Interfaith Perspectives: Water

As people of faith we know: water brings life, embodies life, gives life, sustains life. Water is much more than a commodity or a resource. It is sacred.


The River Prairie Network of Minnesota Interfaith Power & Light invites you to engage with a panel of diverse faith traditions and theological voices as we consider the spiritual importance of water and our obligations to care for it. Come explore how, for diverse religious traditions, water is far more than simply a commodity. Then learn how we can take action together.


Interfaith Perspectives: Water

Sunday September 18th, 1:30pm-3:00pm

Nicollet County Historical Society -- Treaty Site History Center

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Together we’ll hear from esteemed panelists, John Cha, Regina Mustafa, Marian Broida, and Deborah Goodwin, moderated by Andy Davis. We’ll explore our own memories and stories of water, and learn how we can take action to protect and honor water in our own backyards and beyond.

Meet the Panelists!

Deborah Goodwin is Associate Professor in Religion; Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies; and Environmental Studies at Gustavus Adolphus College. Deborah teaches in the area of History of Christianity, including introductory courses, and courses in Catholicism, Jewish-Christian relations, theological approaches to the problem of evil, and Women’s Studies. Her teaching and research interests include the early and medieval Latin West, especially the history of interpretation and the social history of the Christian tradition. Deborah will represent Catholic and Episcopalian perspectives on water. 

"Soil, water, mountains: everything is...a caress of God. The history of our friendship with God is always linked to particular places which take on an intensely personal meaning." Laudato Si, #84


Marian Broida is Visiting Assistant Professor of Religion at Gustavus Adolphus College, where she teaches Bible and Jewish Studies. She has taught in many contexts, ranging from a women’s prison in Georgia to the Seattle Children’s Museum to Jewish Sunday schools. Her scholarly interests include ancient Near Eastern languages and cultures, biblical prophecy, and intercessory prayer. Marian will represent Jewish perspectives on water. 

 "The Bible teaches us our proper place. In Leviticus 25:23, God tells us, “The land is mine; you are my tenants.”


Regina Mustafa is the Founder of Community Interfaith Dialogue on Islam (CIDI). Originally from Philadelphia, Regina is a graduate of Penn State with a bachelor’s in American Studies and is currently pursuing a Graduate certification in Multicultural Education at Winona State- Rochester. In light of the atrocities committed by ISIS along with the rise in Islamophobia in the West, Regina formed the interfaith dialogue non-profit organization, Community Interfaith Dialogue on Islam (CIDI) in 2014. CIDI actively promotes interfaith dialogue and education through the monthly Faith Talk Show, Project CIDI Bridges, and various talks and lectures. CIDI’s latest endeavor is to help raise funds for the internally displaced refugees within Syria.
 Regina is the 2015 recipient of the Diversity Award by the Diversity Council of Rochester.  She and her husband have been living in Rochester for 9 years and have two children. Regina will share Muslim perspectives on water. 
“Interfaith dialogue truly exists when we can come to the table with someone of different views and appreciate and accept our disagreements. Only then can our humanity and our planet take a step forward in healing.”
John Cha is an Associate Professor in Religion at Gustavus Adolphus College. His teaching and research interests include Buddhist philosophy, Buddhist Meditation, and inter-religious dialogue. Professor Cha has recently presented papers at The International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities and the American Academy of Religion annual meeting, to name a few.  On September 18th, he will share Buddhist perspectives on Water.

"Try to be mindful, and let things take their course. Then your mind will become still in any surroundings, like a still forest pool. All kinds of wonderful animals will come to drink at the pool, and you will clearly see the nature of all things. You will see many strange and wonderful things come and go, but you will be still. This is the happiness of the Buddha."

~Ajahn Chah  ‘A Still Forest Pool’