Building Rock-Solid Resilience to Natural Hazards: The Church Edition

Building Rock-Solid Resilience to Natural Hazards: The Church Edition

By Le-Anne Roper
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Book Description

Vulnerable countries and communities are living with the reality that despite the catastrophes of the past and present, the worst is yet to come. But there is hope! We have the power to respond and make positive changes. Building Rock-Solid Resilience to Natural Hazards is designed to help us to do just that. This edition was written primarily for the church but was also designed to be useful and applicable for individuals and entities seeking knowledge and clarity on this important issue. It is also a valuable resource for professionals working in the disaster risk management and climate change fields. This book carefully integrates Biblical precepts and principles with concepts from climate change, disaster risk management and environmental stewardship to strengthen the case and call for action. It was crafted for easy reading while still maintaining the integrity of the information.

Natural hazards are already intensifying and becoming more frequent. This book may yet empower and inspire those who read it to become more resilient. At least that is the hope.

Table of Contents
  • Dedication
  • Figures
  • Foreword
  • Preface
  • Acknowledgements
  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1 – Why Build Resilience in the Church?
    • What is the Church?
    • Defining and Understanding Resilience
    • Biblical Perspectives of Resilience
    • Bringing it Home
    • Guiding Questions
  • Chapter 2 – How Should the Church Approach Resilience Building?
    • A Principled Approach
      • Principle 1 – People First: People are the Focus
      • Principle 2 – No favouritism: Be Equitable
      • Principle 3 – Transparency: No secrets
      • Principle 4 – Realism: Don’t Bite off more than you can chew
      • Principle 5 – Open and Flexible: Avoid the Traditions Trap
      • Principle 6 – Communication: Say it loud, say it often, say it clear
      • Principle 7 – Participatory: All Voices Count
      • Principle 8 – Evidence-based Planning: Knowledge is Necessary
      • Principle 9 – Creation Counts: Stewarding the Environment
      • Principle 10 – Science is Sound: Use it, not abuse it
    • “Positioning” – The National and International Connection
      • National Plans
      • National Policies
      • National Laws
      • Think Global
    • Pictures – Charting the Path to the Future
    • Prioritising
    • Bringing it Home
    • Guiding Questions
  • Chapter 3 – What Resilience Measures Should the Church Pursue?
    • Formulating “Four-midable” Solutions
      • Stage 1: Empower People – Increase Knowledge and Understanding
      • Stage 2: Elaborate a Plan – Outline Measures to Reduce Risks
      • Stage 3: Execute – Do What is Planned
      • Stage 4: Evaluate Progress – Assess Efficacy of Action Taken
    • Applying the Biblical Lens
    • Bringing it Home
    • Guiding Questions
  • Chapter 4 – Who is Involved in Building Resilience?
    • Church Leaders
    • The Flock (Members)
    • The Community (Neighbours)
    • Social Operations
    • Special Considerations
    • External Support and Networking
    • Biblical Perspectives from Nehemiah
    • Bringing it Home
    • Guiding Questions
  • Chapter 5 – When Should Resilience Measures be Pursued?
    • Timing Takeaways from Joseph in Egypt
    • Lessons from the Good Samaritan
    • A Time to Reap
    • Managing Time
    • Bringing it Home
    • Guiding Questions
  • Chapter 6 – Is this the Conclusion of the Matter?
    • Peace in the Storm
    • Piece by Piece
    • Pray and Plod on!
    • Summary – Bringing it Home
    • Guiding Questions
  • Appendix 1: Guiding Questions for Further Deliberation
    • Reasons for Resilience
    • The Approach
    • Formulating Formidable Solutions
    • Stakeholders
    • Timing Considerations
    • Conclusion
  • Appendix 2: Questionnaire for Survey of Jamaican Churches
  • Bibliography
  • Endnotes
Igor Palaguta
18 days ago
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