Visiting Scholars and Ministers
Mary E. Hunt and Rachel Bundang, Convent of the Sacred Heart, San Francisco
“My time as a visiting scholar at WATER was well worth it. As an independent scholar who works primarily outside the university setting, I do not have regular or ready access to a research library. WATER rightfully takes pride in its fine and ever-growing collection of feminist scholarship in religion, and its holdings provided me so much of what I needed to work on my projects. I also appreciated the intergenerational networking and conversations that took place among staff, interns, and outside thinkers and activists in the world of religion. The directors are intentional about cultivating networks that create spaces and opportunities for community in academia, religious groups, policy outfits, and other settings. WATER is a tiny organization, but its reach and impact, especially for generations of scholars and ministers, belie its size. Its work of engagement for transformation continues to be valuable and necessary.” -Reflection from Rachel Bundang, visiting scholar 2015
We welcome students, ministers, scholars, and other professionals from around the world to utilize WATER’s constantly growing library as well as the knowledge and wisdom of our experienced staff! Come be a Visiting Minister or Scholar at WATER.
Visitors may stay for periods ranging from a week to a year or more. They give a donation based on the length of their visit, their needs and circumstances. All are encouraged to bring both their scholarly concerns, energy, and enthusiasm to share in WATER’s invaluable connection with a worldwide feminist religious community.
Past scholars have traveled from as far as Brazil, Australia, Sweden, and Scotland to join us. They have included, for example, a Doctor of Ministry candidate working on feminist liturgy, a Ph.D. candidate writing a dissertation on safety in intimate relationships, a Brazilian scholar wishing to expand her feminist work and English skills, and a minister on sabbatical. We are happy to shape the experience to fit the person by suggesting people to contact, places to visit, resources for research, ideas for worship, and the like. Contact us for particulars.
Please check out our WATER-Visiting-Scholars-Application for further details and contact the WATER office with any questions. Applications are accepted throughout the year.