Like Catching Water in a Net: Human attempts to Describe the Divine

Like Catching Water in a Net: Human attempts to Describe the Divine

Val Webb Any discussion of the Unknowable is metaphorical and thus tentative, humanly imagined, limited and open-ended; and “truth” comes in many shapes and sizes, depending on where you stand. It is unhelpful to narrow God-talk to a few images, many of which not necessarily the major images in the sacred texts.  This book explores [...]

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Florence Nightingale: The Making of a Radical Theologian

Florence Nightingale: The Making of a Radical Theologian

At seventy, Florence Nightingale wrote to a close friend, “When very many years ago I planned a future, my one idea was not organizing a hospital but organizing a religion.” History did not listen to her. Everyone knows the Florence Nightingale who took nurses to the Crimean War and returned to found modern nursing.

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Why We’re Equal: Introducing Feminist Theology

Why We’re Equal: Introducing Feminist Theology

Few theologians can weave together history, theology, and biblical studies with such playful clarity and worldly wisdom as Val Webb. She invites us to take another look at the dreaded f-word — feminism –and shows it to be directly at the heart of Christian discipleship.”

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John’s Message: Good News for the New Millennium

John’s Message: Good News for the New Millennium

Val’s six studies take a refreshing look at the Gospel of John, opening up a whole new way of seeing this Gospel as a two-level story – the story of Jesus the man and the story of God.

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My Response to the Uniting Church in Australia Discussion Paper on Marriage

My Response to the Uniting Church in Australia Discussion Paper on Marriage

The Uniting Church in Australia is gathering information from its constituents to enable the church’s Doctrine Working Group to prepare a report to the Assembly Standing Committee to consider as a lead up to a statement on same-sex marriage.  The original paper is on the link: http://assembly.uca.org.au/search?q=marriage&Search This is my response, as a theologian, woman [...]

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A NEW BOOK – SECOND EDITION, IN DEFENCE OF DOUBT: AN INVITATION TO ADVENTURE

A NEW BOOK – SECOND EDITION, IN DEFENCE OF DOUBT: AN INVITATION TO ADVENTURE

IN DEFENCE OF DOUBT: AN INVITATION TO ADVENTURE AN UPDATED SECOND EDITION OF VAL WEBB’S POPULAR BOOK is now available www.mosaicresources.com.au The first edition of In Defence of Doubt was written 17 years ago and has been one of Val’s most popular books, particularly with those people who are first starting to ask questions about [...]

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Marcus Borg recommends Val Webb

Marcus Borg recommends Val Webb

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OAmh69lC1z0&utm_source=AZFCT+Newsletter&utm_campaign=a61d27ea2c-Borg_on_Webb6_2_2014&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_2dcdcd1ad4-a61d27ea2c-136116069 This is a lovely endorsement of my work from Marcus Borg when he was speaking in Phoenix in February this year.

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Clinical Pastoral Educators’ Conference, Melbourne, September 2014: Session 2, “Imagining the Divine”

This presentation was given by Dr Val Webb at the Clinical Pastoral Educators’ Conference, Melbourne, September 2014.  It was the second of two sessions, the first being on “Faith, Beliefs, Doubt and Theological Hospitality”. Session 2  Imagining the Divine Yesterday I spoke about affirming peoples’ doubts in our pastoral work.  Perhaps the biggest doubts for [...]

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“Faith, Beliefs and Theological Hospitality” – Clinical Pastoral Educators’ Conference, Melbourne, September 2014

This presentation was given at the Clinical Pastoral Educators’ Australian and New Zealand Annual Conference, Victoria, September 2014 Session 1: Faith, beliefs, doubts and theological hospitality. Dr Val Webb Today, I would like us to think about allowing our religious doubts to be owned and celebrated, while providing a hospitable theological space for both our [...]

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Sermon at Toorak Uniting Church, Melbourne September 14, 2014: “People of God?”

As I read the lectionary readings for today, an interesting question emerged for me from these rather eclectic stories spanning some 700 years of evolving biblical history.  Each of the stories basically asks: Who are the people of God, or, in reverse, whose God is God anyway – a question still being asked with evolving [...]

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