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Ecumenical Water Network

The Ecumenical Water Network (EWN) strives to promote the preservation, responsible management and the equitable distribution of water for all, based on the understanding that water is a gift of God and a fundamental human right.
Ecumenical Water Network

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The Ecumenical Water Network is an initiative of Christian churches, organizations, and movements who have joined hands

  • to protect and realize people's access to water around the world
  • making a common Christian witness be heard in the debate on water issues
  • promoting community-based initiatives and solutions to overcome the water crisis
  • protecting water as a gift of God and advocating for water as a human right at the local, regional, and international level

The WCC's 9th Assembly in 2006 has given its support to the Ecumenical Water Network (EWN) and provided a policy framework through the statement on Water for Life. The current water crisis and the multi-dimensional challenges it poses for the future were recognized by the Assembly. Since 2007, the WCC offers a home for the EWN Secretariat and helps to facilitate co-operation and common action among the partners involved in building on the experience of successful co-operation.

Please visit the EWN website for more information: water.oikoumene.org

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Seven Weeks for Water

Seven Weeks for Water

08 February - 01 May 2016 Worldwide

The Ecumenical Water Network invites you to use this season of Lent to reflect on how we can be better stewards of God’s Creation and live out God’s love in how we relate to others. Since 2008, the EWN has been providing weekly reflections and other resources on water for the seven weeks of Lent. The theme for 2015 is “Towards Water Justice: A Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace”.

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