Week 4

Water

“God gives rain on the earth and sends water on the fields.” Job 5:10

Today we discussed our most important natural resource: water.  Water sustains life; without it we die.  Water is also our most sacred natural resource and the symbol of baptism, of new life.  As Professor Larry Rassmussen of Union Theological Seminar states, “I don’t know what tallies as sacred for you but if water doesn’t qualify, you should check your pulse to see whether you are among the quick or the dead.”

Yet, as we discussed, our planet’s fresh water resources are facing increased perils and demand today from pollution, overuse and climate change.  New technologies such as fracking pose new and dangerous threats to our water supply.  We also talked about the problem of access to clean drinking water and treating water as a human right.