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Seven Weeks for Water 2019

The World Council of Churches Ecumenical Water Network (WCC-EWN) invites you to use the season of Lent to reflect on water. Since 2008, the WCC-EWN through its campaign “Seven Weeks for Water” - 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 (which always falls during the Lenten period).
Seven Weeks for Water 2019

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The World Council of Churches Ecumenical Water Network (WCC-EWN) invites you to use the season of Lent to reflect on water. Since 2008, the WCC-EWN through its campaign “Seven Weeks for Water” - 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 (which always falls during the Lenten period).

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 practice 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 billions around the world.

The WCC’s Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace will have a regional focus on Asia in 2019. Accordingly, the Seven Weeks for Water this year will take us on a pilgrimage of water justice in Asia.

During Lent 2019, various activities around the Seven Weeks for Water will take place in Asia and the campaign will be launched at the headquarters of the CCA (Christian Conference of Asia) in the presence of the Reference Group members of the WCC Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace in Chiang Mai, Thailand on 6 March 2019 on the Ash Wednesday (according to the Western traditions of Christianity).

Biblical-theological reflections and resources on the water crisis in the Asian region will be prepared and published on the WCC-EWN websites encouraging our member churches around the world to use these resources during the Lenten period.  Interviews of water activist, including the authors of Lenten reflections will be published on our website.

Please see below the topics and authors of the reflections and the dates when they will be published:

 

Reflection sequence

 

Dates of Distribution

 

Thematic focus

 

Authors

1st

6 March 2019

 

Challenging “gendered water”: an important step towards women’s empowerment

Ms Renemla Ozukum, An eco-feminist activist from Baptist churches in Nagaland, India.

2nd

11 March 2019

 

Pilgrimage of water justice in the context of India

Bishop Dr Geevarghese Mor Coorilos, from India, Moderator of WCC Commission for World Mission and Evangelism.

3rd

18 March 2019

 

God's Gift of Water

 

Dr Grace Ji-Sun Kim is a Korean-American theologian and a professor.

4th 25 March 2019 Stigma and discrimination: an impediment to human right to water, with specific reference to Casteism in India Rev. Dr Raj Bharath Patta is an Indian Dalit activist and currently living and serving the Methodist church in the United Kingdom.
5th 01 April 2019 Securing water for food security and climate adaptation

Dr Manoj Kurian from Malaysia is the  Coordinator of the WCC-Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance.

Ms Athena Peralta from the Philippines is the Programme Executive for the WCC Economic and Ecological Justice programmes

6th

8 April 2019

Leaving no one behind: the crux of water for all in the context of SDG 6

 

Mr Dinesh Suna is the Coordinator of the WCC-Ecumenical Water Network

7th 15 April 2019 Privatisation of water: an onslaught to human right to water in Asia Mr Ismael Fisco Jr., a young adult from the United Methodist Church in the Philippines, and former Chairperson of the ecumenical youth movement Kalipunan ng Kristiyanong Kabataan sa Pilipinas (KKKP).