College to host an interfaith discussion on religion and water

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. - Lycoming College will host an interfaith panel discussion titled, "The Spiritual Dimension of Water," on Wednesday, Oct. 13, at 7 p.m. in the College's Mary L. Welch Honors Hall. Lycoming faculty and spiritual leaders in the community will examine the vital issue of water shortage from many different perspectives.

Panelists include Dr. Richard Hughes, professor of religion at Lycoming; Dr. Mel Zimmerman, professor of biology and director of the College's Clean Water institute; Sr. Catherine Ann Gilvary, Lycoming campus minister; Rev. Gwen Bernstine, Rabbi Shaul A. Rappeport, Rev. Dai-En Bennage and Rev. Daishin McCabe. Dr. Steven Johnson, professor and chair of Lycoming's religion department, will serve as moderator.

The United Nations predicts that by 2025, roughly 15 years from now, approximately one-third of the human species will be living under absolute water scarcity conditions, and that two-thirds will be living under extreme water stress. The panel will explore how religious traditions can help in responding to this claim.