WATER Cofounder and Codirector

Diann L. Neu

Diann L. Neu, D.Min., M.Div., STM, MSW, LMSW is cofounder and codirector of WATER, Women’s Alliance for Theology, Ethics and Ritual, in Silver Spring, MD, USA.

A feminist liturgist and psychotherapist licensed in both Washington, DC and Maryland, Diann specializes in liturgical and ritual planning, including weddings, holy unions, and funerals. She works with individuals for counseling and spiritual direction, as well as group facilitation, coaching, conference consultation and planning.

Dr. Neu received her Doctor of Ministry in International Feminist Theology from the San Francisco Theological Seminary in San Anselmo, CA. She earned her Master of Divinity and Master of Sacred Theology degrees from The Jesuit School of Theology in Berkley, CA and her Masters in Clinical Social Work from The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. She completed her Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) and has taught at Lancaster Theological Seminary, Tai Sophia Institute, Global Ministries University, and Episcopal Divinity School.

Trained in liturgy and spirituality, she has done extensive work designing liturgies for national and international conferences as well as for her own women-church community in the Washington, DC area. In private practice, as well as through her affiliation with WATER, she counsels people from widely divergent backgrounds in individual, couple, and group sessions.

In recognition of her professional accomplishments, Diann has received several awards. Among them, the 2023 Mary Magdalene Award from Southeastern Pennsylvania Women’s Ordination Conference, the 2021 Catholic Media Book Award for Stirring WATERS: Feminist Liturgies for Justice, the 2013 Dignity USA President’s Award, 1998 and 1988 Isaac Hecker Award for Social Justice from the Paulist Center Community in Boston, the 1994 LEAP Award for Outstanding Service with persons with disabilities from the Life Experience Activities Program, the 1993 Mary Rhodes Award from the Sisters of Loretto, and the 1988 and 1986 Awards for Prophetic Figures from the Women’s Ordination Conference.

Diann lectures, teaches, and conducts workshops throughout the United States, in Latin America and Europe, and has published numerous articles on feminist approaches to liturgy, spirituality, and therapy as well as books of rituals.

Her publications include: Stirring WATERS: Feminist Liturgies for Justice (Liturgical Press, 2020); coeditor of New Feminist Christianity: Many Voices, Many Views (SkyLight Paths Publishing, 2010); Women’s Rites: Feminist Liturgies for Life’s Journey (Pilgrim Press, 2003); Return Blessings: Ecofeminist Liturgies Renewing the Earth (Pilgrim Press, 2002). Her books from WATERworks Press include Peace Liturgies; Women-Church SourcebookWomen of Fire: A Pentecost EventWomen and the Gospel TraditionsWomen-Church Celebrations, and the “Seasons” series for those who are seriously ill, their family, and community: Seasons of Compassion: Resources for Companions of Those Needing HealingSeasons of Healing: Journaling and Resources; and Seasons of Survival: Prayers and Rituals for Women with Cancer.

Her Seder publications include Gathered at Sophia’s Table: A Feminist Peace SederA Seder of the Sisters of SarahMiriam’s Sisters Rejoice; and Together at Freedom’s Table.


Diann L Neu’s archives may be found at the Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts, USA.

Diann L Neu may be reached at dneu@hers.com.