At this year’s conference we will work together to create a genuine homecoming for troops and veterans, rites of passage for all men no matter what our histories, and reconciliation between veteran and civilian men.
Twenty-seven years ago the Minnesota Men’s Conference began reaching out to men of all ages and backgrounds in an effort to help restore the practice of authentic rites of passage, including “radical therapies” or, as indigenous teachers call them “radical rituals.” A healing ritual can change a person from living wounded in an isolated, diseased state to living in wholeness, health, hope and inclusion. Our conference is designed to speak to all men in our culture who have been traumatized by our society’s culture of war and violence.
In addition to our veterans, the effects of war and armed conflict have irrevocably changed many men. These include civilians, anti-war demonstrators, refugees and conscientious objectors. Each brings a personal story and a complex background of experience that deserves be shared and honored. The conference will provide a safe, inclusive space for dialogue, reflection and storytelling that can help heal and transform the wounds of war. All men are brothers and all brothers are welcome and encouraged to attend for their own homecoming and as helpers who create a homecoming for those still lost and wandering. We must finally all be in this healing and homecoming process together and in service to our veterans who have served us all.