The value of care for the earth is not just an Earth Day slogan; it is a requirement of our faith. We are called to protect people and the planet, living our faith in relationship with all of God’s creation. This environmental challenge has fundamental moral and ethical dimensions that cannot be ignored.
The value of the dignity of every human life is being threatened by increasing privatization of water. We believe that every person is precious, that people are more important than things, and that the measure of every institution is how it lives out its concern for policies which either threatens or enhances human life and the dignity of all life.
Jesus, in his earthly ministry both revealed God’s power and offered life in all its fullness to those who believed in him. For those in the world for whom water is a rare and precious commodity, and for those of us who take its daily supply for granted, Jesus’ message is the same: “Those who drink of the water that I will give them will never be thirsty. The water that I will give will become in them a spring of water gushing up to eternal life.” (Jn.4:13-14)