August Meditation: God Laughing Out Loud by Mary E. Hunt

Below is a reading for you to meditate upon as Summer comes to a close. If you would prefer to listen to the meditation, click here.

In the beginning God enjoyed herself. She laughed out loud and laughed some more because it was good. She sat back and smiled. She clapped her hands in glee and imagined her sisters dancing. She did nothing but enjoy and it was everything.

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...

Ann-Cathrin Jarl: Volunteer in Global Service at WATER

by Mary E. Hunt and Anne Lacher “Never a dull day at the WATER office!” The frequency of this comment’s appearance here at WATER has increased drastically in the last week or two, and it seems to be directly related to the appearance of Ann-Cathrin Jarl. Hailing from Uppsala, Sweden, the Rev. Dr. Ann-Cathrin Jarl was the Director of the Diocese Conference Center in Stockholm for four years. She served most recently as Chaplain to the Archbishop of the Church of Sweden [Lutheran] before her retirement in 2011.

Congratulations to Mary Ann Kaiser!

Congratulations to our proud former WATER intern Mary Ann Kaiser! She is the honored recipient of the Jane Maxwell Morris Fellowship from Austin Seminary!

Three Must-Read Resource Reviews

By Mary E. Hunt I want to eat for breakfast whatever Joan Chittister eats. She pumps out books at lightening speed, or else she has a lot of elves out there in Erie, PA who help. Three recent ones include "40 Stories to Stir the Soul," "A Monastery Almanac," and "Songs of the Heart."

January 2012: Human Trafficking Awareness Month Resources

By Diann L. Neu | More than 27 million women, men, and children have become victims of human trafficking for labor and sexual exploitation.

"On Having to Choose: Scholar or Activist" by Mary Ann Kaiser

This past August, Vanderbilt Divinity School and the Human Rights Campaign hosted a series of workshops on the issue of religion and sexuality. Though I was not actually a part of this event, I was excited about its occurrence for a couple of reasons. First, as the field of queer studies continues to grow in religious academic programs, it is necessary to create space for future scholars to consider their role in discussions of religion and sexuality. I imagined it being incredibly empowering to gather with other students from across the country who are queer, religious, and doing doctoral work. I was also pleased, however, because one of the lectures was given by feminist theologian Dr. Mary E. Hunt entitled “Responsible Academics are Useful Activists.”

What the Bishops Won't Tell You

Dear Secretary Sebelius, As progressive Catholic organizations, our social justice tradition compels us to speak out and advocate for the least among us. For that reason, we write urging you to not impose burdensome conscience clauses seeking to limit and, indeed, eliminate access, and dishonor the conscience of those seeking family planning services.

Free Advent Resource

Expecting the Word: A "Words Matter" Daily Devotional Study for Advent Advent is just around the corner, and if you are looking for a resource to assist in your observance of the season, look no further! Find day-by-day scripture and insightful reflections by scholars and theologians...