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The Humanitarian Disaster Institute (HDI) offers resources for disaster spiritual and emotional care, disaster ministry, and for humanitarian development. These resources are intended for lay helpers, congregations, and faith-based organizations, as well as for students and professionals in the fields of public health, mental health, and disaster management.


Aten, J. A Walking Disaster: What Surviving Katrina and Cancer Taught Me About Faith & Resilience, Templeton Press, January 2019

Aten, J., & Boan, D. Disaster Ministry Handbook, Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, January 2016 

Walker, D., Courtois, C., & Aten, J. (Editors) Spiritually Oriented Psychotherapy for Trauma, American Psychological Association, October 2014 

YouWelcomedMe_150x220Annan, Kent. You Welcomed Me: Loving Refugees and Immigrants Because God First Loved Us: Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, November 2018

Annan, Kent. Slow Kingdom Coming: Practices for Doing Justice, Loving Mercy and Walking Humbly in the World: Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, May 2016 

Annan, Kent. After Shock: Searching for Honest Faith When Your World Is Shaken, Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, February 2011

Annan, Kent. Following Jesus Through the Eye of the Needle: Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, December 2009

Journal Special Volumes

Jamie Aten guest edited the Journal of Psychology and Theology,Volume 40, Winter 2012 special issue on spirituality, religion, and trauma. He also guest edited the Journal of Psychology and Christianity, Volume 37, Spring 2018 special issue on disasters, religion, and spirituality with HDI Faculty Fellow Ward Davis.

Forthcoming special issue publications include an issue of Psychological Trauma on the psychology of religion/spirituality and disasters. 


Dr. Aten and other HDI faculty, staff, and contributing scholars regularly publish articles in popular publications including The Washington Post, Christianity Today, Psychology Today, Church Law & Tax, Relevant, and more. 

Peer-Reviewed Articles

HDI regularly publishes peer-reviewed research articles in professional journals. 


See full videos of past Disaster Ministry Conference presentations at our YouTube channel.


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