March 28, 2013

Holy / Maundy Thursday

Exodus 12:1-4 [5-10] 11-14
Psalm 116:1-2, 12-19
1 Corinthians 11:23-26
John 13:1-17, 31b-35

Water justice is an enormous concern for people all over the globe and an issue to which the United Church of Christ and its partner the World Council of Churches are dedicated.   In March of last year, the International Interfaith Workshop on Water as a Human Right was held in Manado, Indonesia with keynote speaker Susan Lea Smith in attendance on behalf of WCC’s Ecumenical Water Network. Smith reports that the primary outcome of the workshop was the launching of an interfaith water justice movement in Southeast Asia. “The leaders of six faiths – Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, Confucianism, Protestant Christianity and Catholicism – issued a statement on World Water Day committing their faith communities to take action to make water and sanitation available to all and to take action to protect water, including international, national and local actions to convince governments to implement the human right to water and sanitation,” Smith said.  This collaboration highlights how respect for water and the rest of creation is deeply embedded in all faith traditions, Smith said.

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