During a period in Brisbane in the 1980's, Val held state and national positions in the Uniting Church in Australia, including Chair of the Queensland Synod Board for Education and Communication, and Superintendent of Communications and Resources for The Wesley Hospital.
Val has taught religious studies and world religions at universities in the United States and Australia and has written eleven books, including Florence Nightingale: the making of a radical theologian; In Defence of Doubt: an invitation to adventure; and Stepping out with the Sacred: human attempts to engage the Divine. Her book Like Catching Water in a Net: human attempts to describe the Divine won the "religion" category of the 2007 Best Books USA Awards. Val's latest book is Testing Tradition and Liberating Theology: finding your own voice (2015).
She has recently completed two speaking tours of progressive groups in the UK and continues her writing and speaking engagements here and overseas from her home in Mudgee, NSW where she and Maurice own an award-winning guesthouse (www.mudgeehomestead.com.au) run by one of their three children.