LOVING WATER ACROSS RELIGIONS
Given the urgency of the global water crisis, it is imperative that we reinvent our relationship with water. During this program, we will explore an integral water ethic that recognizes water as an intrinsically valuable and vital member of the Earth community, not a mere passive object to be exploited for humanpurposes. We will consider sacramental consciousness of baptism in Christianity; loving service of the Yamuna River in Hinduism and the compassionate wisdom of the bodhisattva in Buddhism. We will also engage in a variety of contemplative practices for developing love and compassion for water so that we can deepen our relationship with this precious and threatened source of life.
Resource Person: Elizabeth McAnally, PhD, is the newsletter editor and website manager for the Forum on Religion and Ecology at Yale. She also manages the websites for Journey of the Universe, Thomas Berry, American Teilhard Association, and Emerging Earth Community. Elizabeth has taught classes on philosophy, religion and environmental ethics at Pacifica Graduate Institute, the University of North Texas, Diablo Valley College and the University of San Francisco. She is the author of Loving Water Across Religions: Contributions to an Integral Water Ethic (Orbis Press, 2019). Her work has also been published in The Bloomsbury Handbook of Religion and Nature (Bloomsbury Press, 2018), as well as in the journals World Futures and Integral Review.