Prayer resources and theological reflections
There are many faith-based prayers or theological reflections on water, cleanliness and social justice. We've collected a few of them here. Why not use them to hold a celebration to raise awareness of water and sanitation issues, and to give thanks for the gifts of water and life, for your own faith community?
There are five prayers and five times of day for
prayer; the five have five names. Let the first be 'truthfulness', the second 'honest living', and the
third 'charity in the Name of God'. Let the
fourth be 'good will to all', and the
fifth 'the praise of the Lord'.
– Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji
Care for our Common Home
Laudato Si’, Pope Francis's encyclical on the environment, also called 'Care for our Common Home', was released in June 2015. It calls on the Church and people everywhere to address the environmental crisis facing the world.
Seven Weeks for Water
Conserving water in Islam
This khutbah on an Islamic approach to water conservation, by Sheikh Dr Muhammad Ridwaan Gallant, is one of many resources produced by the Southern African Faith Communities Environment Institute. Check out safcei.org for more.
Christian teachings on water
Rev Fletcher Harper, executive director of GreenFaith, has put together this three-page summary of Christian teachings on water. Click here to download. It is one of many resources available on GreenFaith's website, www.greenfaith.org.
Islamic sacred texts on water
Ripples in the Water
This inspiring short book by the World Council of Churches tells the success stories of people and churches striving for water justice. The WCC has 345 member churches representing more than 500 million Christians worldwide.
Hindu teachings on nature
Hinduism contains numerous references to the worship of the divine in nature in its sacred texts. Dr Pankaj Jain has produced this paper looking at 10 key Hindu environmental teachings for GreenFaith. Download the paper here.
Jewish teachings on water
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