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Strangers and Friends at the Welcome TableContemporary Christianities in the American South$
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James Hudnut-Beumler

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781469640372

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469640372.001.0001

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Our Church Is Cleaning Up after Katrina

Our Church Is Cleaning Up after Katrina

(p.107) 5 Our Church Is Cleaning Up after Katrina
Strangers and Friends at the Welcome Table

James Hudnut-Beumler

University of North Carolina Press

Hurricane Katrina inundated southern Louisiana and Gulf Coast Mississippi with devastating storm surges and flooding, resulting in death, displacement, and untold destruction. Survivors felt let down by the federal government’s ineptitude at emergency management and by their insurance companies. The only counterpoint to the pervasive experience of abandonment was the unending efforts made by people of faith and other voluntary groups. As helpful as outside volunteers proved, the disaster also led to new imaginative efforts at community building and overcoming poverty, distrust, corruption, and racial injustice in which religious leaders from inside the community took leading roles.

Keywords:   Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans, Gulf Coast, FEMA, Religious leaders, Incarceration, Racial justice

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