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US Army Chaplain David Peters found his faith severely tested after returning home from Iraq in 2006. Facing the dissolution of his marriage, and a feeling of abandonment and estrangement from God, Peters struggled with and ultimately left the fundamentalist evangelical church he had belonged to.
He eventually remarried, was ordained to the priesthood in the Episcopal Church, and wrote a memoir about his experiences titled “Death Letter: God, Sex, and War.” The title is derived from the term used to describe the letters service people write in the event that they are killed while serving.
NPR’s All Things Considered ran a segment on Peters with an interview portion; they’ve saved the audio and transcription on their website.
An earlier Q&A session with Peters was published on the Huffington Post earlier this year, in which he talks about his motivation and the goals of his ministry and his memoir.
From the Huffington Post:
My work as a priest is to reconcile people to God, to others, and to their own self. Sadly, many veterans withdraw from relationships and are very alone. I write in the book that I could never promise my Soldiers they wouldn’t die. I would always say to them before we left the wire, “You know, the founder of my religion died 500 miles west of here.” They would usually laugh. Then I’d say, “What I do promise you is that I’ll be with you no matter what happens–you won’t be alone.” So far, this is what I’m hearing about the book–that people feel that they’re not alone in their struggles with God, sex, and war.
Peters also blogs on the Huffington Post about faith, being a veteran, and post traumatic stress disorder.
Posted by David Streever