Seven Weeks for Water 2015
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: Red, green and blue: re-imagining liberation theology in the context of eco-justice issues in Latin America with special reference to water justice – By Prof. Elias Wolff, Brazil
Week 5: Indigenous communities and their struggles for water justice – prophetic voices coming from the Pachamama – By Veronica Flachier, Ecuador
Week 6: Theological meaning of water from a Salimist (Korean eco-feminist) view – By Prof. Chung Hyun Kyung, Korea/USA
Week 7: Water justice: an ethical praxis – By Prof. Susan L. Smith, USA
You can also download and make free use of the worship resources, that will be added below.