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April 17 Where Are They Now?: WATER Interns

WATER has had many interns over the years. What are they up to now? This month’s featured previous intern: Annabeth Roeschley.

Annabeth started her WATER work as an intern in 2007. She made herself right at home, even staying on for a second year. When it was time for her to move on, Anna chose to continue her work for social justice.

March Women in Theological Education Group Report

WATER’s Women in Theological Education group hosted an evening of “Women and the Arts” on Wednesday, March 28, 2012. Each artist shared a theological witness through the genres of story-telling, dance, song, and pictorial imagery. The audience was moved, and all left feeling inspired to support the many expressions of womanhood.

Lauren Blitz presented her adaptation of the hemorrhaging woman in Luke’s Gospel. She also shared a multimedia presentation focusing on who the hemorrhaging woman could be among us today. She paired a…

April 18 Teleconference with Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza

Join us for our “Feminist Conversations in Religion” teleconference series: Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza will be with us to discuss her new book, Transforming Vision: Explorations in Feminist The*logy, a collection of essays on feminist theology focusing on the use of critical analysis of overlapping oppressions in the work of academic and ecclesiastical theologians.

March 27 WATER Featured on Ms. Blog!

“Despite (or perhaps because of) the patriarchy of many organized religions, feminism and spirituality have long-standing–if not universally-accepted–ties, from ancient goddess worship to contemporary Christian, Jewish, Buddhist, Wiccan/Pagan and Muslim feminisms. Today, I want to chronicle just a few of of the diverse intersections of feminism and spirituality in our modern world.

The Women Alliance for Theology, Ethics and Ritual (WATER) is a great example of how non-denominational religious and spiritual practices can be marshaled for social justice. Founded in 1983 by Mary E. Hunt and Dianne L. Neu, WATER’s programs include spiritual counseling, resources for feminist theologians, work opportunities for people with disabilities and a series of teleconferences on subjects as diverse as queer politics and the intersections of race, class and spirituality. Hunt told the Ms. Blog… ”

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Communion or Disunion?

by Mary E. Hunt

The egregious breach of decency that led a Catholic parish priest to deny Communion to a lesbian woman at her mother’s funeral has received widespread and well-deserved condemnation. Even the Archdiocese of Washington DC admitted that the priest had violated their policy. In a little note, a vicar promised Barbara Johnson and her family that he would celebrate a Mass in memory of her mother.