Japanese new religions’ role in disaster response

Increase font size
Decrease font size
Japanese new religions’ role in disaster response

Dr. Barbara Ambros, associate professor of Religious Studies, contributed an opinion piece to CNN’s Belief Blog on the responses of Japanese new religions to the recent crises.

“Since this month’s earthquake and tsunami struck Japan, other types of organized aid networks have…largely been neglected by the news media, including the Japanese news: those managed by religious organizations,” Ambros said.  “Since the March 11 earthquake and the resulting tsunami, many new religions have mounted extensive aid campaigns.”

Ambros further noted that “a characteristic feature of Japan’s new religions is having well-organized lay organizations and networks, making them effective channels for providing aid.”

Read more here.

Posted in Faculty News on March 22, 2011. Bookmark the permalink.