May 15, 2013
May 15 Rape Culture, Sexual Violence, and Spiritual Healing by Gina Messina-Dysert
Originally 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. Read more.
May 15, 2013
May 14 Courage Needs to Make a Comeback to Create Change by Mary E. Hunt
Posted originally on National Catholic Reporter.
Courage is an old-fashioned virtue that comes in many forms: physical, social and political. I have paid attention to it of late — both its absence and presence — in the hope that highlighting courage will make it multiply. A dose of courage would go a long way toward solving many ecclesial and civil problems.
Same-sex love is increasingly seen as part of human diversity, but ugly incidents continue to remind us that courage is still needed to love freely. Nicholas Coppola had been an active parish volunteer at St. Anthony’s Parish in Oceanside, N.Y. He visited the sick, taught, raised money, acted as a lector, even served at the altar as an out gay man. Then someone anonymously reported to the local bishop that Coppola had married his partner. Read more.
May 14, 2013
May 13 Congratulations, Clarafrancie Cromer!
Clarafrancie Cromer, a former WATER intern, received her M.Div. on May 13, 2013 from Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington, DC. Congratulations, Clarafrancie! Read more.
May 9, 2013
May 22 Teleconference with Marie M. Fortune, Jeanette Stokes, Mary E. Hunt, and Diann L. Neu
“A Century of Creative Feminist Leadership in Religion”
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
1 pm – 2 pm EDT
• In 1977, Marie M. Fortune founded FaithTrust Institute to mobilize faith communities to address sexual and domestic violence.
• In 1977, Jeanette Stokes founded the Resource Center for Women and Ministry in the South (RCWMS) to support women in and entering ministry and to weave feminism and spirituality into a vision of justice for the world.
• In 1983, Mary E. Hunt and Diann L. Neu founded the Women’s Alliance for Theology, Ethics and Ritual (WATER) in response to the need for theological, ethical, and liturgical development for and by women.
Together, these modest non-profit organizations have logged more than a century of progressive feminist work for justice. Read more.
May 7, 2013
April 16 Pope Francis and the American Sisters by Mary E. Hunt
The 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. Read more.
April 19, 2013
July 3-4 A Spiritual Gathering For All Women: Claiming Our Roots, Nourishing Our Branches
Wednesday, 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: https://conv2013.dignityusa.org/civicrm/event/info?id=41&reset=1.
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)
email@example.com or 301.589.2509 Read more.
April 19, 2013
April 16 Article about Mary E. Hunt posted on Jann Aldredge-Clayton’s Blog
Click 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. Read more.
April 18, 2013
April 13 “Con la sobreactuación caritativa no alcanza” por Guadalupe Treibel con Mary E. Hunt
La reconocida teóloga y filósofa feminista norteamericana Mary E. Hunt, fundadora y directora de Women’s Alliance for Theology, Ethics and Ritual (WATER), explica a Damiselas qué pasa con la Iglesia y las mujeres y analiza cómo será el mandato de Jorge Bergoglio para las políticas de –verdadera– inclusión y cambio social.
Cual politeísmo bien aceitado, el país pide ídolos de cualquier tipo y pelaje, y adora indiscriminadamente una gambeta, una monarquía, un patriarcado. Qué misericordiosa la argentinidad, orgullosa de que tal use sandalias sin bling bling y trajecitos sacerdotales sin diseño de lujo, de que pida por la humildad, de que bese (¡y abrace!) a feligreses enfilados, de que lave los pies de los menores encarcelados. Pero, ¿ahora qué pasa? Mejor dicho, ¿pasa algo? Porque más allá de las minucias cotidianas (que el diariero, que el subte, que el arrodillarse y recibir a fulano, mengano y perengano), el otrora Bergoglio y hoy Francisco a secas termina de entronizarse en una institución eternamente patriarcal que, en su afán de boys club, al propio Cristo ha desatendido por los siglos de los siglos. Read more.
April 15, 2013
Feminist Liberation Theologians’ Network Report of the November 16, 2012 Meeting, Chicago, Illinois by Mary E. Hunt & Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza
The Feminist Liberation Theologians’ Network met in conjunction with the Annual Meetings of the American Academy of Religion and the Society of Biblical Literature on November 16, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. More than fifty colleagues from a dozen countries gathered for conversation and strategizing. With the leadership of Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza and Mary E. Hunt, the group looked critically at how members live out their feminist liberation theological commitments in their daily lives. Four colleagues provided concrete examples. Small group discussion and a lively plenary session followed.
April 15, 2013
Join Us in Celebrating WATER’s 30th Anniversary, 1983-2013
Pour yourself a glass of water, and join us in toasting WATER’s 30th Anniversary!
Raise your glass, and give thanks that thirty years ago Divine Wisdom called us to gather a dozen women, respond to a need, and create WATER. Cheers!
Drink to our donors, starting with the Loretto Community that gave us our first grant. Include yourself and others who give WATER life by generous partnership. Mabuhay!
Toast the forty-seven interns who have graced WATER for training and the many visiting scholars and ministers who have written sermons, articles, books, and theses at WATER. They are proof that the Alliance is dynamic and growing. לחיים L’chaim!
Raise a glass (she preferred tea) to Carol Murdock Scinto, our longtime editor and colleague. She has gone to eternal rest, but our Resource Center is her legacy. Cheerio!
Toast our colleagues in the Women-Church Convergence, the Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion, the National Religious Leadership Roundtable, the Center for Women and Ministry in the South, Con-spirando, the FaithTrust Institute, and so many more. They are among the many with whom we collaborate in our struggles for justice. Santé!
Clink your glass to our teleconference speakers and Feminist Liberation Theologians’ Network whose scholarship and activism inspire, challenge, and nourish generations. ¡Salud!
Toast the authors of the more than 6,000 books in our Resource Center and the publishers who send review copies so we can promote creative work in the field. Zum Wohl!
Raise your glass to all who collaborate with WATER to strengthen their organizations, design conferences, produce publications, write books, broadcast social media, counsel, create rituals, and dream dreams. 干杯 gān bēi!
Toast the first thirty years of programs and projects, rituals and publications by a vibrant WATER Alliance. Sláinte!
Drink to the future of WATER, and send your generous gift for our 30th Anniversary to power future generations! To your health!
Thank you for joining us in the celebration of WATER for our 30th Anniversary.