In March, Trinity College hosted the inaugural Robin Sharwood Lecture in Church Law before holding another lecture in conjunction with St James' Institute on Thursday 19 April 2018.
Hon Keith Mason, AC QC, President of the Appellate Tribunal of the Anglican Church of Australia delivered both lectures that addressed clergy status and how the church has dealt with misconduct. It also examined how the canon law approach has interacted with civil law processes, in the past and today.
The lecture series is named in honour of Dr Robin Sharwood, the fourth Warden of Trinity College, who passed away in 2015 at the age of 83.
In his will, Dr Sharwood bequeathed a share of his estate to Trinity College to establish and finance what he called The Sharwood Lectureship in Ecclesiastical Law.
Both events were attended by both legal experts and clergy, with large audiences at both lectures.
Scott Charles, Director of Advancement at Trinity College, and the Revd Canon Professor Dorothy Lee, Frank Woods Research Professor in New Testament both attended on behalf of the College in Sydney.
Former Warden of Trinity College and current Warden of St Paul’s Sydney, Dr Don Markwell, was on hand to introduce the Hon Keith Mason at St James' Church.
“He weaved in some lovely parallels between the speaker, Hon Keith Mason and Dr Robin Sharwood, who was the fourth Warden of Trinity College,” said Mr Charles.
“Robin would have been profoundly honoured and quietly delighted to see a lecture on this important subject given in his honour by this exceptional lecturer [Hon Keith Mason], hosted by Trinity and St James’ - and he would have welcomed also the link with St Paul’s College, with its long and close ties both with St James’ and with Trinity,” said Dr Markwell.
For a full copy of Dr Don Markwell’s transcript, please click here
For a full copy of Hon Keith Mason's lecture, please click here