Liturgy, Ritual, and Ceremony Planning
WATER, the Women’s Alliance for Theology, Ethics and Ritual, is a major force in the feminist liturgical movement. Diann L. Neu has been creating and celebrating feminist liturgies with communities locally, nationally, and internationally for more than thirty years.
WATER’s Liturgy, Ritual, and Ceremony Planning project is four-fold.
- We meet with individuals, couples, and groups to design and celebrate the liturgies, rituals, and ceremonies they need.
- We host a monthly women's ritual group at the WATER office.
- We publish liturgies in our newsletter, WATERwheel. We write books and articles of liturgies.
- We teach others how to create liturgies, rituals, and ceremonies.
Women are creating and celebrating feminist liturgies worldwide. These rituals strengthen women and empower them for personal healing and social change. These liturgies challenge religious communities to rethink the basics of religious practice: interpretations of scriptures, liturgical language and symbols, strictures applied only to women.
For decades women have brought feminism into faith communities, churches and cathedrals, synagogues and sacred circles. Many liturgists and theologians, women from every walk of life, some children and men, now participate in the feminist liturgical movement. Women-church communities and women’s spiritual support groups, sacred circles and small faith communities, worship services and prayer meetings celebrated by communities around the world are enriched by feminist ritual work.
Diann L. Neu
Women’s Alliance for Theology Ethics and Ritual
8121 Georgia Avenue
Silver Spring MD 20910
301-589-2509; Fax 301-589-3150; firstname.lastname@example.org