Women's Alliance for Theology, Ethics and Ritual (WATER) Records

Span Dates: 1983-2004 and ongoing
Bulk Dates:
Volume: 7.5 linear feet


Women's Alliance for Theology, Ethics and Ritual Records consist of administrative records dating from the organization's inception in 1983, and includes extensive documentation of WATER programs in Latin America and in the U.S., its fundraising and outreach initiatives, its publications, and audiovisual records of its program speakers. The organization's commitment to justice and social activism through a feminist interpretation of theology, and its commitment to promoting women's full inclusion and participation in ecclesiastical ritual and hierarchy is also well documented. Periodic additions to collection are expected and may not be reflected in this record.

Hist/Bio Note

The Women's Alliance for Theology, Ethics and Ritual (WATER) was co-founded in Silver Spring, Maryland, in 1983 by Mary E. Hunt and Diann L.Neu in response to the need for theological, ethical, and liturgical development for and by women. It is a feminist educational center, working locally, nationally and internationally to bring about social justice through a feminist approach to theology and "promote the use of feminist values to make religious and social change." Mary E. Hunt is a feminist theologian and ethicist who writes and lectures extensively on liberation issues. Diann L. Neu is a feminist liturgist and psychotherapist who develops rituals and provides counseling for individuals, couples, and groups

Finding Aid

An inventory is available in Sophia Smith Collection offering box level control; additions to the collection expected.


This collection is available at Smith College Special Collections Neilson Library, 7 Neilson Drive Northampton, Massachusetts, 01063


Hunt, Mary E. | Neu, Diann L. | WATER (Women's Alliance for Theology, Ethics and Ritual) | Women and Religion | Women's spirituality | Theology