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Can theology prevent disasters?

No.

But it can help people prepare for them and lessen the impact. That’s why we’ve been working hard to roll out our resources on a theology of Disaster Resilience among our Pacific partners, some of whom work among people who have been taught to believe that natural disasters are an unavoidable punishment for personal wrongdoing.

This understanding of the nature of disaster sometimes means communities haven’t thought through what they could do practically to avoid and lessen their impact. Our new resources are written by Pacific theologians and designed to be shared as Bible studies as widely as possible with people in their own language. They teach about the nature of disaster and suffering, God’s call to care for creation, our role as stewards, and preparedness and advocacy as acts of discipleship. The Bible studies will work alongside teaching about evacuation plans, risk assessments and the provision of pastoral support.

In the face of increasing threats from drought, fire, flood and storms in our region, we’re doing everything we can to equip our partners to respond with determination and hope, starting with foundations of faith.

Read more about the project and download the resources here.