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Posted July 24, 2015

Moyo's content is organized around issues of global importance. Our first two topics are Water & Restoration of Life and Disaster & Human DignityWe wanted to spend some time describing for you. If you're interested in learning more about our approach to these topics, check out the posts below. Be on the look out as our next topic, Race & Image of the Divine, launches in September 2015. Thanks, The Moyo Team.

 

Water and Restoration of Life
            Water is life – humans can’t live without it, plants need it to survive. It is little wonder that the great spiritual traditions of our world turn to water as a metaphor for the flow of energy that drives every human life and unites all communities. But when water is scarce or misused, creation wanes and human life suffers. Wars rage when rivers run dry. Education halts or ceases or stagnates when water is far away. Inadequate sanitation harbors disease. Dehydration heralds death. As you reflect on the necessity of water for life on earth, how does the limited access to clean water affect those around the globe? In what ways can we, through justice work and spiritual reflection, recognize the need for water and provide it to restore human and natural life?

 

Disaster and Human Dignity
            We all recognize the images of disaster. Fires blazing in forests. Distraught families standing in front of flattened homes. Boards nailed over windows and palm trees bending at the base. Whether a natural event or man-made disaster, catastrophes devastate people and communities affected by them. When we see the images of disaster, most of us want to do something. But what’s the best way to respond? Many people and organizations are starting to imagine new ways of helping with disaster recovery, focusing on long-term community restoration and viewing people assurvivors rather than victims. As people trying to show love to those who experience overwhelming events, how can we respond to disasters in such a way that allows survivors to maintain their human dignity? What kind of language should we use to describe recovery efforts? How can we examine our failures in providing real and beneficial recovery? What can we do to create new, spiritually driven, justice-oriented and sustainable responses?


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