Moral Stress, Moral Injury and Religious Resiliency

When our religious upbringing or community says one thing and our lived experience or intellect tells us another thing, it can create moral stress—a cognitive dissonance between what we know to be right and what we are told. If that stress is extreme or intense enough (e.g., killing in an unjust war, conversion therapy for LGBTQ people), it can become a long-lasting moral injury. Let’s explore the stresses and injuries that we may have experienced and how we can build resilience to face them.

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