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Flint’s corrosive water sparks debate on US resource inequity

Flint’s corrosive water sparks debate on US resource inequity

The United States has the biggest economy on planet earth. It is of great concern to Rev. Dr Susan Henry-Crowe, however, that such a moniker for her country does not always mean resources are available to the population in an equitable way.

WCC responds to Gatestone Institute’s criticism of Lenten campaign on water

The WCC sent an open letter to the Gatestone Institute in response to the institute’s web articles criticizing the WCC’s “Seven Weeks for Water” campaign. The campaign focuses on critical water issues affecting the people of Palestine, particularly in the occupied territories.

Water is powerful in the web of life: humanity does not own it, says noted theologian

Water is powerful in the web of life: humanity does not own it, says noted theologian

When Fernando Enns thinks of water in a German context, he is reminded of thousands and thousands of refugees who have come to the country fleeing the conflict in Syria.

Tveit highlights unjust water resources for Palestinians

Tveit highlights unjust water resources for Palestinians

A water crisis for Palestinian people was highlighted by the general secretary of the WCC, Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, at the launch of the Seven Weeks for Water campaign in Jerusalem.

Seven Weeks for Water 2016 to focus on Holy Land

Seven Weeks for Water 2016 to focus on Holy Land

The WCC Ecumenical Water Network is inviting member churches and supporters to reflect on water during Lent. For many in the world, water is either taken for granted or in desperately short supply.

“Leave no one behind”: COP21 must tackle climate risks of the poorest and most vulnerable

“Leave no one behind”: COP21 must tackle climate risks of the poorest and most vulnerable

Climate-induced loss and damage is one of the key points being raised by faith groups during COP21. A discussion panel and a demonstration held at COP21 in early December brought to light many facets of this issue.

World Toilet Day is all about dignity and life!

World Toilet Day is all about dignity and life!

"It is high time we break the silence", writes EWN coordinator Dinesh Suna in a new post on the ‪Pilgrimage blog of the World Council of Churches, ahead of World Toilet Day.

WCC dedicates prayer service to Sustainable Development Goals

WCC dedicates prayer service to Sustainable Development Goals

A special service organized by the WCC at the Ecumenical Centre chapel in Geneva, Switzerland, dedicated prayers to the United Nations post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals, meant to eliminate extreme poverty, fight inequality and injustice and tackle climate change and water scarcity by 2030.

WCC engages UN debate on right to water

WCC engages UN debate on right to water

Affordability of water and sanitation as a human right were deliberated at a side-event during the 30th Session of the Human Rights Council at the United Nations Office in Geneva, Switzerland.

Faith communities have potential to do more in addressing water issues

Faith communities have potential to do more in addressing water issues

The World Water Week is a “stepping stone” in accomplishing Sustainable Development Goals related to water and sanitation – and the faith communities must be actively engaged in achieving this vision, according to Dinesh Suna, coordinator of the Ecumenical Water Network of the WCC. Suna shared these reflections following his participation at the 2015 World Water Week Stockholm held in Sweden.

Churches to pray for care of creation

Churches to pray for care of creation

Joined in prayer, Christian churches around the world will again observe the ecumenical “Time for Creation” (1 September to 4 October), this year bolstered by Pope Francis’s recent proclamation of 1 September as the “World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation.”

Ecumenical Water Network urges elimination of bottled water

Ecumenical Water Network urges elimination of bottled water

The International Reference Group of the Ecumenical Water Network of the WCC, at the conclusion of its recent meeting in Geneva, urged churches and ecumenical organizations in Europe and North America to consider eliminating the use of bottled water due to its adverse impact on the environment and because it is an impediment to realizing the human right to water.

Humanity needs to tend the garden of creation, says WCC leader

Humanity cannot ignore its responsibility for creation, the WCC general secretary, the Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, has stated in Stuttgart during the German Protestant Kirchentag.

In Sri Lanka’s second city, industry hits water quality, says Anglican teacher

In Sri Lanka’s second city, industry hits water quality, says Anglican teacher

"Our water cannot be used for drinking without being treated, and many people suffer from kidney problems due to consumption of polluted water,” says Sri Lankan teacher Marasinghage Ruwan Jayaratne.

At 7th World Water Forum, civil society organizations “co-opted” into the fold

At 7th World Water Forum, civil society organizations “co-opted” into the fold

“The increased interest of corporate organizations in the World Water Forum has a tendency to discourage civil society’s participation in addressing the water crisis,” said Dinesh Suna, coordinator of the Ecumenical Water Network of the WCC upon his return from the 7th World Water Forum, which concluded on 17 April in Daegu and Gyeongbuk, Republic of Korea.

Water, science, economics and spirituality

Water, science, economics and spirituality

“There is a loss of water citizenship,” says Evelyne Lyons, an engineer, who teaches water policies and water conflict management at the Catholic University in Paris as well as at other engineering schools.

WCC Annual Review 2014

WCC Annual Review 2014

The 2014 Annual Review of the World Council of Churches, now published and posted online, reports on the 2014 activities and projects of the council.

Paradox of water shortages along with contaminated water for some

Paradox of water shortages along with contaminated water for some

“The scars of the Tsunami are yet to be healed,” rues Dr George Zachariah, who teaches Christian Ethics at United Theological College in Bangalore, South India...

Korean theology student excited to learn of new environmental approaches

Korean theology student excited to learn of new environmental approaches

Ms Hyun Ju Lee, from the Yelin Presbyterian Church, Republic of Korea, does not believe she is a “hard-working” student, but says she loves learning by interacting with other students...

On the Way to Wagouma

On the Way to Wagouma

Prof. Susan Smith, a member of the United Church of Christ congregation in Salem, shares her account of a recent trip to Wagouma, Haiti. Inspired by the Easter story...