Increasingly, our communities are beset by disasters - Social Injustice, Earthquakes, Wildfires, Terrorist Shooting - large or small, of natural or human origin, these events exacerbate the fissures and brokenness that we as church are called to mend.

While all people are in danger when disaster strikes, vulnerable populations and people living on the margins are particularly at risk during a disaster and in the recovery. The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) has a long history of supporting response and recovery efforts.

Recently, Disciples have come to excel at resourcing communities for long-term recovery following large-scale events. Early response, however, is different: the best early response to both large and small disasters is organized, connected, prepared, and local. In order to respond with our communities when tragedy strikes, in partnership with Week of Compassion and Disciples Volunteering, the Pacific Southwest Region is launching a Disaster Ministry Network.

Working together we will build relationships that enable faithful action that offers hope, healing, and a helping hand. 

Share this opportunity with your Church family and friends. For more information contact Rev. Dr. Norman Williams, or see

Training Opportunity

MGT 405: Mobilizing Faith-Based Community Organizations
December 15, 2016 at 8 am in Riverside
0.8 CEUs offered

This 8-hour, planning and management-level course trains faith-based community organization (FBCO) representatives.

The purpose of this training is to train FBCOs and management-level emergency managers, and first responders from small and rural communities to strategically mobilize and engage members of FBCOs in a reciprocal approach to disaster planning that is integrated into current local and statewide emergency management efforts.

FBCOs include religious charities, nonprofits such as the Salvation Army, churches (both affiliated and unaffiliated), temples, synagogues, and mosques.  Also included in this training will be the American Red Cross and other non-government organizations.

For more information contact Rev. Dr. Norman L. Williams at