Journey Towards Reimagination: Society of Race, Ethnicity and Religion by Grace Ji-Sun Kim

gmd_2948Grace Ji-Sun Kim will be presenting at our teleconference July 10th on “Colonialism, Han, and the Transformative Spirit.” Originally Posted on Feminist Studies in Religion Much of my personal life intersects with race, religion, and gender issues.  In some ways, the word intersects is too gentle.  Perhaps collide better captures what occurs in my life as an Asian North American woman theologian, writer, minister, and mother.  As I try to engage in theological dialogue, live in community with the dominant, unfamiliar culture, and raise my kids with concerns on how to be just in this world, I realize that the lives of all people, especially people of color, collide and clash with others on the critical issues of race, religion, and gender.

May 15 Rape Culture, Sexual Violence, and Spiritual Healing by Gina Messina-Dysert

gmd_2948Originally posted on Feminism and Religion. Recently I had the great pleasure of presenting on the WATER Teleconference Series and dialoguing with women from around the world about how to promote healing in a rape culture. Likewise, in a previous post I discussed rape culture in the Church and its impact on victims of sexual violence and the greater community. Within a rape culture, those who experience sexual victimization endure physical, emotional, and spiritual wounding. It is a victimization unlike any other, and one that we must continue to discuss in search of healing.

May 13 Congratulations, Clarafrancie Cromer!

Diann, Clarafrancie, Mary 2Clarafrancie Cromer, a former WATER intern, received her M.Div. on May 13, 2013 from Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington, DC. Congratulations, Clarafrancie!

April 16 Pope Francis and the American Sisters by Mary E. Hunt

IMG_1277The jury is still out on Pope Francis in a pontificate that may well be shaped by women. A month after Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio was named Bishop of Rome, his Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Most Rev. Gerhard Ludwig Mueller, met with the presidents of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, an umbrella group of American nuns that had come under doctrinal scrutiny and been found wanting. Archbishop Mueller claimed that he had “recently discussed the Doctrinal Assessment with Pope Francis, who reaffirmed the findings of the Assessment and the program of reform for this Conference of Major Superiors.” On the face of it, this means that Archbishop J. Peter Sartain, Bishop Leonard P. Blair, and Bishop Thomas John Paprocki, who were named to enforce the terms the Congregation’s findings against the LCWR, are given carte blanche to do so. There may be more to this than meets the eye.

July 3-4 A Spiritual Gathering For All Women: Claiming Our Roots, Nourishing Our Branches

Dignity ConferenceWednesday, July 3rd, 1 PM - Thursday July 4th, 11 AM Hilton Minneapolis, 1001 Marquette Avenue South, just off Nicollet Mall downtown. Register at: Women's Retreat on convention registration page: Suggested donation is $25, more if you can, less if you can't! Join us to claim our roots and nourish our branches. For more information: DignityUSA office 800.877.8797 Women's Alliance for Theology, Ethics and Ritual (WATER) or 301.589.2509

April 16 Article about Mary E. Hunt posted on Jann Aldredge-Clayton's Blog

Mary HuntClick to read the article on Jann Aldredge-Claton's blog. "Changing Church: Dr. Mary E. Hunt, Catholic feminist theologian, Co-founder and Co-director of the Women’s Alliance for Theology, Ethics and Ritual (WATER), Silver Spring, Maryland" More than two decades after women-church began, the movement is mature enough to let the needs of the world, not the failings of the institutional church, guide it. . . . It has always been a constructive feminist force that tries to embody what it envisions. Members keep the justice focus sharp by prodding one another to explore hard issues including racism, reproductive choice, homosexuality, and economic justice. . . . Leadership in house churches tends to rotate among participants. Empowering lots of people to be involved is a goal in women-church.

April 9 Happy Birthday, Janis Roihl!

403469_3538794162429_624530858_nWATER wishes Janis Roihl a wonderful 75th birthday. Janis is a networker par excellence whose work on the web keeps many people connected to idea, information, and one another. On this special day, we dedicate our efforts in gratitude for hers. Enjoy, Janis!

March 12 Women-Church Convergence Press Release: Where are the Women?

Where are the Catholic women as the Cardinals meet in secrecy to elect from among themselves the next leader of the Catholic Church? Where is the other half of the Conclave?Where are the Catholic women as the Cardinals meet in secrecy to elect from among themselves the next leader of the Catholic Church? Where is the other half of the Conclave? Some women are protesting in St. Peter's Square demanding an equal part in the institutional church. Other women are in the parish pews praying for the next pope. But the vast majority of young and seasoned Catholic women are making their own choices about their faith and their lives. They are working to eradicate injustice, ministering to those in need, and celebrating the goodness of creation. They are exercising their moral authority despite the exclusionary ways of the hierarchy.

Sept 6-8, 2013, Sisterly Conversations - Coming Out: A Life-long Process in Faith

Screen shot 2013-03-12 at 1.12.16 PM Join Virginia Mollenkott and Mary E. Hunt for a retreat on the topic of "Coming Out: A Life-long Process in Faith" on September 6-8, 2013 at the Kirkridge Retreat Center in Bangor, PA.

March 8 "Conclave a 'farce' when women have no say" with Mary E. Hunt on CBC News

Screen shot 2013-03-11 at 2.14.21 PMMary Hunt, co-founder of the Women's Alliance for Theology, Ethics and Ritual, says the conclave process for electing a new pope isn't transparent or democratic You can watch the whole video here at the CBC's website (The video follows a brief ad):