Theology Research Network

The Theology Research Network (TRN),  a network within the discipline area of Theology, was initiated in 2020 under the leadership of Professor Neil Ormerod. It exists to promote theological research within the Sydney College of Divinity. It draws together scholars from the diverse theological disciplines (systematics/doctrine, patristic, biblical theology, ethics, liturgy) within the SCD, and provides them with a forum and focus for theological research.

The TRN does not have a specific thematic focus but chooses topics of interest for study over a two-year timeframe. All members of the TRN will be invited to contribute from their own distinct perspective to the topic under consideration. While all faculty members within the SCD Theology discipline are specifically invited to participate in the TRN, that same invitation will be extended to all SCD faculty member who might be interested in the chosen topic.

At this stage there is no formal membership for the TRN. As a network it remains an informal and inclusive structure that welcomes diverse participation in our conversations from a variety of perspectives.

Current Project

The present Covid-19 pandemic has been the cause of massive social, economic, and religious dislocation. Its longer-term implications remain unclear. At this difficult time theologians have a responsibility to draw upon the sources of our faith to provide insights from our religious traditions from which people both inside and outside the church may draw hope and meaning. One of the strengths of the SCD in this regard is that it draws on various Christian faith traditions, Protestant, Catholic and Orthodox, bringing a richness to the reflections that can speak to a wider ecclesial audience.

For 2020-21, the TRN has commenced its two-year cycle of seminars on the topic, Theologising in the Shadow of a Pandemic. There will be six seminars operating through Zoom, three in each year. The Conference, Theologising in the Shadow of a Pandemic, will be held on 18 – 19 February, 2022.

Upcoming Events

TRN has events planned for the future. Once the details are confirmed it will be added here. If you have any questions, contact us.


Providence, Apocalypse, and the Pandemic

Prof Neil Ormerod


The paper by Prof Ormerod argues that our view of providence is inseparable from our basic trust in God, and explores what role COVID will have in human history.

Interiority and Recovery

Dr Sarah Bachelard


The paper by Dr Bachelard explores from a Christian perspective what the contribution might be in the literature of 'recovery' from COVID19.

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