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 Jill Firth, Anthea McCall and Diane Hockridge, 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, info@ridley.edu.au.

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

Women's Writing Network

The Ridley Women's Writing Groups Network is open to any Christian women students, graduates, or others who are committed to improving their writing skills with the goal of the publication in popular or academic forums. The goal of the Network is to encourage women's writing for publication. We are currently running regular face-to-face and virtual writing groups.

Writing groups may include sessions of silent writing (Shut Up and Write), training in writing skills, discussion of writing, or peer review of participant's writing. Once each semester, we meet at Ridley for a meal, a Shut Up and Write session and conversation about our writing.
We also have a virtual writing group.

Campus writing group meetings are postponed until further notice. However, our virtual writing group is continuing to meet monthly via Zoom.

The Women’s Preaching Network
Evangelical Women in Academia Network


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, www.groundedbook.com.au for more information on where to purchase it from.

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