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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...

EWN participates in the 7th World Water Forum

EWN participates in the 7th World Water Forum

On 12 – 17 April, the WCC’s Ecumenical Water Network (EWN) will participate in the 7th World Water Forum in Daegu and Gyeongbuk, Republic of Korea. It is represented by its coordinator, Dinesh Suna.

Where life hinges on water

Where life hinges on water

“Everything that we do hinges on water. Everything meaningful in life is connected to water. Water describes life in all its aspects in my area”, says Rev. Moses Chilembo, Church of Central Africa Presbyterian.

Water is "not innocent anymore"

Water is "not innocent anymore"

"I have a feeling water will be the gravest issue of conflict in the 21st century", says Dr Chung Hyun Kyung, professor of interfaith engagement.

US-based law professor seeks Spirit-led actions of solidarity for water justice

US-based law professor seeks Spirit-led actions of solidarity for water justice

“The essence of being Christian is walking with or accompanying others, especially the poor, the vulnerable, and the marginalized", says Prof. Susan Lea Smith, United Church of Christ.

German founding member of EWN marks World Water Day with report on water stress

German founding member of EWN marks World Water Day with report on water stress

To mark World Water Day on 22 March, Protestant German aid agency Brot für die Welt (Bread for the World) has released a new report highlighting the accentuated water stress around the world.

World Water Day: Churches reflect on the significance of water

World Water Day: Churches reflect on the significance of water

Ahead of World Water Day on 22 March, a number of Christian organizations are reflecting on the significance of water – a scarce resource threatened and denied to millions around the world.

Journalist sees hope in "nature" clause of Ecuador constitution

Journalist sees hope in "nature" clause of Ecuador constitution

“The lack of access to safe water or drinking water is the product of years of bad distribution and the bad politics of water distribution,” says Verónica Flachier, member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Ecuador.

No scarcity of water in Brazil, but plenty of issues

No scarcity of water in Brazil, but plenty of issues

“Overcoming social disparities requires cooperation on water without the voracity of privatization capital that endangers millions of lives.” says Rev. Prof. Dr Elias Wolff, Roman Catholic priest and professor from Brazil.

Water as a universal right seen from a holistic view

Water as a universal right seen from a holistic view

Rommel Linatoc celebrates water in poetic words: “Water is a gift from God, a source of life. The amount of water in and on the earth is a symbol of abundance. Water is life and it is a basic human right. When water is denied, life is petrified.”