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Seven Weeks for Water 2020

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 2020

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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 the Pacific Region in 2020. Accordingly, the Seven Weeks for Water this year  will take us on a pilgrimage of water justice in the Pacific region.

During Lent 2020 various activities around the Seven Weeks for Water will take place in the Pacific Region and the campaign was pre-launched at the headquarters of the Pacific Council of Churches (PCC) in the presence of the Reference Group members of the WCC Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace on 21 January 2020.

Biblical-theological reflections and resources on the water crisis in the Pacific region were prepared and will be published on the WCC-EWN website encouraging our member churches around the world to use these resources during the Lenten period.

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

26 February 2020

 

Solwara: Saltiness and the Liquid Continent – An introduction to the Seven Weeks of Water from the perspective of Oceania (The Pacific)

Rev. James Bhagwan, General Secretary, Pacific Conference of Churches

2nd

2 March 2020

 

What moves above the Waters: Fresh water challenges of the Pacific

Rev. Nikotemo Sopepa, Mission Secretary, CWM, Pacific region

3rd

9 March 2020

 

Feminization of water poverty:  women’s perspective on water justice

Ms. Adi Mariana Waqa, Child Protection Coordinator, Pacific Conference of Churches

4th 16 March 2020

Water: a gift of God, a public good and a human right. Should we privatize it?

Rev. Dr. Donald Bruce Yeates, a minister of Saint Andrews Presbyterian Church of Suva, Fiji
5th 23 March 2020

Water and Climate Change

Mr. Dinesh Suna, Coordinator of the WCC-Ecumenical Water Network

6th

30 March 2020

 

Water, food and trade: Impact on the Pacific Islands

Dr Manoj Kurian, Coordinator of the WCC-Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance

Ms. Athena Peralta, Programme Executive for the WCC Economic and Ecological Justice programmes

7th

6 April 2020

Thirsty for justice

Ms. Frances Namoumou & Mr. Netani Rika, Pacific Conference of Churches