Theology, Science, Advocacy, and Practice: The Human Right to Water and Sanitation

This interactive dialogue will address the global water crisis and explore the human right to water and sanitation. Despite being an avoidable problem, currently 758 million people lack access to safe drinking water and more than a third of the world is without adequate sanitation. The Church cannot remain silent in the face of inequity and injustice. This scarce resource is essential for life. Speakers will address the multifaceted nature of this vital resource and essential service with perspectives from theology, science, advocacy, and practical humanitarian responses.

Panel 1 - (0:00) Rev. Dr. Archimandrite Nathanael Symeonides, Director, Department of Inter-Orthodox, Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations

Panel 2 - (8:28) Meera Karunananthan, The Blue Plant Project

Panel 3 - (14:33) Maria Kanellopoulou, Save Greek Water

Panel 4 - (26:42) Rev. Christopher Bender, OFT

Panel 5 - (44:55) Frederick Krueger, OFT

Panel 6 - (1:01:00) Dr. George P. Nassos, Sustainability Consultant

Panel 7 - (1:24:23) Discussion

This panel discussion was held on Wednesday, July 6, 2016 at the 43rd Biennial Clergy-Laity Congress of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America in Nashville, TN. To learn more, visit or

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