Communities of faith and spirituality are an important group who make up the Vermont Clean Water Network. The connection that spiritual groups have to the water and the understanding they have of the way people interact with it on a spiritual level gives them an essential perspective in this network. These leaders and communities have an important responsibility to bear in creating our culture of clean water.
Pastor Nancy Wright of the congregation of Ascension Lutheran Church in South Burlington, Vt., and Richard Butz, board member at the Addison County River Watch Collaborative and the Bristol Conservation Commission co-authored the Congregational Watershed Discipleship Manual. This resource is an educational an educational guide that includes a field manual for action and many other useful resources.
This manual includes five parts: Water and Spirituality, Watershed Discipleship, Transformational Leadership in Congregations, Getting to Work: A Field Manual for Action, and Resources.
From the guide:
"We live in a watershed moment for the planet and for religious congregations. A threatening planetary water crisis asks now for a strong response. Ascension Lutheran Church of South Burlington, Vermont, engaged in water-focused activities, education, and worship to respond faithfully to God’s call to care for Earth and its water. In so doing, the church developed a potential
model for watershed stewardship that enhances a congregation’s discipleship, spreads the vision of creation care through watershed stewardship, and offers practical guidance. This project, and other national and international water discipleship projects, offer insight into congregational leadership and edu- cation for water care."
Read the guide here.