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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.”

In India resources such as water are being sold off, says lawyer

In India resources such as water are being sold off, says lawyer

Rajendra K. Sail is an advocate in the legal profession, and he does not mince his words. “We are living in an era of liberalization, privatization and globalization,” he ruefully observes.

Water and mines in Southern Africa’s Zambezi Basin

Water and mines in Southern Africa’s Zambezi Basin

Rev. Kuzipa Nalwamba says that in her home country Zambia one of the biggest problems around water centres on environmental degradation coming from the mines.

Water network develops a theological framework for water justice

Water network develops a theological framework for water justice

What is our call to respond to the global water crisis? In what way is our response different from other actors? To respond to these questions within a theological framework of water justice, the Ecumenical Water Network convened theologians from around the world at the Ecumenical Institute.

World Toilet Day observed at Geneva Ecumenical Centre

World Toilet Day observed at Geneva Ecumenical Centre

19 November is the United Nations World Toilet Day. This international day of action aims to break the taboo around toilets and draw attention to the global sanitation challenge. On 17 November the EWN observed this day through a prayer service.

EWN comments on CFS Study on Water and Food Security

EWN comments on CFS Study on Water and Food Security

In October 2013, the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) requested the High Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition (HLPE) to prepare a report on “Water and Food Security”. Final findings of the study will feed into the CFS 42nd session in October 2015.

A community of young Christians, Muslims and Jews works for climate justice

A community of young Christians, Muslims and Jews works for climate justice

Amidst the reality of tensions often fueled by religions, a group of Christian, Muslim and Jewish youth has formed a multi-faith community. As part of an interfaith summer course sponsored by the WCC, this community wants to work for the protection of creation – a concern they say is common to all faith traditions.

Visit to Dkaika, an unincorporated Bedouin village in the West Bank

Visit to Dkaika, an unincorporated Bedouin village in the West Bank

The women from Bedouin communities of the Judean desert, south of Hebron, close to the Dead Sea, had to walk six hours a day to fetch water from the cisterns nearby. Thanks to the efforts of ECHO and its partners, today they have water supply at their place. Susan Smith of EWN shares her experience of visiting a Bedouin village and interacting with the communities on water issues.

Exposure to the water situation in Gaza

Exposure to the water situation in Gaza

During the meeting of the International Reference Group (IRG) of the Ecumenical Water Network of the World Council of Churches in Jerusalem in early June 2014, the IRG members embarked on a fact-finding mission to Gaza to assess the situation of water and sanitation there. What they witnessed and experienced in Gaza is reported here by some of the IRG members.

Israeli attacks have worsened water systems in Gaza

Israeli attacks have worsened water systems in Gaza

The recent air strikes by Israel on the Gaza Strip have crippled the water distribution system. Dinesh Suna, coordinator of the Ecumenical Water Network of the WCC, shares that an already challenging water situation in Gaza has recently worsened because of the violence, threatening the fundamental human right to water and sanitation.