Christians for Biblical Equality


Our Annual meeting and workshop was held on May 25, 2013 at St Thomas' Burwood.

Audio of the main talk by Jim Reiher can be found here (11MB) and his PPT here.

Jim's Workshop audio can be found here (15MB) and his PPT here.

Rebecca Walkers notes for her workshop: New Testament Woman : Rebecca looked at how the sociocultural backgrounds of women in the New Testament shaped their roles in the early church. She argued that there is no such thing as an “ideal New Testament woman” intended as a model for 21st century women.

Kevin Giles paper on The Trinity and Women is here.

Matt Williams' paper on 1 Peter 2&3 is here

JIM REIHER was trained and worked as a school teacher. He then became a lecturer at Tabor Theological College, then for 5 years worked for Urban Neighbour of Hope as their training coordinator. He now works for Access ministries as a regional support manager supporting 60 school chaplains.

REBECCA WALKER serves with the Salvation Army producing a variety of resources to support the ministry and mission of 520 ministers across Australia. She has a Bachelor of Theology from Tabor College.

MP3 Recordings of most sessions at the 2010 International CBE Conference are now available on our Conference 2010 speakers page. These are lower quality audio files to reduce their size (most are now around 12-13MB). CD's of higher quality recordings can be ordered from Idea Ripple - click on this link.


Recordings are available for those sessions with a link to the audio file.

Dr Graham Cole Better together: The Biblical Ideal  audio

Dr Funmi Para-Mallam Social Justice for Women and Girls in Africa: Issues, Challenges and Ministry Strategies  audio

Dr Kevin Giles Jesus and women audio

Dr Cheryl Catford Riding the third wave: Biblical Equality in the Twenty-First Century audio

  • Conference opening speaker.  audio


General Eva BurrowsGeneral Eva Burrows became the world leader of The Salvation Army in 1986, only the second woman to hold that position.  She served as General for seven years, administering the Salvation Army's religious and charitable work in 100 countries.  Significant during this period was the re-establishment of The Salvation Army in Russia and other former communist countries.  Over the years she has addressed meetings and preached in more than 70 countries.

  • Conference Dinner Speaker audio

Jessie Taylor is an outstanding young Australian. She is a distinguished honours graduate in Law and Arts who has travelled widely in Europe and South East Asia. She has a passion for social justice and is particularly concerned with the plight of refugees. She is chair, Law Institute of Victoria, Refugee Law Reform Committee, secretary, Liberty Victoria, chair the Working Group on Submission to Inquiry into Immigration Detention, a committee member of the Mazar Development Fund among other things. In 2008 she was chosen by Rotary as ‘The Young Achiever of the Year’. What is particularly significant is her hands-on involvement in the lives of refugees. For years she regularly visited refugees in detention centres in Australia seeking to help detainees.  Last year she visited refugees in detention camps in Indonesia and she lives in a communal home that takes in young Afghan refugees. Jessie is actively involved in St Hilary’s Kew.

To hear audio recordings of Keynote addresses and workshops from the conference please go to our conference speakers page and click on the corresponding audio link.

Some of the Papers can be found at our conference articles page


In June 2010 we hosted the CBE International conference here in Victoria under the above title. The audio from the conference can be found on the Speakers page.

Our Keynote speakers included The Rev Dr Graham Cole, Professor of Biblical and Systematic Theology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Chicago,  Dr. Cheryl Catford National Director, Australian Evangelical Alliance, Dr Oluwafunmilayo (Funmi) Para-Mallam, Senior Research Fellow at the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru, Nigeria and the Rev Dr Kevin Giles, a pastor-theologian who has written widely on women in leadership, ministry in the apostolic age and the Trinity as model for mutually enriching relationships and church health.

See our Photo Album for photos of our conference


In a timely article published in The Age newspaper, 15 July 2009, former President of the United States and prominent American Christian Jimmy Carter has declared his concern ‘that womenand girls have been discriminated against for too long in a twisted interpretation of the word of God’ . These very concerns will be addressed in the CBE International Conference to

be held in Melbourne 11-14 June 2010, Better Together: Christian perspectives on gender, ethnicity, justice and servant leadership.  Read his article at The Age online

Kofi Annan, former Secretary General of the United Nations writes:
“Gender equality is more than a goal in itself. It is a precondition for meeting the challenge of reducing poverty, promoting sustainable development and building good governance.”

“More countries have understood that women's equality is a prerequisite for development.”
"A combination of famine and Aids is threatening the backbone of Africa, ­ the women who keep African societies going and whose work makes up the economic foundation of rural communities. For decades, we have known that the best way for Africa to thrive is to ensure that its women have the freedom, power and knowledge to make decisions affecting their own lives and those of their families and communities. In the United Nations, we have always understood that our work for development depends on building a successful partnership with the African farmer and her husband.
Study after study has shown that there is no effective development strategy in which women do not play a central role. When women are fully involved, the benefits can be seen immediately: families are healthier; they are better fed; their income, savings and reinvestment go up. And what is true of families is true of communities and eventually, of whole countries."

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