“My book took more than three years to write. In the final 12 months, an ADM Senior Research Fellowship provided the space, community and resources to finally bring its vast cast of characters to light... The publication of The Bible in Australia marked the end of my Fellowship project, but the beginning of my venture into public conversation.” 

– Dr Meredith Lake (2017 ADM Senior Research Fellow, now the host of Soul Search on ABC Radio National)

 

The story so far

ADM began offering its year-long Fellowships and Senior Fellowships in 2017. In 2018, applications tripled, and we added month-long Summer Fellowships to our Program in order extend the benefits of ADM Fellowships to more women.

The research and creative projects of ADM Fellows have spanned across a wide variety of fields, including history, literature, theology, biblical studies, pastoral care, ministry, visual arts, music, theatre, psychology, parenting, sexual and reproductive health, biomedical engineering and education. ADM Fellows have worked on books, journal articles, compositions, plays, paintings, courses, workshops and talks.

It’s been a great delight to see, under God, the remarkable fruit the program has produced in just two short years from 2017-2019. There are many ways we could measure this impact on our city, our churches, and on individual Christian women and girls. One way to capture the impact of the program is by describing the prominent public roles that our Alumni have been able to secure. After completing their ADM Fellowships, the majority of our Fellows have been appointed to positions that set them on a trajectory for a lifetime of Christian public engagement. 

Did you know we’ve helped raise up the new Host of Soul Search on ABC Radio National, the Director of Asian Contextual Engagement with RICE Movement, a Lecturer in English Literature at Cardiff University, a Research Associate in Healthcare Ethics at the University of Notre Dame Australia, the winner of the 2017 Christian Book of the Year, the Area Specialist in Domestic & Family Violence at ADM, and the author of a disability inclusion manual being launched in partnership with the Sydney Anglican Diocese? Our Alumni have also been publishing books and articles, delivering invited keynote lectures, and appearing on TV and radio.

At ADM, we consider it a great honour to play a part in raising up Christian women to use their gifts to engage our culture with the good news of Jesus and do good in His world. We’re thrilled to see the see the public sphere being filled with the voices of more and more theologically-grounded, mature and generous Christian women.

 

Impact case-studies

Meredith’s story

“The publication of The Bible in Australia marked the end of my Fellowship project, but the beginning of my venture into public conversation. Going ‘public’ on this scale has been a new experience. It has required rather different skills to researching and writing a book of history. I’m especially thankful for the personal and professional development which ADM fostered.”

- MEREDITH LAKE, 2017 ADM Senior Research Fellow and now host of Soul Search on ABC Radio National.

Grace’s story

“The ADM Summer Fellowship came at a perfect time in order to propel and equip me to meet the challenges of providing an Asian Australian voice that points to Jesus. Now I feel like I’m getting a seat at the table, and gatekeepers are open to hearing that my work could help them. I’m so thankful for where God has put me now, and ADM played an instrumental role in getting me there.”

- GRACE LUNG, 2019 ADM Summer Fellow and now Director of Asian Contextual Engagement for RICE Movement.

Kirsten’s story

“I have appreciated the time to publish more papers, which adds to my ability to contribute in the field. This has also been a valuable time for thinking through future avenues. I have new impetus to continue writing and publishing.”

- KIRSTEN BIRKETT, 2018 ADM Senior Research Fellow and Lecturer at Oak Hill Theological College, London. During her Fellowship she wrote the bulk of a major new book on a theological approach to happiness.

 

The numbers at a glance

ADM has so far hosted two cohorts of year-long Fellows (5 in 2017, and 5 in 2018) and two cohorts of month-long Summer Fellows (5 in 2018, and 3 in 2019). These wonderful and diverse cohorts of Christian women have directly produced a remarkable array of concrete outputs from their Fellowships. Here’s a snapshot:

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ADM Fellows in the Media

The Pursuit of Christian Happiness      Moore College Centre for Christian Living (CCL) podcast    1 April, 2019  Kirsten Birkett, 2018 ADM Senior Research Fellow, was a featured guest on the Moore College Centre for Christian Living (CCL) podcast.

The Pursuit of Christian Happiness

Moore College Centre for Christian Living (CCL) podcast
1 April, 2019

Kirsten Birkett, 2018 ADM Senior Research Fellow, was a featured guest on the Moore College Centre for Christian Living (CCL) podcast.

Breakthrough on teaching theology through Indigenous eyes      Eternity News   9 April, 2019  An agreement is signed between NAIITS: An Indigenous Learning Community, Whitley College and the University of Divinity. Brooke Prentis, 2019 ADM Senior Fellow, is a founding NAIITS board member.

Breakthrough on teaching theology through Indigenous eyes

Eternity News
9 April, 2019

An agreement is signed between NAIITS: An Indigenous Learning Community, Whitley College and the University of Divinity. Brooke Prentis, 2019 ADM Senior Fellow, is a founding NAIITS board member.

Just how happy is Australia, exactly?      Eternity News   4 April, 2019  Author: Dr Kirsten Birkett, 2018 ADM Senior Research Fellow

Just how happy is Australia, exactly?

Eternity News
4 April, 2019

Author: Dr Kirsten Birkett, 2018 ADM Senior Research Fellow

The Good Samaritan      Common Grace’s Lent Teaching Series   13 March, 2019  Brooke Prentis, 2019 ADM Senior Fellow, shares a powerful reflection, inviting us to see our neighbour who is hurting and who does not feel loved.

The Good Samaritan

Common Grace’s Lent Teaching Series
13 March, 2019

Brooke Prentis, 2019 ADM Senior Fellow, shares a powerful reflection, inviting us to see our neighbour who is hurting and who does not feel loved.

Making Sense of Sensory Language in the Gospel of John      Sydney College of Divinity, Annual Lecture   April, 2019  Dr Louise Gosbell, 2017 ADM Senior Research Fellow has been invited to give the 2019 SCD Annual Lecture.

Making Sense of Sensory Language in the Gospel of John

Sydney College of Divinity, Annual Lecture
April, 2019

Dr Louise Gosbell, 2017 ADM Senior Research Fellow has been invited to give the 2019 SCD Annual Lecture.

The Rock on Top: From  King Kong  to Dwayne Johnson’s  Skyscraper       LA Review of Books    8 April, 2019   Author: Dr Alix Beeston, 2017 ADM Senior Research Fellow

The Rock on Top: From King Kong to Dwayne Johnson’s Skyscraper

LA Review of Books
8 April, 2019

Author: Dr Alix Beeston, 2017 ADM Senior Research Fellow

The Drum, Friday March 29      ABC The Drum   29 March, 2019  Brooke Prentis, 2019 ADM Senior Fellow made her second appearance on ABC’s The Drum.

The Drum, Friday March 29

ABC The Drum
29 March, 2019

Brooke Prentis, 2019 ADM Senior Fellow made her second appearance on ABC’s The Drum.

“As Long as it’s Healthy: What can we learn from early Christianity’s resistance to infanticide and exposure?      ABC Religion and Ethics     13 March, 2019  Author: Louise Gosbell, 2017 ADM Senior Research Fellow

“As Long as it’s Healthy: What can we learn from early Christianity’s resistance to infanticide and exposure?

ABC Religion and Ethics
13 March, 2019

Author: Louise Gosbell, 2017 ADM Senior Research Fellow

Re-Imagining Calling For Women in the Christian Framework      ABC Radio National: Soul Search   February, 2019  ADM 2017 Senior Research Fellow Dr Meredith Lake, host of  Soul Search , interviewed Katelyn Beaty, speaker at ADM’s 2019 School of Theology, Culture & Public Engagement.

Re-Imagining Calling For Women in the Christian Framework

ABC Radio National: Soul Search
February, 2019

ADM 2017 Senior Research Fellow Dr Meredith Lake, host of Soul Search, interviewed Katelyn Beaty, speaker at ADM’s 2019 School of Theology, Culture & Public Engagement.

Unravelling the Tapestry      Meanjin   Summer, 2018  Author: Emma Pitman, 2019 ADM Creative Fellow

Unravelling the Tapestry

Meanjin
Summer, 2018

Author: Emma Pitman, 2019 ADM Creative Fellow

Brooke Prentis says Championing the Achievements of British Colonisation is Stunting the Growth of Australia      ABC’s The Drum   26 January 2019  About: Brooke Prentis, 2019 ADM Senior Fellow

Brooke Prentis says Championing the Achievements of British Colonisation is Stunting the Growth of Australia

ABC’s The Drum
26 January 2019

About: Brooke Prentis, 2019 ADM Senior Fellow

How Christians can Unpack the Baggage of Colonialism this Australia Day      Soul Search, ABC     29 January, 2019  About: Dr Meredith Lake, 2017 ADM Senior  Research Fellow

How Christians can Unpack the Baggage of Colonialism this Australia Day

Soul Search, ABC
29 January, 2019

About: Dr Meredith Lake, 2017 ADM Senior
Research Fellow

Women: Don't miss out on the 'goodness of work'      Eternity News   24 January, 2019  About: Katelyn Beaty, speaker at ADM’s 2019 School of Theology, Culture & Public Engagement

Women: Don't miss out on the 'goodness of work'

Eternity News
24 January, 2019

About: Katelyn Beaty, speaker at ADM’s 2019 School of Theology, Culture & Public Engagement

A Universal Problem      Common Grace’s Advent Series   6 December, 2019  Author: Grace Lung, 2019 ADM Summer Fellow

A Universal Problem

Common Grace’s Advent Series
6 December, 2019

Author: Grace Lung, 2019 ADM Summer Fellow

Love Thy Neighbour?      Eternity News     6 November, 2018    About: Dr Meredith Lake, 2017 ADM Senior Research Fellow

Love Thy Neighbour?

Eternity News
6 November, 2018

About: Dr Meredith Lake, 2017 ADM Senior Research Fellow

User's Guide to Sex and Pregnancy      Eternity News   7 September, 2018  About: Monica Cook, 2018 ADM Senior Research Fellow

User's Guide to Sex and Pregnancy

Eternity News
7 September, 2018

About: Monica Cook, 2018 ADM Senior Research Fellow

The Crazy Appeal of a Foreign Story      The Gospel Coalition   3 September, 2018  Author: Grace Lung, 2019 ADM Summer Fellow

The Crazy Appeal of a Foreign Story

The Gospel Coalition
3 September, 2018

Author: Grace Lung, 2019 ADM Summer Fellow

2018 Sparklit Australian Book of the Year: The Bible in Australia      SparkLit Australia   23rd August 2018  About: Dr Meredith Lake, 2017 ADM Senior Research Fellow

2018 Sparklit Australian Book of the Year: The Bible in Australia

SparkLit Australia
23rd August 2018

About: Dr Meredith Lake, 2017 ADM Senior Research Fellow

Why our Declining Biblical Literacy Matters       The Conversation      16th April 2018  About: Dr Meredith Lake, 2017 ADM Senior Research Fellow Author: Dr Meredith Lake

Why our Declining Biblical Literacy Matters


The Conversation

16th April 2018

About: Dr Meredith Lake, 2017 ADM Senior Research Fellow
Author: Dr Meredith Lake

The Bible in Australia Review: Meredith Lake's big story of the big book      Sydney Morning Herald    18th May 2018  About: review of 'The Bible in Australia: A Cultural History' by Dr Meredith Lake, 2017 ADM Senior Research Fellow

The Bible in Australia Review: Meredith Lake's big story of the big book

Sydney Morning Herald
18th May 2018

About: review of 'The Bible in Australia: A Cultural History' by Dr Meredith Lake, 2017 ADM Senior Research Fellow

How does Bible literacy fit into Australian Society?      Religion and Ethics Report, presented by Andrew West (Radio National, ABC)    9th May 2018  Author: Meredith Lake, 2017 ADM Senior Research Fellow

How does Bible literacy fit into Australian Society?

Religion and Ethics Report, presented by Andrew West (Radio National, ABC)
9th May 2018

Author: Meredith Lake, 2017 ADM Senior Research Fellow

Under our Skin: The Bible in Australia      ABC Religion and Ethics     6 April 2018  Author: Meredith Lake, 2017 ADM Senior Research Fellow

Under our Skin: The Bible in Australia

ABC Religion and Ethics
6 April 2018

Author: Meredith Lake, 2017 ADM Senior Research Fellow

Review: The Bible in Australia      Eternity News      30th March 2018  About: review of 'The Bible in Australia: A Cultural History' by Dr Meredith Lake, 2017 ADM Senior Research Fellow

Review: The Bible in Australia

Eternity News
30th March 2018

About: review of 'The Bible in Australia: A Cultural History' by Dr Meredith Lake, 2017 ADM Senior Research Fellow

It’s Australia’s History as You’ll Never Read in  High School      Eternity News   5th April 2018  About: review of 'The Bible in Australia: A Cultural History' by Dr Meredith Lake, 2017 ADM Senior  Research Fellow

It’s Australia’s History as You’ll Never Read in
High School

Eternity News
5th April 2018

About: review of 'The Bible in Australia: A Cultural History' by Dr Meredith Lake, 2017 ADM Senior
Research Fellow

Art on Mars Hill      The Conversation     Feb 2018  About: Jo Chew, 2017 ADM Creative Fellow Issue 88, p.7

Art on Mars Hill

The Conversation
Feb 2018

About: Jo Chew, 2017 ADM Creative Fellow Issue 88, p.7

Disability and the Body of Christ      Insights Magazine     4th January 2018  Author: Louise Gosbell, 2017 ADM Senior  Research Fellow

Disability and the Body of Christ

Insights Magazine
4th January 2018

Author: Louise Gosbell, 2017 ADM Senior
Research Fellow

Prayers of a Legendary Mystic Reborn      Eternity News   16th April 2018  About: Robyn Wrigley-Carr, 2017 ADM Summer  Research Fellow

Prayers of a Legendary Mystic Reborn

Eternity News
16th April 2018

About: Robyn Wrigley-Carr, 2017 ADM Summer
Research Fellow

Is Hollywood’s Fashionable Politics Just a Screen for Its Lack of Moral Substance?      ABC: The Minefield     October 2017  About: Alissa Wilkinson, 2017 ADM Visiting Fellow

Is Hollywood’s Fashionable Politics Just a Screen for Its Lack of Moral Substance?

ABC: The Minefield
October 2017

About: Alissa Wilkinson, 2017 ADM Visiting Fellow

Women are Key to Changing How We View Females On-screen      Eternity News     11th October 2017  About: Alissa Wilkinson, 2017 ADM Visiting Fellow

Women are Key to Changing How We View Females On-screen

Eternity News
11th October 2017

About: Alissa Wilkinson, 2017 ADM Visiting Fellow

The Drum      ABC News   October 2017  About: Alissa Wilkinson, 2017 ADM Visiting Fellow

The Drum

ABC News
October 2017

About: Alissa Wilkinson, 2017 ADM Visiting Fellow

‘What can Movies and TV Teach Christians?      Eternity News (Sponsored)   September 2017  About: Alissa Wilkinson, 2017 ADM Visiting Fellow Author: Alix Beeston, 2017 ADM Senior Research Fellow

‘What can Movies and TV Teach Christians?

Eternity News (Sponsored)
September 2017

About: Alissa Wilkinson, 2017 ADM Visiting Fellow
Author: Alix Beeston, 2017 ADM Senior Research Fellow