When: Tues. Aug. 12, 6 pm
Where: Joy Mennonite Church, 504 NE 16th, OKC
The Oklahoma Center for Conscience will host an informal talk and discussion with conscientious objector Jake Malloy on Tuesday, August 12. The event will take place at Joy Mennonite Church, 504 NE 16th St. in Oklahoma City, and begin with a potluck dinner at 6pm. The event is free and open to the public.
“I began with the question every soldier should ask, “Can I personally take another human life?” When I was honest with the words of Jesus, I had to conclude that whatever the consequences, there is no avenue by which one can kill another and love that other all the while.”
After enlisting in the Army and reaching the rank of Sergeant, Malloy’s deepening religious beliefs about war led him to seek an exemption from combat duty. Although he was willing to serve in Iraq in a non-combat role, the Army denied Malloy’s C.O. claim, demoted him and gave him an other-than-honorable discharge in May 2006.
Malloy’s case was one of the first in which OCC assisted an active-duty servicemember with a C.O. claim.
Later this month, Jake Malloy will be moving with his wife, Tiffany, and their son, to Nairobi, Kenya, for two years while Jake obtains an M.A. in Translation Studies.
The Oklahoma Center for Conscience (formerly Oklahoma Committee for Conscientious Objectors) seeks to engage a broader discussion in our communities about war and conscience. Our projects provide individuals with information and resources for personal decision-making about affirming careers, relationships and civic participation.
The “Journey of Conscience” series will include occasional programs about individuals whose personal stories of decision-making can compel thoughtful discussion and further understanding of difficult moral issues.
For more information, please call 405-771-4743 or email info (at) centerforconscience (dot) org