Dr Webb’s professional career spans microbiology, business, public relations, writing, art and theology. She grew up in Brisbane, Australia and subsequently lived in Portsmouth, England and Rochester, Minnesota, USA. Val has a Ph.D. in theology and has taught at universities in the United States and Australia. During her time in Brisbane, she held leadership positions in the Uniting Church in Australia, including inaugural Chair of Queensland’s Commission of Education and Communication, responsible for theological and lay education and synod communication.
Val has written a number of books including In Defense of Doubt: an Invitation to Adventure (Chalice, 1995), Why We’re Equal: Introducing Feminist Theology (Chalice,1999), John’s Message: Good News for the New Millennium (Abingdon, 1999), Florence Nightingale: the Making of a Radical Theologian (Chalice, 2002), Like Catching Water in a Net: Human Attempts to Describe the Divine (Continuum New York & London, 2007, which won the “general religion” category of the USA Best books 2007 Awards), Stepping out with the Sacred: Human Attempts to engage the Divine (Continuum, 2010) and In Defence of Doubt: an invitation to adventure, 2nd edn. (Mosaic , 2012).