/11s. How do we remember these events? How do we remember in such a way that we make the world a better place? This is what we are hoping to accomplish through our art workshops–to remember rightly so that we can make the world a better place. Come join me in this, my friends.




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