Friday + Saturday
Beginning in 2017, Ridley’s biennial EWA conference is a women only event seeking to platform, promote, encourage, train, equip, and inspire Christian women in academic work across Australia. This year’s conference keynotes are given by constructive theologian Dr Natalie Carnes (Baylor University) teaching on ethics, art, and poverty in Christian theology.
Friday’s event will feature Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artist and educator Safina Stewart, speaking about art, faith and indigenous spirituality. Safina will also lead us in some hands-on responsive creative work of our own.
In addition, short papers and workshops/seminars provide an opportunity to learn from a wonderful lineup of Australian Christian women HDR students, academics, writers, and practitioners.
Dr Natalie Carnes
Professor of Theology
Natalie Carnes is a constructive theologian interested in how Christian doctrine can speak to the complexities of modern life. Drawing on literary and visual works, she engages feminist theology, theology and the arts, and early Christian theology. She has published a number of articles and three books, the most recent of which is Motherhood: A Confession. Currently she is working on two manuscripts, one on the future of feminist theology and the other on poverty and art. Natalie trained at Harvard, University of Chicago, and Duke before coming to Baylor, where she is currently Professor of Theology and Affiliate Faculty in Women and Gender Studies.
Relationships and Storytelling Coordinator, Common Grace
Safina Stewart is a proud Wuthithi and Mabuiag Island woman who grew up cross-culturally in New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and Australia, and she draws from this rich heritage and experience to create stunning and meaningful artworks.
She has been an active member of her local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community through her art and family. She endeavours to develop and use her art in ways that encourages awareness, wholeness and hope.
Safina lives with her husband and three children in the Victorian coastal town of Wonthaggi on Bunurong Country. She also works with Common Grace as a relationships and storytelling coordinator.
This event is supported by the Australian College of Theology.