A Healing Circle

To Listen-To Speak-To Heal

Embracing the

Warriors’ JOurney Home Welcomes You

Our mission is to provide spiritual healing and soul repair for veterans, families and the community.
Who We Are

We are veterans and civilians - persons of strong heart. We are a group of people with compassion for our military families. Many of our veterans are combat veterans whose familes have experienced the challenges and stress of military life. We are a non-political, non-sectarian ministry.

What We Offer

Warriors’ Journey Home Ministry is dedicated to support and assist our veterans, their families and our society during their military service and their return home. We offer: Support • Education • Ritual • Healing Services • Reconciliation Services • Initiation • Network • Restoration

COming Home

Soul’s Cry

by John M. Schluep, D. Min.
Soul’s Cry is a primer that provides insight on how to deal with the safe return our veteran’s require to relinquish the suffering brought about by the invisible wounds of war.

The book is recommended for all; from the mental health provider, clergy family, veterans and the community in general. Soul's cry, is a guidebook that can offer suggestions for the type of transformative community based healing that is so needed in our society.

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John M. Schluep

Senior Pastor at First Congregational Church of Tallmadge

Senior Pastor at First Congregational Church of Tallmadge since 2000. Prior to his pastoral work, John was an U.S. Army officer. As a local pastor, John has worked with numerous area schools in times of crisis. He has worked as an Assistant Professor at Kent State University. He consulted with the PBS productions: “Adolescent Suicide: A Generation at Risk,” “The Family,” and “The Learning Years.” Dr. Schluep earned a Bachelor of Arts in History from Ohio State University, a Masters of Divinity at The Methodist Theological School of Ohio, and a Doctor of Ministry from Boston University. He was ordained in The United Methodist Church in 1981, and was received as a Pastor in Full Connection in The United Church of Christ in 2004. Reverend Schluep is the author of “Soul’s Cry” a book about how Warriors Journey Home works.

Contact Reverend Schluep: jschluepfcc@sbcglobal.net

Latest News

More Warriors Journey Home Chapters Coming Soon!
Potential new Warriors’ Journey Home Circles include:
Bainbridge, Ohio; Augusta, Georgia; Newark, New Jersey; Fredrick, Maryland; Columbia, Missouri

Check back for more infomation soon.

If you would like information on starting a Warriors’ Journey Home Chapter near you contactjschluepfcc@sbcglobal.net

Upcoming Events

Warriors Journey Home Gala

May 1, 2016 • Warriors' Journey Home Recognition Dinner in Wooster, Ohio
MOCA House and NAMI • 2525 Back Orrville Rd., Wooster • 330.264.9250
4:45 Gathering • 5:00 Dinner • 5:30 Guest Speaker (Dr. John Schleup, Founder of WJH, is the guest speaker) and Recognition Ceremony • 6:30 Healing Circle

May 9, 2016 • Warriors' Journey Home Program Presented at Federated Church UCC • 76 Bell St. Chagrin Falls, Ohio 44022 • 440.247.6490
1:30 Refreshments • 2:00 Program

May 21, 2016 • 3:00 • Calling all WJH Warriors and Strong Hearts!
Chris Reynolds will lead a ceremony at the Ohio Veteran’s Memorial Park in Clinton, Ohio. There will be a dedication ceremony of the 32,000 Dog Tags representing the 32,000 Ohio KIA since the War of 1812.

Healing Circles - Join Us!

Tallmadge, Ohio

April 10th and 24th

Wooster, Ohio

April 3rd and 17th


We provide a variety of support groups. Some groups are “closed” and some groups are “open.” Closed groups are exclusive for specific issues. Open groups are open to anyone who wishes to participate.


Our Education Ministry is sensitive to the needs and issues of children, youth, and adults during deployment and return home.


Through the acts of ritual, veterans and their families find restoration and reconciliation via spiritual ceremony. Spiritual ceremonies hopefully will bring a connection with divine spirit. The Warriors’ Journey Home Ministry is a non-sectarian, non-political ministry.


Warriors’ Journey Home is allied with: • Soldier’s Heart, Albany New York • The Red Bird Center, Cambridge, Ohio • Freedom House, Kent Ohio • Valor Home, Akron, Ohio • The Vet Art Project • Pedal for Heroes

The Warriors’ Path

The Warrior’s Path is a life-long journey and positive change of life style. The warrior’s path is disciplined, caring, honorable, courageous, sacrificial, and distinguished. Veterans returning from active duty need the initiatory experience of transition from veteran to warrior and from the military to civilian life. Historically, this life transition was originally accomplished through the community, the guidance of elders, and ritual ceremony.

The Sacred Path of the Warrior

Tenderness contains an element of sadness. It is not the sadness of feeling sorry for yourself or feeling deprived, but it is a natural situation of fullness. You feel so full and rich as if you are about to shed tears. Our eyes are full of tears and the moment you blink, the tears will spill out of your eyes and roll down your cheeks. In order to be a good warrior, one has to feel this sad tender heart. If a person does not feel alone and sad, they cannot be a good warrior. (Trungpa)

85 Heritage Drive
Tallmadge, Ohio 44278
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