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Siete Semanas por el Agua 2024, semana 3: “Celebrar la vida de Jesús en el agua a través del prisma de la justicia”

La tercera reflexión de la serie, Siete Semanas para el Agua 2024, de la Red Ecuménica del Agua del Consejo Mundial de Iglesias (CMI), está escrita por el Rvdmo Dr. Augustinos Bairactaris. En esta reflexión, subraya que la justicia hídrica es una tarea teológica para todas las personas, y que la salud del agua es vital para la civilización humana y para la estabilidad del clima y la biodiversidad mundial. Insta a toda la cristiandad a orar, ayunar y actuar conjuntamente por un medio ambiente y un planeta sostenibles, especialmente durante la Cuaresma.

Seven Weeks for Water 2024, week 3: "Celebrating Jesus’ life in water through the lens of justice”

The third reflection of the Seven Weeks for Water 2024 series of the WCC Ecumenical Water Network is written by Very Rev. Dr Augustinos Bairactaris. In this reflection, he underscores that the water justice issue is a theological task for all, and that the health of the water is vital to human civilization, and for the stability of the worlds climate and biodiversity. He urges all Christians to pray, fast, and act together for a sustainable environment and planet, especially during Lent.

Siete Semanas por el Agua 2024, semana 2: ¿Cómo podemos beber de nuestras propias cisternas?

La segunda reflexión de la serie, Siete Semanas para el Agua 2024, de la Red Ecuménica del Agua del Consejo Mundial de Iglesias (CMI), está escrita por el Rev. Vinod Victor, de la Iglesia Anglicana de Friburgo (Alemania). En esta reflexión, compara la situación hídrica en la Palestina primitiva con la de hoy día a raíz de la actual guerra en Gaza. También se pregunta cómo puede la gente beber de sus propias cisternas cuando éstas las controlan forasteros.

Seven Weeks for Water 2024, week 2: How can we drink from our own cisterns?

The second reflection of the Seven Weeks for Water 2024 series of the WCC Ecumenical Water Network is written by Rev. Vinod Victor, Anglican Church of Freiburg in Germany. In this reflection, he compares the water situation of early Palestine to that of today in the wake of the ongoing war in Gaza. He also asks how people can drink from their own cisterns when they are controlled by outsiders. 

Seven Weeks for Water 2024, week 1: Water for peace in the Middle East region

The first reflection of the Seven Weeks for Water 2024 series of the WCC Ecumenical Water Network is written by Dr Munib Younan,* bishop emeritus of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land and former president of the Lutheran World Federation. In this reflection, the author, as a Palestinian, in line with this year's theme of "leveraging water for peace,” reflects on Isaiah's promise of free water for the thirsty in the context of the ongoing Israeli war in Gaza that has worsened the water situation in Gaza to catastrophic levels.

Siete Semanas por el Agua 2024, semana 1: Agua para la paz en la región de Oriente Medio

La primera reflexión de la serie Siete Semanas para el Agua 2024 de la Red Ecuménica del Agua del Consejo Mundial de Iglesias (CMI) está escrita por el Dr. Munib Younan*, obispo emérito de la Iglesia Evangélica Luterana en Jordania y Tierra Santa y expresidente de la Federación Luterana Mundial. En esta reflexión, el autor, como palestino, en consonancia con el tema de este año de “Aprovechar el agua para la paz”, reflexiona sobre la promesa de Isaías de agua gratuita para los sedientos en el contexto de la actual guerra israelí en Gaza que ha empeorado la situación hídrica en Gaza hasta llegar a niveles catastróficos.

Ecumenical accompanier: “many Palestinians simply want to live a peaceful life”

Siad Ní Bhroin, from the EAPPI UK and Ireland team, served as an ecumenical accompanier in Bethlehem from 31 August to 7 October. The World Council of Churches Ecumenical Accompaniment Program in Palestine and Israel, based on an appeal from local church leaders to create an international presence in the country, accompanies the local people and communities, offering a protective presence and witnessing daily struggles and hopes. Below, a reflection on what she witnessed while in the field.

“They want to live without fear and constant harassment”

ire Ní Mheibhric, from Galway, Ireland, served as an ecumenical accompanier in the village of Tubas, in the West Bank, from 31 August to 7 October. She also previously served as an ecumenical accompanier in 2019 in Hebron. The World Council of Churches (WCC) Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel, based on an appeal from local church leaders to create an international presence in the country, accompanies the local people and communities, offering protective presence and witnessing their daily struggles and hopes. Below, Ní Mheibhric reflects on what she witnessed while in the field.

Looking for light at the end of the tunnel

My experience with Israel’s Interior Ministry began more than 25 years ago, whereby I have been seeking an ID card for my wife who hails from the West Bank. I am a Palestinian from East Jerusalem and I have an Israeli ID card—which gives me the status of a foreign resident in the city of my ancestors and where I was born.