Sharwood Lectures

Sharwood Lectures in Church Law

The Sharwood 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.

Rev Dr Robert Derrenbacker, Dean of Trinity Theological School, Revd Dr Bruce Kaye AM, Prof Ken Hinchcliff, Warden and CEO of Trinity College, the Most Reverend Dr Philip Freier at the 2020 Melbourne Sharwood Lecture

L-R: Rev Dr Robert Derrenbacker, Dean of Trinity Theological School, Revd Dr Bruce Kaye AM, Prof Ken Hinchcliff, Warden and CEO of Trinity College, the Most Reverend Dr Philip Freier at the 2020 Melbourne Sharwood Lecture. Photo by Matt Phan.

The 2021 lecture, Will the ties that bind break under the strain? The future for the constitution of the Anglican Church of Australia was delivered by the Honourable Justice Debra Mullins AO. Justice Mullins is a judge of the Court of Appeal of the Supreme Court of Queensland. Since 2014 she has been the Chancellor of the Diocese of Brisbane, having previously served as Deputy Chancellor since 2004. Justice Mullins is the Chair of the Church Law Commission of the General Synod of the Anglican Church of Australia.

The 2020 lecture, From Colonial Chaplaincy to Responsible Governance: The Anglican Church of Australia and Ecclesiology was delivered by the Revd Dr Bruce Kaye AM. Dr Kaye is currently an Adjunct Research Professor in the Centre for Public and Contextual Theology, Charles Sturt University.

The 2019 lecture, Anglican Canon law: Identity, ecclesiology and ecumenism was delivered by Professor Mark Hill, QC from England, where he is the chancellor of several dioceses. Prof Hill has published widely in ecclesiastical law.

The first Sharwood Lecture, Clergy status in the age of the Royal Commission, was delivered in 2018 by the Hon Keith Mason, AC, QC.