Liturgy, Ritual, and Ceremony Planning

WATER, the Women’s Alliance for Theology, Ethics and Ritual, is a major force in the feminist liturgical movement.  Diann L. Neu has been creating and celebrating feminist liturgies with communities locally, nationally, and internationally for more than thirty years.

WATER’s Liturgy, Ritual, and Ceremony Planning project is four-fold.

  1. We meet with individuals, couples, and groups to design and celebrate the liturgies, rituals, and ceremonies they need.
  2. We host a monthly WATERritual group at the WATER office or by phone.  Register here.
  3. We host a monthly Contemplative Meditation/Prayer group at the WATER office. You may also join by phone. Please email waterstaff@hers.com if you are interested in joining in-person or by phone.
  4. We publish liturgies in our newsletter, WATERwheel. We write books and resources (below) around liturgy and ritual. We also post monthly rituals and send them to our email list.
  5. We teach others how to create liturgies, rituals, and ceremonies.

IMG_0746Women are creating and celebrating feminist liturgies worldwide. These rituals strengthen women and empower them for personal healing and social change.  These liturgies challenge religious communities to rethink the basics of religious practice: interpretations of scriptures, liturgical language and symbols, and strictures applied only to women.

For decades women have brought feminism into faith communities, churches and cathedrals, synagogues and sacred circles.  Many liturgists and theologians, women from every walk of life, some children and men, now participate in the feminist liturgical movement.  Women-church communities and women’s spiritual support groups, sacred circles and small faith communities, worship services and prayer meetings celebrated by communities around the world are enriched by feminist ritual work. These are the goals of WATER’s ritual program.

Materials and Resources

When you order the following liturgies, rituals, and seders directly from WATER you support our work. Most can only be purchased through WATER. Order with the paypal links below or  fill out this form and mail it with your payment to WATER.


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Seasons of Compassion: Resources for Companions of Those Needing Healing

by Diann L. Neu

WATER’s interfaith “Seasons Series” developed out of a request from women with cancer for prayers specific to their situation. We expanded the scope to offer spiritual healing resources and journaling techniques to all in need of healing. Then we were asked to include resources for companions who accompany people with cancer and terminal illness.

We are called to be compassionate. Inspired by women with cancer and their loved ones who found “Seasons of Survival” and “Seasons of Healing” beneficial, WATER has created this third collection in our “Seasons” series, “Seasons of Compassion: Resources for Companions of Those Needing Healing.”

This resource is meant to be a resource for those who accompany women dealing with life-threatening illness and/or loss. The fifty-four different cards include prayers to help you open to compassion and act with compassion. They provide you with ways to transition your loved one into new life. They offer you ways to grieve after the loss of a loved one. They help you mark anniversaries and milestones. These resources can help you become better in tune with yourself and those around you on the journey to compassion. (WATERworks Press, 54 pages, $15 plus s+h). Ordering information






Seasons of Healing: Journaling and Resources

by Diann L. Neu

The healing journey touches people individually and communally. Inspired by women with cancer and their loved ones who found “Seasons of Survival” beneficial, WATER has created this second collection in our “Seasons” series, “Seasons of Healing: Journaling and Resources.”

This packet of thirty-nine different cards is meant to accompany women dealing with life-threatening illness and / or loss. The cards are designed to foster healing through diverse modes of writing, art, holistic activities and rituals, and suggested tools and tips for coping. These resources can help you become better in tune with yourself and those around you on the healing journey. (WATERworks Press, 39 pages, $12 plus s+h). Ordering information






white-water-lilycroppedSeasons of Survival: Prayers and Rituals for Women with Cancer
by Diann L. Neu

Women with cancer have asked WATER for prayers and rituals.  In response, Diann Neu, in collaboration with women with cancer, created “Seasons of Survival: Prayers and Rituals for Women with Cancer.”  WATER hopes this collection of thirty different prayers will provide healing for women, their families, and communities.

Whether you are just beginning to face the journey yourself, are claiming a new you, or are in need of a prayer to honor a loved one, nourish your mind, body, and soul with these prayers and rituals. They have been created for you. (WATERworks Press, 30 pages, $10 plus s+h). Ordering information





 

internationwomenleaderPeace Liturgies
by Diann L. Neu

Timely. Prayerful. Provocative. Complete scripts with music for seven liturgies: Peace, Peace, Peace; Harvesting Peace; Blessed Are the Peacemakers; Deep Peace of the Changing Seasons to You; Threatened with Resurrection; Peace, Only Peace; and Peace for the Children of the World.(WATERworks Press, 60 pages, $15 plus s+h). Ordering information





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by Diann L. Neu and Mary E. Hunt

This unprecedented compilation of resources provides a concise exposition of the women-church movement to date, plus “how to” suggestions for organizing local groups. Included are sample liturgies, planning schedules, and other handy tools for those of us fashioning new structures for meaningful religious expression. In addition, this soft-cover book includes a preliminary directory of women-church groups in the USA and abroad, as compiled from responses to WATER’s pioneering survey (58 pages, $10 plus s+h). Ordering information






Women and the Gospel Traditions: Feminist Celebrations
by Diann L. Neu

These five liturgies, complete with music, move women’s experience to the center of religious celebration. Diann’s evocations—in music, movement, setting, and words—of the power and purpose of meaningful prayer ceremonies give this booklet rare value for both large gatherings and small circles of friends. They are inspirational reading even when you are alone (WATERworks Press, 30 pages, $10 plus s+h). Ordering information






Women-Church Celebrations: Feminist Liturgies for the Lenten Season
by Diann L. Neu

Complete scripts for Ash Wednesday, Palm Sunday, Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and the Easter Vigil, including feminist music, poetry, readings, and bibliography (WATERworks Press, 50 pages, $10 plus s+h)Ordering information





Women of Fire: A Pentecost Event
by Mary E. Hunt and Diann L. Neu

The authors proclaim an international spirit of feminism that gave birth to the reality of women as church. Mary’s inspiring talks focus on passion, pain, and politics. Diann’s powerful liturgy reclaims the center of religious ritual—the progressive meal complete with festive processions (WATERworks Press, 45 pages, $10 plus s+h)Ordering information





Liturgias (in Spanish)
by Diann L. Neu, translation by Sara Newberry
(WATERworks Press, 45 pages, $15 plus s+h). Ordering information





Feministische Liturgie (in German)
by Diann L. Neu, translation by Herta Leisthner
(WATERworks Press, 45 pages, $15 plus s+h)Ordering information






Gathered At Sophia’s Table: A Feminist Peace Seder
by Diann L. Neu

Complete 20-page script includes peace music (1-2 copies/$5 each; 3-9 copies/$4.50 each; 10 or more/$3.50 each plus s+h). Ordering information







Together At Freedom’s Table: A Feminist Seder
by Diann L. Neu, Jessica Weissman, Barbara A. CullomComplete 36-page script includes music, recipes and Hebrew wording (WATERworks Press, $5 each plus s+h). Ordering information





Miriam’s Sisters Rejoice: A Seder for Holy Thursday and Passover 
by Diann L. Neu, Tobie Hofman, Barbara Cullom, Mindy Shapiro

Complete 34-page script includes music, recipes and Hebrew wording (WATERworks Press, $5 each plus s+h). Ordering information




 

A Seder of the Sisters of Sarah: A Holy Thursday and
Passover Feminist Liturgy
by Diann L. Neu and Ronnie Levin

Complete 24-page script includes music (WATERworks Press, $5 each plus s+h). Ordering information


Diann Neu Contact
Diann L. Neu
Women’s Alliance for Theology Ethics and Ritual
8121 Georgia Avenue
Silver Spring MD 20910

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