Response to a Caring and Sorrow-Bearing Resolution

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

We write you as fellow members of the Body of Christ.

At the 2008 Virginia Annual Conference, those in attendance unanimously passed a “Caring and `Sorrow-Bearing’ Resolution,” which you can read  by clicking here (pdf). While the responsibility for implementing the resolution was given to various conference boards, committees, and teams, in truth the responsibility is that of each congregation.

There is a fascinating and effective community of faith in Portland, Oregon, who call themselves “The Bridge,” a wonderful name for the church. With God as bridge-builder, Who has extended grace to us and all persons, we are privileged to participate in bridge building by sharing the grace we have received. To be “grace-full” persons means to live with the compassion expressed by Walt Whitman:

      I do not ask the wounded person how he feels,
      I myself become the wounded person

               - Walt Whitman, 1881, “Song of Myself,” Section 33, l. 845

On this site, as announced on ClergyNet and LaityNet, are posted files which can be downloaded and shared with your congregation. One file, a pdf version of the Church Guide for Ministering to the Military, is made available to us by volunteers of Military Ministry, Inc. Print copies can be obtained by contacting Military Ministries directly. The second file offers suggestions for how churches of the Virginia Conference can be involved in caring and sorrow-bearing ministries (pdf). Resources which you may want to access are listed below.

We ask you to share this information with your Church/Administrative Council, as you pray for guidance for the ministry to which God is calling you to minister to members of the military and their families during these difficult times.

Love and Peace in Christ,
Health and Relief Team
Virginia Conference Board of Global Ministries


"Beyond the Yellow Ribbon: How Churches Can Help Soldiers and Their Families Readjust after Combat"     

Christianity Today: Veteran Ministry – How churches can help soldiers and their families readjust after combat   

Deployment Health Support  

Iraq War Veterans Organization  

Military Family Research Institute  

Military Home Front, Department of Defense website for official Military Community and Family Policy (MC&FP) program information  

Military Ministries, a division of Campus Crusade for Christ International  

Ministering to the Military in Our Midst (Southern Baptist)  

National Center for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder  

Rebuilding Together, Veterans Housing Initiative  

“Returning from the War Zone: A Guide for Families of Military Members”  

Veteran Service Organizations (VSOs), directory of service organizations  

Virginia is for Heroes, serving those who served: veterans and their families  

War Veteran Ministers


The Cross and Flame is a registered trademark, and the use is supervised by the General Council on Finance and Administration (GCFA) of The United Methodist Church. Permission to use the Cross and Flame must be obtained from the GCFA, Attn: Legal Department, PO Box 340029, Nashville, TN 37203-0029; phone 615-369-2334; fax 615-369-2330

Background photos courtesy of VDOT.

The Virginia Conference of The United Methodist Church
10330 Staples Mill Road, Glen Allen, VA 23060
P.O. Box 5606, Glen Allen, VA 23058-5606
(804) 521-1100
Click here for directions to the Center