Warriors’ JOurney Home Welcomes You
Our mission is to provide spiritual healing and soul repair for veterans, families and the community.
Who We Are
We are veterans and civilians - persons of strong heart. We are a group of people with compassion for our military families. Many of our veterans are combat veterans whose familes have experienced the challenges and stress of military life. We are a non-political, non-sectarian ministry.
What We Offer
Warriors’ Journey Home Ministry is dedicated to support and assist our veterans, their families and our society during their military service and their return home. We offer: Support • Education • Ritual • Healing Services • Reconciliation Services • Initiation • Network • Restoration
by John M. Schluep, D. Min.
Soul’s Cry is a primer that provides insight on how to deal with the safe return our veteran’s require to relinquish the suffering brought about by the invisible wounds of war.
The book is recommended for all; from the mental health provider, clergy family, veterans and the community in general. Soul's cry, is a guidebook that can offer suggestions for the type of transformative community based healing that is so needed in our society.
To order your copy - click on the link
John M. Schluep
Senior Pastor at First Congregational Church of Tallmadge
Senior Pastor at First Congregational Church of Tallmadge since 2000. Prior to his pastoral work, John was an U.S. Army officer. As a local pastor, John has worked with numerous area schools in times of crisis. He has worked as an Assistant Professor at Kent State University. He consulted with the PBS productions: “Adolescent Suicide: A Generation at Risk,” “The Family,” and “The Learning Years.” Dr. Schluep earned a Bachelor of Arts in History from Ohio State University, a Masters of Divinity at The Methodist Theological School of Ohio, and a Doctor of Ministry from Boston University. He was ordained in The United Methodist Church in 1981, and was received as a Pastor in Full Connection in The United Church of Christ in 2004. Reverend Schluep is the author of “Soul’s Cry” a book about how Warriors Journey Home works.
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Warriors Journey Home 3rd Annual Gala Fundraiser Silent Auction was Huge Success
More Warriors Journey Home Chapters Coming Soon!
Potential new Warriors’ Journey Home Circles include: Bainbridge, Ohio; Augusta, Georgia; Newark, New Jersey
If you would like information on starting a Warriors’ Journey Home Chapter near you contact
• Tallmadge Chapter Annual Picnic
August 28th • 6:00pm • Church Parking Lot
First Congregational Church of Tallmadge
85 Heritage Drive Tallmadge, Ohio 44278
All vets and significant others are invited.
Hot dogs, drinks and condiments will be provided (no alcohol permitted).
Please bring a covered dish or dessert.
• Spiritual Retreat & Facilitator Training at Camp Wanake
September 30th - October 2nd
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Healing Circles - Join Us!
We provide a variety of support groups. Some groups are “closed” and some groups are “open.” Closed groups are exclusive for specific issues. Open groups are open to anyone who wishes to participate.
Our Education Ministry is sensitive to the needs and issues of children, youth, and adults during deployment and return home.
SERVICE OF HEALING
Through the acts of ritual, veterans and their families find restoration and reconciliation via spiritual ceremony. Spiritual ceremonies hopefully will bring a connection with divine spirit. The Warriors’ Journey Home Ministry is a non-sectarian, non-political ministry.
Warriors’ Journey Home is allied with: • Soldier’s Heart, Albany New York • The Red Bird Center, Cambridge, Ohio • Freedom House, Kent Ohio • Valor Home, Akron, Ohio • The Vet Art Project • Pedal for Heroes
The Warriors’ Path
The Warrior’s Path is a life-long journey and positive change of life style. The warrior’s path is disciplined, caring, honorable, courageous, sacrificial, and distinguished. Veterans returning from active duty need the initiatory experience of transition from veteran to warrior and from the military to civilian life. Historically, this life transition was originally accomplished through the community, the guidance of elders, and ritual ceremony.
The Sacred Path of the Warrior
Tenderness contains an element of sadness. It is not the sadness of feeling sorry for yourself or feeling deprived, but it is a natural situation of fullness. You feel so full and rich as if you are about to shed tears. Our eyes are full of tears and the moment you blink, the tears will spill out of your eyes and roll down your cheeks. In order to be a good warrior, one has to feel this sad tender heart. If a person does not feel alone and sad, they cannot be a good warrior. (Trungpa)
Tallmadge, Ohio 44278