This week, and part of next week, marks the 400th anniversary commemoration of the agreement between the Iroquois and Dutch settlers in upstate New York. The commemoration has included an appreciation of water as a source of life.
http://www.religionnews.com/2013/07/31/anniversary-recalls-water-as-sacred-source-of-life/ It’s a good occasion to remember, in our prayers, places in the world where water is scarce. There is also a continuing debate about how the distribution of water should be accomplished, especially in urban areas. Should a basic human necessity be managed by private companies or the public sector?
As in previous Saturday posts: continued prayers for the situations in Egypt, Myanmar, and Syria, and for the peace talks between Israel and Palestinians.
In Iran, the Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has issued a fatwa, urging Iranians to avoid members of the banned Baha’i section. Baha’is and human rights groups fear further crackdowns against members of the faith, which originated in Iran in the 19th century.
Issues of religion and race have been topics in Malaysia recently. http://www.malaysia-chronicle.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=139432:religion-and-race-a-challenge-for-malaysia&Itemid=2#axzz2auGFrXjX Of course, the U.S. has its own challenges of race relations and justice. Prayers for justice and peace in our and other countries.