Ecumenical Water Network

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

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The Ecumenical Water Network

The Ecumenical Water Network, based in Geneva, is an initiative of the World Council of Churches. It is comprised of churches and church-related organizations that promote the preservation, responsible management and equitable distribution of water for all, based on the understanding that water is a gift from God, a common good and a fundamental human right.

We believe water is to be preserved and shared for the benefit of all human beings and the wider creation. That’s why we speak out and act when life-giving water is pervasively and systematically under threat.

We promote the preservation, responsible management and equitable distribution of water for all.

The Ecumenical Water Network facilitates an exchange of information and provides materials for churches, organizations and individuals about the global water crisis and solutions; and promotes and coordinates international advocacy for the human right to water and sanitation. 

WCC-EWN is  a leading faith actor contributing towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goal 6: “Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.”

The Ecumenical Water Network does not provide project funding or grants, but we are happy to explore how we can work together to address the water crisis.

Important EWN documents
Blue Community

WCC Blue Community implements water changes in the Ecumenical Centre

The WCC celebrated implementation of its responsible water commitments in an event on 15 February in the Ecumenical Centre. The WCC became a Blue Community In October 2016. The special occasion was marked by the visit of Dr Maude Barlow from the Blue Planet Project, Canada, who awarded a “blue community certificate” to the WCC and raised awareness of the problems created by indiscriminate use of disposable plastic bottles and their negative impact on our planet’s ecosystem.

Joining Blue Communities, WCC turns from bottles to taps

WCC is casting out its bottled water and has joined the Blue Communities Project. Maude Barlow, co-founder of the Blue Planet Project, on 25 October awarded the WCC a “blue community certificate” and launched tap-based public water fountains at the Ecumenical Centre in Geneva.

World Council of Churches joins Blue Communities Project

The World Council of Churches (WCC) Ecumenical Water Network is committed to the human right to water and can no longer ignore the disastrous impact of bottled water on the environment and the well-being of so many women, men and children worldwide.

The Ecumenical Water Network invites you to use the season of Lent to reflect on water. Since 2008, the WCC, through its campaign “Seven Weeks for Water,” has been providing weekly theological reflections and other resources on water for the seven weeks of Lent and for World Water Day on 22 March (which always falls during the Lenten period).

 

You can access these reflections via the following links on a yearly basis:

2020: https://water.oikoumene.org/en/whatwedo/seven-weeks-for-water/seven-weeks-for-water-2020 

2019: https://water.oikoumene.org/en/whatwedo/seven-weeks-for-water/seven-weeks-for-water-2019   

2018: https://water.oikoumene.org/en/whatwedo/seven-weeks-for-water/2018

2017: https://water.oikoumene.org/en/whatwedo/seven-weeks-for-water/2017

2016: https://water.oikoumene.org/en/whatwedo/seven-weeks-for-water/2016

2015: https://water.oikoumene.org/en/whatwedo/seven-weeks-for-water/2015

2014https://water.oikoumene.org/en/whatwedo/seven-weeks-for-water/past/2014

2013https://water.oikoumene.org/en/whatwedo/seven-weeks-for-water/past/2013

2012https://water.oikoumene.org/en/whatwedo/seven-weeks-for-water/past/2012-the-economy-of-water

2011:https://water.oikoumene.org/en/whatwedo/seven-weeks-for-water/past/2011-water-conflict-and-just-peace

2010:https://water.oikoumene.org/en/whatwedo/seven-weeks-for-water/past/2010-holy-water

2009:https://water.oikoumene.org/en/whatwedo/seven-weeks-for-water/past/2009-water-and-justice

2008:https://water.oikoumene.org/en/whatwedo/seven-weeks-for-water/past/2008

Dinesh Suna, coordinator of the Ecumenical Water Network: Dinesh.Suna@wcc-coe.org  

Visiting address:
Ecumenical Water Network, 
World Council of Churches
Ecumenical Centre,
1 Route des Morillons
1218 Le Grand-Saconnex
Switzerland

Postal address: 
Ecumenical Water Network
World Council of Churches
150 Route de Ferney
CP 2100
1211 Geneva 2
Switzerland 

 

Join the Blue Community movement!

On 25 October 2016, the WCC became a Blue Community. The concept of a Blue Community is based on the following three criteria:   

  • Recognizing water as a human right.
  • Saying “no” to the sale/use of bottled water in places where tap water is safe to drink or look for sustainable alternatives.
  • Say “no” to privatization of water and promote public control over water services.