WASHINGTON, Sept. 29 /U.S. Newswire/ — Women Church Convergence deplores the scandalous decision made by the President of the Washington Theological Union, Daniel McLellan, to prohibit the Women’s Alliance for Theology, Ethics and Ritual (WATER) from using Washington Theological Union’s space for their 20th anniversary celebration and the meeting of the Women-Church Convergence.
WATER is a feminist educational group that provides resources for religiously based social change. Women-Church Convergence is a network of Catholic-rooted feminist organizations of which WATER is a member.
What a great acronym which can ensure WATERed down theology. There vision of Church statement is pretty funny and includes this: Challenge kyriarchy and patriarchy In church and in society.
The word “kyriarchy” literally means “lordship.” It is described by Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza as a “neologism … coined to connote a complex systemic interstructuring of sexism, racism, classism and cultural-religious imperialism that has produced the Western ‘politics of Otherness.”‘ (Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza, “Feminist/Women Priests–An Oxymoron?”, New Women, New Church, Fall 1995, p. 18).