Moral injury is a wound of the soul that can have devastating effects on the spirit, mind, and body. It is a natural human response to a traumatic event or events. Though not a diagnosable psychological disorder, when left unresolved moral injury can play a significant role in the manifested symptoms of mental health problems. Click here to learn more!
Rita Nakashima Brock, Rel. M., M.A., and Ph.D., is Senior Vice President for Moral Injury Programs at Volunteers of America and a Commissioned Minister of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). A native of Fukuoka, Japan, Brock was six years old when she and her mother were brought to the U.S. by her stepfather from Amory, Mississippi. She was raised in a military family and was the first Asian American woman to earn a doctorate in theology. Dr. Brock was Director of the Radcliffe Fellowship Program at Harvard University from 1997-2001, a fellow at the Harvard Divinity School Center for Values in Public Life, 2001-2002, and a Visiting Scholar at the Starr King School for the Ministry in Berkeley from 2002-2012. Her 2008 book with Rebecca Parker, Saving Paradise, was a finalist for the American Academy of Religion Award for Reflective/Constructive Theological Studies, and it was selected as a best book in religion by Publisher’s Weekly. An internationally distinguished lecturer and award-winning author, she is a pioneer in the study of moral injury. In 2012, she co-founded the Soul Repair Center, Brite Divinity School at TCU, with Col. (Chaplain) Herman Keizer Jr., U.S. Army veteran, and directed it until May 2017. Her most recent book is Soul Repair: Recovering from Moral Injury After War, co-authored with Gabriella Lettini, the first book written on moral injury.
Rev. Quiett holds a BA in political science from Mars Hill University and an MA in History of American Christianity, as well as a Master of Divinity from Duke University School of Divinity. He is ordained by the United Methodist Church and served several parishes in North Carolina.
Upon leaving North Carolina, he became a program officer with The Third Sector Project in Washington, DC where he worked with The National Symphony Orchestra, the Kennedy Center, and the DC Music Center. He then became the primary program strategist at the new Martin Luther King, Jr. Center in Atlanta, GA. Rev. Quiett then served as Associate Pastor at All Souls Church, Unitarian for thirteen years, followed by serving at the Director of Employee Relations and Volunteers Programs for the Whitman-Walker Clinic. In 1997 Rev. Quiett was recruited by the city of Hampton/Hampton Rhodes, VA to become Executive Director of the Citizen’s Unity Commission. This commission won national recognition and the top award of the National League of Cities. From there he was recruited to form the department of ministry at Volunteers of America. Rev. Quiett is active in civic organizations in Washington, DC where he resides. He is founding board member of the National Chamber Ensemble and the Janet Keenan Housing Corp, as well as active in the national and local ASPCA.
In addition to his work with Volunteers of America and civic groups, Rev. Quiett is active as an interim minister for non-aligned churches seeking permanent pastors. You can find his work in various magazines, as well as a weekly column for the Volunteers of America Friday Bulletin.
Bill Nash is the current Director of Psychological Health for the U.S. Marine Corps, and a psychiatric researcher on risk and protective factors, new measures for early recognition, and new cognitive-behavioral treatments for combat-related stress injuries. While on active duty in the US Navy, CAPT Nash provided psychological health services to the 1st Marine Division during Operation Al Fajr, and he led the development of the current Navy and Marine Corps doctrine for Combat and Operational Stress Control, including its acknowledgment of moral injury and loss as important mechanisms of psychological injury. He has co-authored two books.