The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is shaping up as an environmental and social disaster of epic proportions — and one that is also prompting a great deal of national soul-searching. Ethical, moral and religious aspects of the catastrophe are playing a critical role in the debate.
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When Hurricane Katrina hit in late August 2005, faith groups had a profound effect on rescue and recovery efforts. A year later, people of faith say Hurricane Katrina permanently changed much more than the Gulf Coast: It changed the way religious groups help and heal in the wake of disaster. Interviews with religious leaders revealed [...]
Rescuers during Hurricane Katrina. Passengers on Flight 93 who crashed a plane into a Pennsylvania field on Sept. 11, 2001. Neighbors who hid Jews during the Holocaust. A recent flurry of scientific studies, articles, books and conferences have explored altruism – the quality that inspires people to act selflessly to help others.
Katrina and Rita are inspiring talk of the link between spiritual and environmental concerns. Experts say the increase in fierce hurricanes is linked to environmental factors. Would better stewardship of the Earth help? In the last five years, more people of faith have begun boldly taking environmental stands. National coalitions have been bolstering and diversifying [...]
Americans have earned a reputation worldwide for generosity in times of tragedy. Whether it’s the South Asian tsunami, the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11 or the devastating aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Americans by the thousands are quick to donate money, supplies and volunteer time. These high-profile disasters also highlight an urgent concern of the nonprofit [...]
The initial shock of Katrina’s devastation inspired talk of its “biblical” proportions. But as recovery efforts continue in the weeks and months ahead, religion, faith and ethics will play bigger roles in the stories of how lives and cities are rebuilt. ReligionLink offers a roundup of ideas, with links to background and sources.
An “act of God.” More than 100,000 deaths. Unimaginable suffering and grief. An international outpouring of aid. Religion is a powerful undertow in the aftermath of the devastating South Asian tsunami. ReligionLink offers story ideas and resources for covering the story.