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How beliefs impact disasters

Exploring the connection between theology and church engagement during crises

2023 Available in English, French, Portuguese and Spanish

Illustration of a mixed group of people having a discussion about the Bible while sitting in a circle outdoors.

This resource explores how our beliefs influence our response to disasters.

Disasters occur when one or more hazards overwhelm a community’s ability to cope. This might include damage to lives, homes, livelihoods or way of life. Not everyone will be affected in the same way, as some are more vulnerable than others to the impact of such events.

Themes explored in this resource include:

  • Sovereignty
  • Justice and love
  • End times and future hope
  • Creation and environment

Each section in this resource focuses on a different theme, with questions to help us think through our beliefs, choices and actions. We recommend you work through each theme gradually, pausing at the questions to reflect on what has been raised. You can do this on your own or in a group discussion with others.

Ask God to guide you as you approach each section, seeking to hear his voice as you engage with these ideas and questions.


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