Thursday, March 03, 2011

My Lenten Reflection will focus on water and just peace


River transport in a quilombo, Brazil. © Carlos Penteado/Comissão Pró-Indio
When I was growing up in Geelong in the late 50s and 60s we lived close to two popular suburban beaches: Rippleside and Saint Helen's. We played "under the hose" and had long showers. Water was one of life's gifts we took for granted. 


A lifetime of travel has made me more aware of the fragile gift of water. I have seen the destruction of the OK Tedi River system in PNG. I have lived in Queensland with the experience of drought and most recently the impact of flooding.


It seems appropriate this year to use the  Lenten reflections provided by the Ecumenical Water Network (EWN) on "Water Conflict and Just Peace" .
"The theme has been chosen because of its relevance to communities and churches around the world" says EWN coordinator Maike Gorsboth. “At the same time, the Seven Weeks are a chance for groups and individuals to prepare themselves for the call to just peace that will emanate from the International Ecumenical Peace Convocation that will be taking place in Kingston, Jamaica in May.”
Worship materials for World Water Day on 22 March and for Maundy Thursday are alreadyavailable on the EWN website.
The importance of access to water was recently affirmed by the Central Committee of the World Council of Churches (WCC). The WCC governing body issued a statement during its meeting in February calling for the implementation of the right to safe and clean drinking water and sanitation as a human right.
Sign-up for e-mail updates on the Seven Weeks for Water:
More information on the Ecumenical Water Network:
http://water.oikoumene.org
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