Almost 1 billion people worldwide live without access to safe drinking water, and over 2.6 billion lack basic sanitation facilities. The impact on public health, education, gender equality, and economic growth is profound. While water is a basic need, and there is near universal agreement on the need for action to redress the imbalances, solutions to the growing water crisis are far from simple. Water is an issue with resonance for many faith communities and is central to symbolic rituals and ethical meanings in various traditions. This meeting explored the faith dimensions of addressing global water needs with the aim of better understanding the actions and experiences of religious institutions and leaders in the water sector.
This event was cosponsored by the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs and the World Faiths Development Dialogue, with generous support from the Henry R. Luce Foundation.