A leading voice for feminist theological scholarship and a hospitable hub for engagement with feminist approaches within Australia and the region.
The Australian Collaborators in Feminist Theologies network aims to consolidate and energise the University’s commitment to the participation of women and feminist scholars in the academy and the wider church. By fostering and forwarding feminist voice and vision we aim to promote Gospel justice by addressing issues relating to gender equality, class, race, sexuality, and ability.
The network is supported by the University of Divinity, Melbourne, Australia, under its Strategic Goal 3: Feminist Theologies:
To be a centre of excellence in feminist theological scholarship and in mentoring academics so as to challenge and transform patriarchal structures and assumptions in the academy, church, and wider world.
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Meet our team
In 2015, there was an initial meeting with representation from six of the University’s colleges (Whitley College, Trinity College Theological School, Sentir (then, now Jesuit College of Spirituality), Pilgrim Theological College, Stirling Theological College, and Catholic Theological College) to assess the interest in formal, feminist, theological engagement within the context of the University of Divinity. In 2016, members informally organised guest lectures from Sarah Coakley and Gene Robinson when they were visiting Melbourne. During this time there were regular meetings of interested parties.
The decision was made early on to call this group “Australian Collaborators in Feminist Theologies” to establish that there was a wide variety of disciplines, perspectives, denominations, and theological practices present. Collaboration has been a fundamental mode of operation that reflects feminist ideals.
We are an ecumenical, scholarly group that has formed partnerships across University of Divinity colleges and into other networks around Australia.
- An edited volume of 12 essays in Fortress Academic’s Decolonizing Theology.
- An edited volume of the 9-10 papers on feminist (and related) biblical criticisms from the May 2018 conference with a foreward by Phyllis Trible. Editors are Reverend Associate Professor Monica Melanchthon and Reverend Dr Robyn Whitaker. Publisher to be determined, but will be international and academic in focus.