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As Seven Weeks for Water begins, water scarcity “no act of God”

“It is not God’s will that the earth is destroyed. We the creatures, we who are supposed to be stewards of creation, are unjustly self-destructive”, read the sermon of the Rt. Rev. Arnold C. Temple, president of the All Africa Conference of Churches, at the opening service of World Council of Churches (WCC) Lenten Campaign “Seven Weeks for Water”, on 5 March, in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Seven Weeks fo Water 2019, week 5: "Securing water for food security and climate adaptation", by Athena Peralta and Manoj Kurian

The fifth reflection of the “Seven Weeks for Water 2019” of World Council of Churches’ Ecumenical Water Network is done jointly by Dr Manoj Kurian and Ms Athena Peralta, the Coordinator of WCC-Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance and Programme Executive of WCC Economic and Ecological Justice programmes respectively. In the following reflection, they underline the nexus between water, food and climate change and how our irresponsible consumption pattern on one can influence the other sectors.  They further challenge us to review our footprints on water, climate change etc and encourage us to take actions this Lent for making our planet more sustainable.

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Seven Weeks for Water 2019, week 3: "God’s Gift of Water", by Grace Ji-Sun Kim

The third reflection of the “Seven Weeks for Water 2019” of World Council of Churches’ Ecumenical Water Network is by Grace Ji-Sun Kim, an ordained minister of PC (USA). She received her PhD from the University of Toronto and works as an Associate Professor of Theology at Earlham School of Religion. She is a prolific writer and the author or editor of 16 books including, Making Peace with the Earth. Kim is part of the World Council of Churches working group on climate change. In this reflection, she recollects her early days in Korea and how she looked at the water then and now, as an eco-feminist theologian. She further reflects on the promise of God "I will pour water on the thirsty land, and streams on the dry ground…" and contrasts it with today's consumeristic lifestyle, which is polluting our water bodies and denying millions from enjoying this life-giving gift of God – Water!

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Seven Weeks for Water 2019, week 2: "Pilgrimage of water justice in the context of India", by Metropolitan Dr. Geevarghese Mor Coorilos

The second Reflection of the “Seven Weeks for Water 2019” of World Council of Churches’ Ecumenical Water Network is by Metropolitan Dr. Geevarghese Mor Coorilos, the Bishop of Niranam diocese of the Jacobite Syrian Orthodox Church in India. He also serves the World Council of Churches as Moderator of the Commission on World Mission and Evangelism.  In this reflection, he elaborates on the story of Jesus's encounter with the Samaritan woman at the well and relates it to the Indian context of caste untouchability and discrimination.

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WCC contributes to contextual theologies course in Morocco

The World Council of Churches (WCC) Ecumenical Theological Education programme has, for the second time, contributed to ecumenical capacity development in Morocco. The WCC helped instruct a course on contextual theologies and African theologies at the Ecumenical Theological Institute Al Mowafaqa in Rabat.

“Lent to us is the Star on which we live” - The Agenda 2030: a Challenge to the Churches

The Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD) has recently made available a discussion paper affirming the significance of Agenda 2030 and placing specific demands upon those in positions of responsibility within politics, civil society and churches. EKD Texte 130 - “Lent to us is the Star on which we live” The Agenda 2030: a Challenge to the Churches

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Dès le lever du jour, les AO accompagnent les bergers bédouins dans la vallée du Jourdain

«10 minutes, c’est la règle. Si à 5h 50 l’autre AO n’est pas levé, vous pouvez faire du vacarme dans votre chambre.» Le métier de berger commence au lever du jour et les accompagnateurs et accompagnatrices du Programme œcuménique d’accompagnement en Palestine et en Israël du Conseil œcuménique des Églises jouent un rôle particulier en offrant une présence protectrice à la communauté palestinienne de Cisjordanie.

“El amor encontrará un camino”

Los dirigentes del Consejo Mundial de Iglesias (CMI) hablaron sobre el tema “Hospitalidad: en un camino de peregrinación hacia la justicia y la paz” en un simposio el 23 de agosto, en la Universidad Teológica Protestante de Ámsterdam.

#WCC70 Ámsterdam, 1948 (1): Pacto en oración

Plaza Dam, Ámsterdam, 22 de agosto, 15 horas. Una multitud apreciable está reunida fuera de la Iglesia Nueva, que, a diferencia de lo que su nombre pueda sugerir, fue construida a finales del siglo XIV y dedicada en 1409. El tiempo ha mejorado después de una mañana gris de nubes bajas y lluvia ligera.

#WCC70 Amsterdam, 1948 (1): Faire alliance dans la prière

Il est 15 h en ce 22 août à Dam Square, Amsterdam. Une foule considérable est massée devant la Nouvelle Église qui, comme son nom ne l’indique pas, fut construite au XIVe siècle et dédiée en 1409. La météo est plus clémente après une grise matinée sous les nuages bas et balayée par la bruine.

Seven Weeks for Water 2018, week 5: "Good living: the Road Map to Hope - an Ecuadorian perspective!", by Veronica Flachier

The fifth reflection of the of the "Seven Weeks for Water", of World Council of Churches’ Ecumenical Water Network, is by Veronica Flachier, a journalist and theologian from Ecuador. In the following reflection she turns a leaf from the Ecuadorian Constitution and its national plan for gender equality and poverty eradication, which  puts drinking water and sanitation at its center.  She further adds that Ecuador recognises Good Living or Sumak Kawsay as an alternative to the so-called “development” and promotes living in harmony and in balance with the cycles of Mother Earth and “mother water”.

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Call for day of prayer for South Sudan reinforces message of peace

On 23 February Pope Francis has called for a worldwide day of prayer and fasting for South Sudan and The Democratic Republic of Congo; two countries plagued by conflict, unrest and famine. The call is heeded by the World Council of Churches and all are encouraged to join in the prayer.