Logan Mehl-Laituri spent over six years in the United States Army, including a 14 month deployment to iraq as a forward observer for the field artillery. In 2006, he was honorably discharged after applying to be recognized as a noncombatant conscientious objector in order to return to combat without a firearm as a Christian pacifist.
In 2008, Centurion's Guild emerged in response to a general lack of substantive and meaningful engagement with service members in churches and Christian communities. Logan acts as the Executive Officer for the Guild, where he counsels past and present service members and their families on theologically relevant, historically grounded practices and perspectives within the Christian faith for understanding military service.
As a student in the Master of Theological Studies program at Duke Divinity School, he became a founding member of the student group Milites Christi and was lead organizer for After the Yellow Ribbon (a 2011 Veterans Day conference focused on equipping congregations, colleges, and communities engage more meaningfully with past and present service members in their midst). He continues to speak and write broadly about veterans issues and Christian perspectives on militarism and nationalism for local, national, and international news outlets.
Shane Claiborne reflects on Jesus’ teachings on violence and love.
Veteran Logan Mehl-Laituri of Centurions Guild on holding the tension between God and country.
Logan Laituri, a young veteran of the Iraq war who has begun to question our patterns of war.
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