Conference Schedule


  • 12:30-1:30 pm Registration
  • 1:30-2 Opening Welcome

Hosted by Mr. Mike King, Volunteers of America

               Rev. Shanna Steitz, Community Christian Church

               Mayor Sly James, Kansas City

  • 2-4 Opening Ritual: the 40th Anniversary of the End of the Vietnam War and 70th Anniversary of VE-Day

Leaders: Rev. Shanna Steitz and Rev. Dr. Wallace Hartsfield, Sr.

Preacher: Rear Admiral Margaret Kibben, Chief of Chaplains, USN

  • 4-4:30 Break

4:30-5:30 Plenary: The Healing Power of Public Lamentation

Rev. Dr. Larry Graham

  • 5:30-7:30 Dinner on your own
  • 7:30-8:45 Evening Plenary: Hosted by Congressman Emanuel Cleaver

Featured Speaker: Mr. Karl Marlantes, interviewed by NPR’s Mr. Steve Kraske

8:45-9:30 Book Signing


  • 8:15-8:30 Opening Meditation
  • 8:30-9:45 Plenary: Moral Formation, Moral Injury, and Pathways to Recovery

Rev. Dr. Rita Nakashima Brock

  • 9:45-10:45 Voices of Veterans

Hosted by Capt. (Chaplain) Kyle Fauntleroy, USN

              Tyler Boudreau, USMC

              Janci Bridges, USAF

              Camilo Mejia, USA

              Michael Yandell, USA

  • 10:45-11:15 Break
  • 11:15-12:15 Plenary: Sexual Assault in the Military

Rev. Dr. Marie Fortune

  • 12:15-1:15 lunch (provided)
  • 1:15-2:45 pm Plenary: How Privilege, Dehumanization, and Prejudice Impact Moral Injury

Rev. Dr. Dale Andrews and Chaplain Shareda Hosein

  • 2:45-3:15 Break and Travel Time
  • 3:15-5:00 Workshops and Learning Tracks (Meeting rooms will be at various locations to be announced when the conference starts: Unity Temple, Community Christian, Holiday Inn, and KC Art Institute)
  • Workshops (Repeated on Oct. 30, meet concurrent with learning tracks):
  • Learning Tracks (Meet concurrent with workshops, conclude on Oct. 31)
  • 5:15-6:15 Optional Session (Unity Temple, ROOM TBA)
    • Meditation to Release Trauma: Brother Michael-Phap Nguyen-Uyen
  • 5-7:30 Dinner on your own
  • 7:30-9 Veterans’ Literary Readings, optional, open to the public (Location: Nelson-Atkins Museum pending confirmation)



  • 8:30-10:15 Workshops (see list for Oct. 29)

Learning Tracks, Session 2

  • 10:15-10:45 Break and travel time
  • 10:45-11:45 Panel of Speakers and Discussion of What We All Can Do

                Mayor Sly James, Kansas City, MO

                Commander Cindy McDermott, RezVets Veterans Ministry, Church of the Resurrection

                Ms. Mea K. Williams, CEO, Grace After Fire

Ms. Caroline Meehan, Volunteers of America

                Capt. Kyle Fauntleroy, USN, Chaplain

  • 11:45-12:30 Closing Ritual—End of Conference
  • (Learning Track Seminars continue)
  • 11:45-1:00 Lunch provided for Learning tracks (not participating in closing ritual)
  • 1-3:30 pm Learning Tracks meet, session 3
  • 3-3:30 Break
  • 4-6 Learning Tracks meet, session 4
  • 6 pm Dinner on your own


Oct. 31

  • 8:30-10:30 Learning Tracks final session 5
  • 10:30-11:00 Break
  • 11:00-12:30 Closing Plenary—End of Learning Tracks

4 thoughts on “Conference Schedule

  1. I have been unable to locate information about the CEU’s available to the different licensed attendees. Could you please address this?


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