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Seven Weeks for Water 2015

Since the World Council of Churches’ 10th Assembly in 2013, the council has embarked on a “Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace”, leading the EWN to delve deeper into its theological inspiration and motivation to engage in issues related to water justice. Therefore, in line with the previous year, the theme for the Seven Weeks for Water 2015 is “Towards Water Justice: A Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace”.
Seven Weeks for Water 2015

Myanmar, 2009 © ACT/DKH/CWS

According to the Christian tradition, Lent is a time to prepare for the celebration of the death and resurrection of Christ. During this period many people engage in fasting and practise moderation or self-denial in order to focus on repentance and consecrating oneself to God. While water has a strong spiritual significance in the Christian tradition as a gift of God,  this scarce resource is threatened and denied to millions around the world.

The EWN invites you to use this season of Lent to reflect on water. Since 2008, the EWN has been providing weekly theological reflections and other resources on water for the seven weeks of Lent and for World Water Day on 22 March.

Since the World Council of Churches’ 10th Assembly in 2013, the council has embarked on a “Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace”, leading the EWN to delve deeper into its theological inspiration and motivation to engage in issues related to water justice. Therefore, in line with the previous year, the theme for the Seven Weeks for Water 2015 is “Towards Water Justice: A Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace”.

The following Lenten reflections will be published here week by week, from 16 February:

Week 1: Engendering water: an eco-feminist reading from Southern Africa - By Rev. Kuzipa Nalwamba, Zambia

Week 2: Carrying our cross for water justice: stories from the subaltern communities - Indian context
By Adv. Rajendra Sail, India

Week 3: Pilgrimage of water justice: a liturgical celebration - By Dr Rommel Linatoc, Philippines

Week 4: Water, image of the God of life By Prof. Elias Wolff, Brazil

Week 5: Prophetic voices coming from the PachamamaBy Veronica Flachier, Ecuador

Week 6: Bringing Paradise closer to EarthBy Prof. Susan L. Smith, USA

 

More readings: Order of Service World Water Day 2015 and Reflections on Morning Prayers 23 March 2015.

You can also download and make free use of EWN resources found under Documents on water and sanitation.