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Natural SaintsHow People of Faith are Working to Save God's Earth$
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Mallory McDuff

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195379570

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195379570.001.0001

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Responding to Natural Disaster and Rebuilding

Responding to Natural Disaster and Rebuilding

Loss and Resurrection on the Gulf Coast

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(p.83) 4 Responding to Natural Disaster and Rebuilding
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Natural Saints
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Mallory McDuff (Contributor Webpage)

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DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195379570.003.0004

This chapter reveals how churches are transforming the ministry of disaster relief and rebuilding by integrating the environment into their efforts. Many churches and faith organizations are making the environment a priority as they respond to the increasing scale of natural disasters precipitated by climate change. The stories in this chapter along the Gulf Coast include the congregation of St. John Baptist Church, which integrated energy efficiency into their rebuilt church; a group of innovative churches called Sustainable Churches for South Louisiana; a program called Desire Street Ministries, which rebuilds churches and educates youth; and the Jericho Road Housing Initiative, which is spearheading energy-efficient, affordable housing. The lessons learned point to the power of hope from faith, the importance of coordinating sustainability among denominations, the potential for partnerships with secular environmental groups, and the long-term economic gains from investing in green building.

Keywords:   churches, climate change, energy efficiency, green building, Gulf Coast, hurricane Katrina, natural disaster, New Orleans, rebuilding

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