Engage is about bringing together and raising up Christian women for public engagement.

  • Engage with professional development for more effective and imaginative public engagement

  • Engage with ideas from leading Christian thinkers, creatives and professionals

  • Engage into a space for deep theological reflection, robust discussion and genuine community

We welcome all women to join us! Scroll below for upcoming events.

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Enquiries: annette@deaconessministries.org.au


past events

Christian ethics and public engagement: the current euthanasia debate



Dr Megan Best is a researcher, bioethicist and palliative care doctor. She currently works in the psycho-oncology department at the University of Sydney and at the Institute for Ethics & Society at The University of Notre Dame Australia. She has worked in health ethics for over 20 years and is passionate about encouraging the Christian public to live out their faith in the choices they make in medical care.

At this Engage lunch, Megan will share with us her knowledge and experience in Christian ethics and public engagement, focussing in particular on the example of the current euthanasia debate. Even though the majority of the public are supportive of a change in the law to permit euthanasia, the majority of palliative care workers are opposed. During this discussion, Megan will discuss end of life care in Australia and explore reasons for this mismatch in opinions. She will then talk about a Biblical response to supporting those people who are suffering at the end of life.


Flourishing in Public Life: Navigating the challenges of academia, gender and work-life balance



Our speaker will be Dr. Erin Wilson, who is the Director of the Centre for Religion, Conflict, and the Public Domain, and Associate Professor Politics and Religion at the University of Groningen. Erin has published on religion and global justice, globalisation, active citizenship and the politics of asylum. She has most recently edited the volume, “The Refugee Crisis and Religion” (2017). Her expertise is in the area of religion and politics, secularism, refugees and forced migration, human rights, development, global justice, globalisation.

Getting Read: Writing for publication



This workshop is particularly targeting participants who are working on a potentially publishable piece of writing, and will be limited to 20 participants. During this retreat, we will practise the strategies of highly productive writers, discuss challenges to your writing, strategies you have found useful, and also your specific writing goals. The day will consist of writing blocks punctuated by short input sessions and opportunities for small group feedback.

Booklet and a catered lunch is provided. This Engage Retreat will be held at ADM’s Sydney offices.


ENGAGE LUNCH: To write or not to write? Public Christianity and ‘tone’

Speaker: Natasha Moore (Research Fellow, Centre for Public Christianity)

Monday, 17 July 2017

A roundtable lunch with our guest speaker, Dr Natasha Moore. At this Engage lunch, Natasha will talk about how to choose our battles when speaking into a polarised public square. She’ll help us think about ‘tone’ – how we come across to others and what to consider when weighing in on public debate. Participants are encouraged to bring some ideas about how their own work and expertise might feed into the public conversation, and we will spend some time talking informally about some of those ideas.

About Natasha Moore

Natasha is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Public Christianity (CPX). She studied languages at the University of Sydney, then completed a PhD in English Literature at the University of Cambridge. She is the author of ‘Victorian Poetry and Modern Life: The Unpoetical Age’, and editor of ‘10 Tips for Atheists ... and other conversations in faith and culture’. She has worked at CPX for 3 years and has written for the mainstream media on topics that include books, movies, politics, food, domestic violence, Scripture in schools, war, Thanksgiving, and freedom of speech.

ENGAGE LUNCH: Lean In - a discussion of women, work and leadership


Wednesday, June 28, 2017

A roundtable lunch with our guest speaker, Melissa Lipsett. At this Engage lunch, Melissa will share with us some ideas from Sheryl Sandberg’s famous book Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead, which “offers practical advice to help women achieve their goals”. Join us for what is sure to be a lively time of conversation and debate, as Melissa helps us explore these ideas as Christian women. 

About Melissa Lipsett

Melissa is the Chief Operations Officer of Bible Society Group, which includes Bible Society Australia, Centre for Public Christianity, Eternity News, and Koorong Christian bookshops. Prior to serving with Bible Society she was the Executive Minister of a large evangelical church on the Gold Coast. Melissa loves to encourage women to use the very real gifts God has given them.

Engage Masterclass



Tuesday, 30 May, 2017

A two-hour Engage Masterclass on social media, presented by Kirryn Zerna. Kirryn will give us an intensive crash course in 'How to become an expert in your field'.

Social media proves the perfect tool to position your brand as an expert in your field so that people trust you, want to work with you and in time, to rave about you.

In this session we’ll go through simple steps that you can apply immediately.

What you’ll learn:
- What three pieces of content will help you stand out in the crowd
- Doing this one thing makes your branding more memorable
- How to set up a system to keep you here for the long game

About Kirryn Zerna

Kirryn Zerna has worked with small and large businesses to create remarkable brand communications for over a decade, and now she builds that capability into the organisations that she works with. She combines her deep experience in corporate communications and copy writing with the latest research of social media management in order to deliver a tailored approach for her clients. Kirryn was recently awarded the 2017 Kerrie Nairn Scholarship by Professional Speakers Australia to assist the development of an emerging speaker to become an outstanding professional leader.

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Engage Lunch

Speaker: Kara Martin (Project Leader, Seed & Lecturer, MAC)

Back to the Reformation

Join us on 27 April 2017 for a roundtable lunch with our guest speaker, Kara Martin.

At this Engage lunch, Kara will provoke us to consider whether we should head “Back to the Reformation” when it comes to our thinking on vocation. She writes that “Luther saw every job as sacred, and no divide between spiritual acts and everyday activities. We need to recapture
this biblical truth which graced every believer with dignity and the opportunity to participate in God's work.” A good half of our time with Kara will be dedicated to discussion, allowing us to workshop what she suggests as a model for thinking about our own work and public engagement. A catered lunch will be provided. RSVP is essential.

About Kara Martin
Kara is Project Leader with Seed, lecturer with Mary Andrews College, and was formerly Associate Dean of the Marketplace Institute at Ridley College in Melbourne. She has worked in media and communications, human resources, business analysis and policy development roles, in a variety of organisations, and as a consultant. Kara is currently under contract to write a two-volume exploration of Workship: How to Use Your Work to Worship God.


Engage Lunch

Speaker: Scott Stephens (Editor, ABC Religion & Ethics)

Good News: The Character of Christian Witness in a Media-Saturated Age

Join us on 29 March 2017 for a roundtable lunch with our guest speaker, Scott Stephens.

At this Engage lunch, Scott will offer theological and moral reflection on the state of public discourse, and make some specific suggestions about the distinctive character and quality that Christian public engagement ought to have in our media-saturated age. A catered lunch will be provided. RSVP is essential.

About Scott Stephens
Scott is Editor of the ABC’s Religion and Ethics website, and specialist commentator on religion and ethics for ABC radio and television. Before coming to the ABC, Scott taught theology, ethics and Semitic studies for many years. He has published widely on moral philosophy, theology and political theory, and is currently writing a book on whether public ethics can survive in a media age.

Engage Masterclass

Speaker: Elizabeth Oldfield (Director, Theos)

Being Heard: Media Training Masterclass

Join us on 4 August 2016 for an intimate masterclass event with our 2016 ADM Visiting fellow, Elizabeth Oldfield.

Liz will share practical advice and skills from her experience. A light supper will be provided. RSVP is essential.

About Elizabeth Oldfield
Elizabeth is the Director of Theos, the UK's leading religion and society think tank. Before joining Theos in August 2011, she worked for the BBC in both television and radio, and also for the Church and Media Network. She has an MA in Theology from King's College London. 

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