With the hurricane and tornado seasons already upon us, post-summer wildfires looming on the horizon, global famine forecasts and potentially cataclysmic climate instability to come in the near future, this edition of ReligionLink explores the fascinating and often unsettling connection between natural disasters and religion.
The Jewish Daily Forward describes relief efforts by Israel and by Jewish groups in the U.S.
Brittany Shoots-Reinhard, director of special projects for the Foundation Beyond Belief, writes in this blog post about the role of “psychological distance” in providing aid after the Philippines typhoon. Shoots-Reinhard has a doctorate in social psychology.
The Humanist Crisis Response program of the Foundation Beyond Belief is asking humanists to contribute relief money for the Philippines. Within days, the appeal raised $40,000.
This Baptist Press article tells about a rapid-assistance team dispatched by the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention and about funds sent by Baptist Global Response.
Islamic Relief USA and sister organizations around the world are sending workers and raising funds to help the victims.
Read about a $97,000 emergency aid grant announced by the United Methodist Committee on Relief. The article also notes that the Philippines’ three active United Methodist bishops and at least two retired ones are in North Carolina this week for the denomination’s Council of Bishops meeting.
Read highlights of Catholic Relief Services’ plans for assisting.
This news release from the Mormon Newsroom outlines aid being provided by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.