Dis­as­ter Spir­i­tu­al Care: Prac­ti­cal Cler­gy Respons­es to Com­mu­ni­ty, Region­al and Nation­al Tragedy

Stephen B. Roberts and Willard W.C. Ash­ley Sr., eds.
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By – January 26, 2012

Accord­ing to a Red Cross study done in the after­math of the ter­ror­ist attacks on the Unit­ed States in Sep­tem­ber 2001, 60% of Amer­i­cans indi­cat­ed that, in the event of a dis­as­ter, they would turn first to a spir­i­tu­al pro­fes­sion­al. Like­wise the tragedy sur­round­ing Hur­ri­cane Kat­ri­na put reli­gious pro­fes­sion­als in the fore­front of respond­ing to dis­as­ter (even as their insti­tu­tions were, in many cas­es, destroyed). This col­lec­tion of arti­cles pro­vides guid­ance and infor­ma­tion to cler­gy, prepar­ing them to respond to nat­ur­al as well as human-made dis­as­ters that might con­front them. Writ­ten by cler­gy and men­tal health pro­fes­sion­als from a vari­ety of faith tra­di­tions, the infor­ma­tion helps cler­gy to plan, as well as to imple­ment strate­gies for roles they may be called to play in dis­as­ters. The book includes copy­right per­mit­ted pages that can be pho­to­copied and used in reach­ing out to oth­er cler­gy as well as in the direct work.

Rab­bi Arnold D. Sam­lan is a Jew­ish edu­ca­tor and rab­bi liv­ing in Mia­mi, Flori­da. He serves as exec­u­tive direc­tor of the Orloff Cen­tral Agency for Jew­ish Edu­ca­tion of Broward County.

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