As part of our Connections Calls, we get to hear feedback from representatives who work in various expressions of the ELCA. During the January 2020 call, after a group devotional, Katrina Martich shared what she took away from the 2019 Lutheran Disaster Response Convening. Listen here to the whole call (she starts at 20:35).
“There are natural hazards, but no such thing as natural disasters, even though that is a term many of those in the public are familiar with. Disasters happen when hazards (for example natural hazards like hurricanes) impact people and the systems people have made – their culture, their society, their economy, their inequalities. And our response to that disaster can further shape the impact of the disaster on people.”
– Dr. Jennifer Trivedi, Asst. Professor of Anthropology at Univ. of Delaware
Resources in relation to the Call Topic:
- ELCA Congregational Disaster Preparedness Guidebook
- Disaster preparation and mitigation based on hazard type (e.g., flood, hail, hurricane,)
- Disaster response and recovery from Homeland Security
- www.ClimateReadyPhilly.org: example of LDR program that combines social justice with disaster preparedness/mitigation and climate change
- Disaster Research Center (Univ. of Delaware)– making academic research regarding human behavior during disasters more accessible.Tools for talking about climate without alienating anyone:
- Blessed Tomorrow’s Let’s Talk Faith & Climate Toolkit.
- Find out more information (click) about the Creation Care Ambassador training and presenters in your area.
- Orion Article that gives a glimpse into various perspectives across the country.
- Webinars available from Lutheran Disaster Preparedness & Response (click here) and Creation Justice Ministries (click) re: the intersection of natural disasters, social injustices and where the church can show up.