Warriors Journey Home

A Healing Circle

To Listen-To Speak-To Heal

Embracing the

WARRIORS JOURNEY HOME is an organization dedicated to helping Veterans and their families adjust to life for the returning Warrior. We encourage you to checkout this website and appreciate your support in any way. A few dollars a month will go a long way in helping us to continue this valuable work. We are a
non-profit organization so only look to cover expenses. Thank you.

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

Coming Home

Soul’s Cry

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.

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Healing the Soul's Wound: A Heart and Soul Liturgy

by John M. Schluep, D. Min.
Healing The Soul’s Wound: A Heart & Soul Liturgy, is an answer to a frequently asked question by clergy charged with the task of leading worship: “How do I write a service of worship for Veteran’s Day or Memorial Day honoring the veteran for their service and remain religious without becoming nationalistic?” After a decade and a half of working in this specialized area of ministry Dr. Schluep provides a framework for worship liturgy that is focused on healing invisible wounds by honoring the heart and soul of the individual. This outline for liturgy (the work of the people) is adaptable in many settings and services of worship for every faith community. Everyone, veteran and civilian (or People of Strong Heart) alike, carries an invisible wound. This small book is insightful and helpful in bringing the community together for a common purpose.

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John M. Schluep

John M. Schluep was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant, Regular Army Infantry on March 15, 1974 from the Ohio State University ROTC. He served as an Airborne Rifle Platoon Leader, Reconnaissance Platoon Leader, Intelligence Officer and Assistant Operations with the 172nd Arctic Light Infantry. Lieutenant Schluep finished his active duty as the Executive Officer of Company A, The Commander in Chief’s Guard, Third US Infantry (The Old Guard) Washington, D.C. and with the Plans and Security S-2. He resigned from active duty with the rank of Captain and attended graduate seminary leading to ordination in the United Methodist Church and later as a pastor in full connection in the United Church of Christ. Dr. Schluep has served churches in Northeast Ohio, instructed at Kent State University, Northeast Ohio College of Medicine, and consulted on several PBS productions. John Schluep earned his Bachelor of Arts from the Ohio State University, a Master’s of Divinity from The Methodist Theological School of Ohio, and a Doctor of Ministry from Boston University School of Theology. Dr. Schluep retired in 2016 after 29 years of pastoral ministry from the First Congregational Church of Tallmadge, UCC where he served for 17 years as the senior pastor. The integration of his experiences as a soldier, pastor and counselor lead to answer the ‘call’ to found Warriors’ Journey Home. John is married to Beth and they have three children and three grandchildren.

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Upcoming Events

Mark Your Calendars!

2018 WJH Gala will be March 7th

2018 Viet Nam Healing & Reconciliation Tour
September 27th - October 14th

Healing Circles - Join Us!

Tallmadge, Ohio

Every other Sunday • 6pm

Wooster, Ohio

1st & 3rd Sundays of each month • 6pm

Berea, Ohio

2nd & 4th Sundays of each month • 6pm

Frederick, Maryland

1st & 3rd Sundays of each month • 7pm

Columbia, Missouri

3rd Thursday of each month • 4pm

bainbridge, Ohio

2nd Saturdays • 4pm

Perkasie, Pennsylvania

1st Tuesdays of each month • 6:30pm


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.


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)

P.O. Box 67121
Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio 44222
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