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

Exploring how spiritual care changes following a disaster, and with theological perspectives and practical tools, this definitive guidebook integrates classic pastoral care with the unique challenges of disaster response on community and regional levels.

Edited by Rabbi Stephen B. Roberts, MBA, MHL, BCJC
and Rev. Willard W. C. Ashley Sr., DMin, DH

6 x 9, 384 pp | 978-1-59473-240-9

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The first comprehensive resource for pastoral care in the face of disaster—a vital resource for clergy, seminarians, pastoral counselors and caregivers of all faith traditions.

This essential resource for clergy and caregivers integrates the classic foundations of pastoral care with the unique challenges of disaster response on community, regional and national levels.

Offering the latest theological perspectives and tools, along with basic theory and skills from the best disaster response texts, research and concepts, the contributors to this resource are innovators in their fields and represent Christianity, Judaism, Islam and more.

Exploring how spiritual care changes following a disaster, and including a comprehensive explanation of a disaster’s lifecycle, this is the definitive guidebook for counseling not only the victims of disaster but also the clergy and caregivers who are called to service in the wake of crisis.

Contributors include:
Rev. Lloyd George Abrams, DMin • Imam Ummi Nur Allene Ali • Rev. Willard W. C. Ashley Sr., DMin, DH • Chaplain Therese M. Becker, MA, MDiv • Rev. David Billings, DMin • Rev. Greg Bodin, BCC, MDiv • Rabbi Zahara Davidowitz-Farkas, BCJC • Rev. Thomas H. Davis Jr. • Kevin L. Ellers, DMin • Rev. George Handzo, BCC • Imam Yusuf Hasan, BCC • Imam Muhammad Hatim, PhD, DMin • Rev. Earl E. Johnson, MDiv, BCC • Rev. Lorraine Jones, MDiv • John D. Kinsel, MS, LPCC • Rev. Canon William V. Livingston, MDiv, MEd • Rev. Charles R. Lorrain, DMin • Rev. Kevin Massey, BCC • Rabbi Myrna Matsa, DMin • Pamela Norris Norwood, LCSW • Rev. Naomi Paget, DMin, BCC, BCETS • Rev. Rebeca Radillo, DMin • Tanya Pagán Raggio, MD, MPH, FAAP • Rabbi Stephen B. Roberts, BCJC • Rev. John A. Robinson Jr., MDiv • Roberta L. Samet, LCSW • Rev. Arthur Schmidt, DMin, BCC • Timothy G. Serban, MA, BCC • Rev. Frederick J. Streets, MDiv, MSW, DSW, DD, LICSW • Rev. Julie Taylor, MDiv, CTR • Cheryl Guidry Tyiska • Rev. Beverly Wallace, PhD • Rev. John C. Wilson, PhD

“Timely, compelling and valuable…. Provides congregational clergy and pastoral care professionals with the skill and wisdom needed to sustain and support their communities when disaster strikes.”

Rabbi Dayle A. Friedman, editor, Jewish Pastoral Care: A Practical Handbook from Traditional and Contemporary Sources

“Draws on a wealth of experience … presents a compassionate, comprehensive mandate to prepare for spiritual care after a disaster and an abundance of wisdom for our response to ordinary crises.”

Rev. Herbert Anderson, PhD, co-author, All Our Losses, All Our Griefs: Resources of Pastoral Care

“A priceless compendium of realistic scenarios and needs, and of corresponding resources and personal and professional gifts or skills that can guide our preparations to serve most effectively.”

Rev. Thomas G. Landry, III, former executive director, National Association of Catholic Chaplains