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What the Christian Churches are Saying about Water

Christian Churches


Reckless Damage to our Water

 “Humans are making excessive demands upon, and doing reckless damage to, the lakes and streams, the ground water, and even to the oceans.  Meanwhile, most Third World nations cannot afford the systems that would provide safe drinking water.”

Presbyterian Church USA, Restoring Creation for Ecology and Justice


Sharing Water

"Water is an integral part of God's radical expression of God's love for all humanity. Water cannot be monopolized or privatized. It is to be shared like air, light and earth.”

United Methodist Church, Protection of Water


A Right to Clean Water

“The world is on the verge of a serious water crisis—one that is leading to conflicts among people, communities, regions, and nations. All individuals have the fundamental right to clean water and no one should be denied access to clean water because they cannot afford it.”

National Council of Churches of Christ, Water: The Key to Sustaining Life, an Ecumenical Statement on Water


To Contaminate the Earth is a Sin 

“To commit a crime against the natural world is a sin. . . .  for humans to contaminate the Earth’s water, its land, its air, and its life, with poisonous substances, these things are sins.”

Eastern Orthodox Church, Patriarch Bartholomew, Remarks at the Symposium on Religion, Science and the Environment


Water Scarcity Affects the Vulnerable

“The United Nations estimates that about 1.7 billion people currently suffer from water scarcity, with the problem most acute in developing countries; if temperatures continue to rise, that number could increase by an additional 1.8 billion people by 2080.  Women and girls are often responsible for … spending hours fetching and carrying water from remote sources.”

Evangelical Lutheran Church, Climate change fact sheet

Imagine if the Earth were divided equally among all of us. Each person would receive 4.5 acres. Now imagine that everything you need – food, energy, home, clothing, gadgets – must come from those 4.5 acres. But it takes 22.3 acres to maintain the average American lifestyle.There is a new way of observing Lent that helps us care for God’s creation by taking steps toward using only our fair share of its resources. Moving in the direction of 4.5 is essential for anyone walking in the footsteps of Jesus today.

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Lent 4.5 is a seven-week faith formation program which inspires and informs Christian communities on how to use the traditional Lenten disciplines of prayer, fasting and almsgiving to protect God’s creation, embrace Gospel justice and nurture spiritual fulfillment. It offers practical opportunities for people of faith to apply the values of Christian Simplicity to their everyday lives.

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