Seven Weeks for Water
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 millions around the world.
The Ecumenical Water Network invites you to use this season of Lent (10 February to 27 March 2016 according to the Western traditions of Christianity, and 14 March to 1 May 2016 for Orthodox Christians) to reflect on water.
Since 2008, the EWN has been providing weekly reflections and other resources on water for the seven weeks of Lent and for World Water Day on 22 March.
The WCC’s Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace will have a regional focus on the Middle East in 2016. Accordingly, the Seven Weeks for Water in 2016 will take us on a pilgrimage of water justice in the Middle East, with specific reference to Palestine. The Biblico-theological reflections and resources for the seven weeks will be based on the water crisis in Middle East region and take into consideration issues of justice and peace.
During Lent 2016, various activities around the Seven Weeks for Water will take place in the Middle East, particularly in Palestine, starting with a launch in Jerusalem on 10 February 2016 (Ash Wednesday according to the Western traditions of Christianity), 5-6pm, at the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer.