Grounded: in the Body, in Time and Place, in Scripture
Evangelical Women in Academia Conference

When: Saturday 3rd August, 2019, 8:30 am – 5 pm

Speakers: Dr Paula Gooder and Dr Jude Long

Early Bird: $90/ $50 Concession
Full Price (after 31 May): $110/$70 Concession

A conference in Melbourne to connect, inspire and develop female theological students, academics and ministry practitioners in the church and world.

Our 2019 conference ‘Grounded’ will reflect on the ways we are grounded, situated, anchored — in the body, in our Australian culture, land and history, in our academic disciplines, in Christ.

Keynote addresses by Dr Paula Gooder and Dr Jude Long will be followed by academic papers presented by conference delegates.


Dr Paula Gooder is a writer and lecturer in Biblical Studies. Her research areas focus on the writings of Paul the Apostle, with a particular focus on 2 Corinthians and on Paul’s understanding of the Body.  Her passion is to ignite people’s enthusiasm for reading the Bible today, by presenting the best of biblical scholarship in an accessible and interesting way.

Dr Jude Long is Vice Principal Educational Development at Melbourne School of Theology. Prior to that, she was the Principal of Nungalinya College in Darwin for 8 years. Nungalinya is a combined churches adult education college for Indigenous Australians providing theological training, music, media and literacy programmes. Jude has a passion for facilitating education that will transform the whole person and help learners to grow in their relationship with Christ.


Paula Gooder | The Body Beautiful?  Embodiment and Spirituality in the Writings of Paul
The word ‘spirituality’ is notoriously difficult to define or tie down. It is often used in a relatively vague way to refer to the inner relationship between one’s ‘spirit’ or ‘soul’ and God. The implication is that people only relate to God with their ‘inner’ being (the soul/spirit) and not with any other part of who they are.  But God created us with bodies. What role, therefore, do and should they play in our spirituality?  In this lecture, Paula Gooder will explore why the apostle Paul thought bodies were so important and what difference it might make if we were able to speak more confidently about their significance too.

Paula Gooder | Telling stories: On the importance of imagination in biblical interpretation.
One of Paula Gooder’s most recent books is Phoebe – A Story.  In it she engages in ‘historical imagination’ weaving a story about this remarkable woman from what we know from Romans, from Acts and from everyday life in Ancient Rome.  In this lecture, she will reflect on the process of writing this book and what we can learn about using imagination to understand the text better.

Jude Long | Grounded in Australia – Learning from our First Peoples
For the last 8 years, I was Principal of Nungalinya College, an Aboriginal Theological College in Darwin. Theoretically I worked as a teacher, but perhaps more accurately I should be described as a learner. While I have only glimpsed the richness of the contributions Aboriginal Christians can make to the Australian Church, I would like to share about two central concerns for our Aboriginal brothers and sisters – land and kinship. These are key ideas as we explore what it is to be grounded in this country and in relationships of all kinds.  However, perhaps even more significant is what we can learn from them about keeping Jesus at the centre and being grounded in Him alone.


Registration includes keynote addresses from Dr Paula Gooder and Dr Jude Long, plus morning and afternoon tea, lunch and over 20 electives of Biblical and theological reflection on embodiment, social identity, discipleship, leadership, workplace, theological education, worship, ethics, violence against women, and indigenous perspectives.

Saturday Conference

August 3, 2019

9am-5pm with Registration and coffee from 8.30am.

As well as the two keynote speakers, there will be four elective sessions, with a choice of papers. A program outline is included below or you can download details of the elective sessions:

Download Elective Sessions

8:30 Registration
9:00 Keynote 1 Paula Gooder, The Body Beautiful? Embodiment and Spirituality in the Writings of Paul
10:45 Elective Session 1
11:15 Morning Tea
11:35 Keynote 2 Jude Long, Grounded in Australia – Learning from our First Peoples
12:50 Lunch
1:40 Elective Session 2
2:15 Elective Session 3
2:50 Elective Session 4
3:20 Afternoon Tea
3:45 Keynote 3 Paula Gooder, Telling Stories: On the Importance of Imagination in Biblical Interpretation
5:00 Close


Friday Night

August 2, 2019

Prior to the Saturday conference there will be an informal women’s evening of personal stories on the theme ‘Grounded’.

Time: 7–9pm

Venue: Ridley College, 170 The Avenue, Parkville, VIC

Cost: $10, light refreshments included

We respectfully acknowledge the Wurundjeri People, who are the Traditional Owners of the land on which the Ridley College campus is built. Ridley College is an affiliated college with the Australian College of Theology, CRICOS Provider Code 02650E. © 2020 Copyright. All Rights Reserved.