Theologising in the Shadow of a Pandemic

Call for Papers

Closing Date – 3 December 2021


TRN Conference

18 February – 19 February 2022


Sydney College of Divinity
Macquarie Park NSW 2113, Australia

2022 Theology Research Network (TRN) Conference

Theologising in the Shadow of a Pandemic

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. The Conference, Theologising in the Shadow of a Pandemic, is an opportunity to bring the resources of our faith traditions to bear, not to provide definitive answers but to explore these resources and share them both within our churches and with the larger society. 

In 2020 the SCD Theology Research Network commenced its two-year cycle of seminars on the topic, Theologising in the Shadow of a Pandemic. The presenters from the seminar series will present the keynote addresses.

Papers are now invited for concurrent sessions of the 2022 Conference, addressing different aspects of the topic. Preference will be given to specifically theological engagement with the topic—systematic, political, liberation, feminist, liturgical, ethical, pastoral, biblical, patristic, etc.

SCD 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), and provides a forum and focus for theological research.

There is no formal membership. As a network, it remains an informal and inclusive structure that welcomes diverse participation in conversations from a variety of perspectives.

the team




Assoc Prof Doru Costache

Associate Professor in Theology (Patristic Studies)
St Cyril’s Coptic Orthodox Theological College




Dr Xavier Lakshmanan

Dean of Research and Postgraduate Studies
Australian College of Christian Studies




Assoc Prof Peter Laughlin

Dean of the Alliance Institute for Mission & Academic Dean
Australian College of Ministries




Prof Neil Ormerod

Executive Officer (Research Analytics)
Sydney College of Divinity

The conference is an opportunity to bring the resources of our faith traditions to bear, not to provide definitive answers but to explore these resources and share them both within our churches and with the larger society. 

The first Theology Research Network Conference will be held at the Sydney College of Divinity.

Registration is Open

The TRN Conference is supported by a grant from the Australian Research Theology Foundation Inc.