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Women's Alliance for Theology, Ethics and Ritual Records, 1983-2004 (ongoing)
6 boxes (7.5 linear ft.)
Collection number: MS 530

Abstract:
Religious organizations; Feminist advocacy organization. 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.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

Partially restricted access - contact the Sophia Smith Collection for more information.

Collection is stored offsite; researchers must give 48 hours advance notice.

Access to audiovisual materials may first require production of research copies.

Restrictions on use:

The Sophia Smith Collection owns copyright to the unpublished works by the creator of this collection. Copyright to materials created by others may be owned by those individuals or their heirs or assigns. Permission must be obtained to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use." It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights.

Sophia Smith Collection
Smith College
Northampton, MA

Historical 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.

[source: WATER Web site]

Scope and Contents of the Collection

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.

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Information on Use
Terms of Access and Use
Restrictions on access:

Partially restricted access - contact the Sophia Smith Collection for more information.

Collection is stored offsite; researchers must give 48 hours advance notice.

Access to audiovisual materials may first require production of research copies.

Restrictions on use:

The Sophia Smith Collection owns copyright to the unpublished works by the creator of this collection. Copyright to materials created by others may be owned by those individuals or their heirs or assigns. Permission must be obtained to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use." It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights.

Preferred Citation

Please use the following format when citing materials from this collection:

Women's Alliance for Theology, Ethics and Ritual Records, Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College, Northampton, Mass.

History of the Collection

The Women's Alliance for Theology, Ethics and Ritual Records were donated to the Sophia Smith Collection in 2005.

Accruals:

Periodic additions to collection are expected and may not be reflected in this record.

Processing Information

Processed by Burd Schlessinger, 2005.


Additional Information
Contact Information
Smith College Special Collections
Young Library
4 Tyler Drive
Northampton, MA 01063

Phone: (413) 585-2970
Fax: (413) 585-2886

Email: specialcollections@smith.edu
URL: https://www.smith.edu/libraries/special-collections
Language
English, Spanish


Search Terms
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Subjects
  • Feminist spirituality--History--Sources
  • Feminist theology--History--Sources
  • Hunt, Mary E., 1951-
  • Lesbians--United States--Biography--Sources
  • Liturgics--United States--History--Sources
  • Neu, Diann L., 1948-
  • Religions--Study and teaching--History--Sources
  • Women and religion--History--Sources
  • Women clergy--History--Sources
  • Women's Alliance for Theology, Ethics and Ritual--History
  • Women--International cooperation

Contributors
  • Neu, Diann L., 1948-
  • Hunt, Mary E., 1951-


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