The question around disasters is not if a disaster will happen here but when—especially as we see climate change increasing the severity and frequency of severe weather events. When disasters occur, congregations can offer vital care and resources for their members and wider communities. Advance preparation and planning can position churches to respond well.
As we enter another season of climate-driven disasters, it is time to step back and ask: How can our congregations be hubs of climate resilience, helping our communities weather the spiritual and physical storms of the climate crisis?
In this workshop, participants will learn about the domestic and global context of climate disasters, get connected with resources for disaster response and recovery, and engage in conversations and activities for developing context-specific disaster preparedness and response plans.
MarieAnne Sliwinski, Program Director for Lutheran Disaster Response-International at the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA)
Rev. Caroline Hamilton-Arnold, Associate Director for Domestic Disaster Response for Week of Compassion: the relief, refugee, and development mission fund of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).