The human right to water — access to safe, sufficient, and affordable water for everyone — is more important than ever. Use the resources below to organize your congregation or community in support of the human right to water.
- Incorporate the human right to water into your congregation's Green Sanctuary program.
- Say it loud! Add your name to the statement affirming that water is a human right.
- Participate in the Blue Buckets campaign as part of Climate Justice Sunday!
For discussion groups:
- Host a showing and discussion of the film Thirsty for Justice: The Struggle for the Human Right to Water.
- Plan a book discussion around the Blue Revolution: Unmaking America's Water Crisis, by Cynthia Barnett, and use this discussion guide (PDF).
- Gather a group to learn more about the human right to water. Follow this five-session covenant group guide (PDF) or use this set of guiding questions (PDF).
- Organize a screening of The Water Front (2007, 53 minutes) and use the accompanying discussion guide (PDF) to have a conversation about the larger issues around water.
For children and youth:
- Use this origami-cup activity (PDF).
- Teach lesson plans about Hope in Crops (PDF), a project that protects water resources.
- Explore Gather the Spirit, lesson plans from the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) about stewardship of water and environment.
- Hold a children's water communion using resources from the UUA.
- Delve into a suggested book list for children from Earth Day 2011: Sacred Waters.
Invite a UUSC speaker to come to your congregation or community and raise awareness of the human right to water.
- Plan a worship service. You may use this sample sermon and suggested hymns and readings (PDF) by Rev. Jim Eller. These were prepared for UUSC's Justice Sunday 2012 program, which focused on the human right to water.
- Recognize the human right to water during your congregation's water ceremony or water communion.
- Plan a water ritual (PDF).
- Practice a water fast for spiritual connection to the issue and for solidarity with those who lack equitable access to safe, sufficient, affordable water. Note: The water fast is described on page 3 of the sample sermon (PDF).
- Incorporate UUA resources for water ceremonies and worship into your activities.