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Thursdays in Black Bible Series- Profound Poverty and Structural Inequity Examined through Ruth (Ruth 1:1–22)

Dr. CL Nash is ordained in the American Baptist Church and has a PhD in historical theology. She has published in various theological blogs including with the Centre for Religion and Public Life, and the University of Leeds; in journals including the Journal of Theology for Southern Africa; and magazine articles with Mutuality Magazine. In addition to several articles and chapters being released throughout 2021, her first book is scheduled for release in 2022 with SCM Press. Visit her website here

Thursdays in Black Bible Series: My Destiny (Luke 2:36-38)

Rev. Dr Winelle Kirton Roberts is a native of Barbados. An ordained minister in the Moravian Church, Eastern West Indies Province, Kirton Roberts served in pastoral and administrative positions with her church from 1993 to 2019. At present, she is the pastor of the Geneva Moravian Fellowship in Switzerland. She is married to the Rev. Dr Mikie Roberts, and they have three daughters.  

Thursdays in Black Bible study series-Looking and Seeing (Luke 13:10–17)

Sister Imelda Poole, MBE, a native of Great Britain, is a sister of the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary (IBVM). After many years in the field of education and grassroots mission in the United Kingdom, her ministry moved to Albania where the Roman Catholic archbishop of Tiranë-Durrës invited the IBVM to work in the mission against human trafficking. This led to her co-founding Mary Ward Loreto, an NGO that addresses the root causes of trafficking, including poverty, and is involved in the rescue and rehabilitation of survivors of trafficking. 
Sr Imelda Poole currently serves as president of Religious in Europe Networking Against Trafficking and Exploitation (RENATE). RENATE has grown from a handful of religious sisters into a leading NGO combatting human trafficking in 31 European countries. It regularly convenes in different European nations to support work across borders in partnership with the many members of RENATE. Presently, Imelda Poole is co-founding the NGOs Mary Ward Loreto UK and Anti Modern Slavery Alliance.
 

Thursdays in Black Bible study series- Difficult Paths (Matthew 16:21–23)

The Rev. Dr Anders Göranzon is the general secretary of the Swedish Bible Society. He has been an ordained priest in the Church of Sweden since 1987 and has served in different capacities as a parish priest and as a teacher of homiletics at the Church of Sweden Institute for Pastoral Education. He also worked for seven and a half years in South Africa. He holds a PhD in Ecclesiology from the University of the Free State in South Africa and has been an honorary lecturer at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa.
 

Thursdays in Black Bible study series - Gender, Economics, and Structural Injustice (Ruth 16–13)

Amanda Khozi Mukwashi is the chief executive officer of Christian Aid, a global movement of people, churches, and local organizations working to end poverty. Her career spans intergovernmental and non-governmental spaces, including the UN, VSO (Voluntary Service Overseas) International, and the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa. She is the author of But Where Are You Really From? published by SPCK Publishing in 2020.

Siete Semanas para el agua 2020: “Un universo renacido en el contexto de Standing Rock”

El autor de la sexta reflexión de las Siete Semanas para el Agua 2021 de la Red Ecuménica del Agua del CMI es el arzobispo Mark MacDonald.* En la siguiente reflexión, reconoce que Jesús y su ministerio están estrechamente relacionados con el agua. A continuación, pasa a recordar su propia presencia en las protestas de Standing Rock en 2016 junto a otros clérigos e indígenas protectores del agua. En aquellos momentos, también sintió que Jesús estaba presente junto a ellos en Standing Rock para proteger sus aguas.

Seven Weeks for Water 2021, week 6: "A universe reborn: in the context of Standing Rock", by Archbishop Mark MacDonald

The 6th reflection of the Seven Weeks for Water 2021 of the WCC’s Ecumenical Water Network is written by Archbishop Mark MacDonald.*  In the following reflection, he recognises that Jesus and his ministry are closely associated with water. Then he goes on to recall his presence at the Standing Rock protests in 2016 along with other clergy and indigenous water protectors.  He felt, at that time, that Jesus was also present beside them at the Standing Rock to protect its waters.

Siete semanas para el agua 2021 – Semana 5: “El agua en Wall Street: el máximo abuso del don de Dios”. Autores: Susan Smith y Dinesh Suna

Los autores de la quinta reflexión de las Siete Semanas para el Agua 2021 de la Red Ecuménica del Agua (REDA) del CMI son Susan Smith y Dinesh Suna.* En la siguiente reflexión, condenan la reciente cotización del agua en Wall Street como mercancía comercializable. Refiriéndose a la promesa bíblica de que Dios saciará la sed de los pobres y necesitados y de que el agua debe ponerse a disposición de todos aunque no tengan dinero, proclaman el verdadero valor del agua como un don de Dios, un derecho humano, un milagro espiritual y la fuente de toda vida.

Seven Weeks for Water 2021, week 5: "Water on Wall Street: the ultimate abuse of God’s gift", by Susan Smith and Dinesh Suna

The 5th reflection of the Seven Weeks for Water 2021 of the WCC’s Ecumenical Water Network (EWN) is written by Susan Smith and Dinesh Suna.*  In the following reflection, they condemn the recent listing of water on Wall Street as a tradable commodity.  Referring to the biblical assurance that God will quench the thirst of the poor and needy and that water should be made available to all even if they have no money, they proclaim the true value of water as a gift from God, a human right, a spiritual wonder and the source of all life. 

Agua y género: la lucha de las mujeres para conseguir agua potable segura para sus comunidades

La cuarta reflexión de las Siete Semanas para el Agua 2021 de la Red Ecuménica del Agua del CMI, es de Krystina White.* A continuación, White describe sus experiencias sobre la situación vivida en Flint, Michigan (E.E. U.U.) donde la población negra y latinoamericana se ha visto privada del derecho al agua potable, debido a la contaminación por plomo del suministro doméstico. Asimismo, describe la extraordinaria labor que han llevado adelante tres mujeres corrientes, a pesar de estar directamente afectadas por el problema; al igual que lo hizo Débora, la profetisa de la Biblia. White y sus amigas han denunciado la contaminación por plomo de las aguas de Flint a través de la iniciativa Black Millennials 4 Flint y ofrecen soluciones duraderas a las comunidades afectadas por la crisis.

Seven Weeks for Water 2021, week 4: "Gendered water: women fight for safe drinking water in their communities", by Krystina White

The 4th reflection of the Seven Weeks for Water 2021 of the WCC Ecumenical Water Network is written by Krystina White.* In the following reflection, she narrates her experience of how people of colour are denied their right to clean water because of lead poisoning of tap water in Flint, Michigan (USA). She further demonstrates how ordinary women, though at the receiving end, can do extraordinary work, just like Deborah, the prophetess in the Bible.  White and her friends challenged the lead contamination of Flint’s waters through the Black Millennials 4 Flint and offered lasting solutions to communities facing the crisis.

 

Seven Weeks for Water 2021, week 3: "Water for creation: protecting water for the sacred C’iyaal, C’waam and Koptu", by Jesse Cruz Richards

The 3rd reflection of the Seven Weeks for Water 2021 of the World Council of Churches (WCC) Ecumenical Water Network is written by Jesse Cruz Richards.*  The following reflection draws inspiration from the restoration of the Israelites from Babylonian exile as promised by Ezekiel, and from hopes and prayers for the restoration of the Klamath Tribes and other indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest to their rivers, waters and fishes, namely the C’iyaal, C’waam and Koptu. 

El agua para la creación: proteger el agua sagrada para los C'iyaal, los C'waam y los Koptu

El autor de la tercera reflexión de la campaña Siete semanas para el agua 2021 de la Red Ecuménica del Agua del Consejo Mundial de Iglesias (CMI) es Jesse Cruz Richards.* La siguiente reflexión se inspira en la restauración de Israel del exilio de Babilonia prometida por Ezequiel, y en las esperanzas y oraciones por la restauración de sus ríos, aguas y peces, como los C'iyaal, los C'waam y los Koptu, a las tribus del Klamath y otros pueblos indígenas del Pacífico Noroeste de Estados Unido.

El agua para la vida no está garantizada para los pueblos indígenas de la Nación Navajo

La autora de la segunda reflexión de las Siete semanas para el agua 2021 de la Red Ecuménica del Agua del CMI es Annika Harley.* En la siguiente reflexión, destaca los desafíos de la minería y la fracturación hidráulica en la Nación Navajo basándose en su conversación con Bitahnii Wayne Wilson, quien no solo desafía estas prácticas insostenibles, sino que también ofrece soluciones a pequeña escala a las comunidades indígenas en tiempos de COVID-19.

Seven Weeks for Water 2021, week 2: "Water for life: not guaranteed for the indigenous people of the Navajo Nation", by Annika Harley

The 2nd reflection of the Seven Weeks for Water 2021 of the WCC Ecumenical Water Network is written by Annika Harley.*  In the following reflection, Harley highlights the challenges of mining and fracking in the Navajo Nation based on her conversation with Bitahnii Wayne Wilson, who not only challenges these unsustainable practices, but also provides small-scale solutions to indigenous communities in the time of COVID-19.

Seven Weeks for Water 2021, week 1: "The rainbow color of the pilgrimage of water justice in North America", by Michele Roberts

The 1st reflection of the Seven Weeks for Water 2021 of the WCC Ecumenical Water Network is written by Michele Roberts*, from the Environmental Justice Health Alliance. In this reflection, the author, based on several instances of large scale water contamination in many cities in the USA, comes to a conclusion that lack of access to clean water in USA is a result of systemic racism.