Ridley Women

For several years, a group of academic women have been collaborating on various initiatives to inspire and support women in Christian ministry. Working under the support of Ridley College, the network has developed initiatives that encourage and equip women in their Christian ministry. There are three main initiatives the network has undertaken including:

  1. Evangelical Women in Academia Conference
  2. Women’s Preaching Network
  3. Women’s Writing Group Network

In addition to the conferences, regular ongoing activities focus on building up preaching and writing skills through lively, interactive group sessions and networks.

The committee spearheading these initiatives includes Hannah Craven, Diane Hockridge, and Jill Firth who each contribute their skills and experience.

Whilst the sessions are mostly based in Melbourne, we encourage women from across the country and beyond to participate. Virtual attendance and recordings of sessions are available for some activities. The sessions are also recorded with links to relevant resources.

The initiatives are supported by many female volunteers. To be involved, please email the College,

Please note that the networks have been created as initiatives to support women, therefore only women may participate/become members of the various networks.

Evangelical Women in Academia Network

The Evangelical Women In Academia network connects, inspires and develops female theological students, lecturers, tutors, and ministry practitioners in the church and world.
We hold a conference in Melbourne, Australia annually in which women from across the world gather.

Evangelical Women in Academia Conference 2023 | Beauty As Witness
Date: 28-29 July 2023
Time: Friday Evening (7 pm- 9 pm) - Saturday (9 am - 5 pm)
Location: Ridley College + Livestream Sat Only

Beginning in 2017, Ridley’s biennial EWA conference seeks 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 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 the opportunity to learn from a wonderful lineup of Australian Christian women HDR students, academics, writers, and practitioners. 

Get your tickets here:

Women's Writing Network
The Women’s Preaching Network

Ridley Women Resources

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Making technology a tool for a truly good life

This article was originally published in The Melbourne Anglican August 2021 issue. In the 1940s and ’50s, mathematician Dr Grace Hopper led teams of pioneers in early computing. Now almost all of us carry advanced computers in our hands, but prior to Grace Hopper’s work, most believed computers were only useful for calculations and mathematicians. Read more

Jill Firth

Reflections from the other half

This post was originally published on 30 September 2020 in the official blog for the Logos Institute of Analytic and Exegetical Theology at the University of St Andrews. I was born in Melbourne and have lived in Sydney and Perth, and in rural Western Australia, before spending a year in a remote community on Groote Read more


Responding to Domestic and Family Violence Launch

Ridley College is committed to training Christians for God’s mission in the world. With recent findings discovered in the National Anglican Family Violence Project 2021, Ridley College is also committed to training men and women to respond sensitively and appropriately to those suffering from domestic abuse. Recent research commissioned by the National Anglican Family Violence Read more

Grounded in the Body, in Time and Place, in Scripture: Papers by Australian Women Scholars in Evangelical Tradition.

Our book Grounded in the Body, in Time and Place, in Scripture now available for purchase! Please visit the book website, for more information on where to purchase it from.

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Edited by Jill Firth and Denise Cooper-Clarke

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