Anglican Churches Around the Globe Launch “JustWater”
Churches on four continents unite in support of World Water Day 2017
(5th October 2016) – Cathedrals and churches on four continents have come together to raise awareness and activism about water by launching the JustWater website (justwater2017.org). This website is part of a new project focused on celebrating, protecting and ensuring equal access to the gift of water for all, with an international programme organised by St George’s Cathedral (Cape Town); St Paul’s Cathedral (London); St Paul’s Cathedral (Melbourne); and Trinity Church Wall Street (New York).
Major events are scheduled to coincide with the season of Lent and around UN World Water Day on 22 March 2017 to support social justice efforts on water issues. The programme aims to bring people together and encourage action on local needs and concerns, whether these are flooding, drought, rising tides or access to fresh water and sanitation.
Canon Heather Patacca, Precentor of St Paul’s Cathedral Melbourne, said ‘For many of us access to fresh water is something we take for granted unlike those who walk half a day to draw water from a well or stream. Nothing exists without water. Water raises issues of justice and equity but looks different in each local context.’
JustWater will be a free and open resource to help equip community and church leaders as advocates for water justice. The project is intended to grow to include other organizations that wish to participate, bringing together business, science, religion and the arts to help deepen understanding and build a shared community for action. Events and outcomes from the project will be highlighted on the new website as well as on social media using #justwater17.
The Very Revd David Ison, Dean of St Paul’s Cathedral London, said ‘How we deal with water shows how much we value one another. The church working around the world in partnership, to share resources and raise awareness of water-related issues, is a sign of how humanity can achieve together for the benefit of all what we cannot do on our own.’
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