Diocesan Doctrine Commission


        The Diocesan Doctrine Commission prepares reports on important theological issues confronting the Diocese. 

        A report is initiated when the Archbishop, Synod or Standing Committee requests a theologically-informed consideration of a particular matter. Once completed, the report is presented to the requesting body, and is usually then published on the Commission's website.

        A report requested by the Synod will first be presented to the Standing Committee for discussion and response, before being presented to Synod. A requesting body may ask that further work be done, or potentially reject a report, but the requesting body will not be invited to amend a report.

        Once a report has been received by the requesting body, it will be made publicly available unless otherwise requested. A note will be added to the published report, commenting on its reception and status.


        Constitution and Current Membership

        The Doctrine Commission was constituted by the Archbishop as a result of a request from Synod in 1981 and consists of ten members appointed by the Archbishop every three years in consultation with the Standing Committee. The Terms of Reference were updated following a further request from Synod in 2023.

        Members retire at the first meeting of the Standing Committee following the first ordinary session of the Synod, and are eligible for re-appointment. At the first meeting of the Standing Committee after the first ordinary session of the Synod, the Archbishop recommends to the Standing Committee names of persons for appointment to the Commission. A Chair is appointed by the Archbishop from among the members of the Commission.

        Current members of the Doctrine Commission are:

        The Rev Dr Mark Thompson (Chair)
        The Rev Dr Andrew Leslie
        The Rev Dr Edward Loane
        The Rev Dr Gavin Perkins
        The Rev Dr Willis Salier

          The Rev Dr Andrew Shead
          The Rev Dr Robert Smith
          Bishop Michael Stead (Acting Chair)
        The Rev Dr Danielle Treweek

        Reports by Diocesan Doctrine Commission

        Reports prepared by the Diocesan Doctrine Commission may be viewed here.

        Alternatively, they are shown below by year of publication.





        A Theological Reflection on the Parish System


        The Doctrine of Concupiscence and its Relevance to the Experience of Same-Sex Attraction











        A Theology of Baptism: Addressing the Significance of Baptism in Water

        A Theological Framework for Reconciliation, with special reference to the Indigenous Peoples of Australia 

        The Implications of Domestic Abuse for Marriage, Divorce and Remarriage

        Reading the Books of Homilies Today

        The Unchanging Heart of Parochial Incumbency

        On the Need of Children for a Mother and a Father


        Worship and Prayer in the Christian Assembly


        The Use and Misuse of Scripture with Regard to Domestic Abuse


          Faith and Doctrine in the Constitution of the Anglican Church of Australia   An Evangelical Episcopate / Purpose and Nature of Episcopal Leadership (6/15)










        Catholicity and Communion



        Human Sexuality and the 'Same Sex MarriageDebate


        36/07 Penal substitutionary atonement



        35/07 A Theology of Christian Assembly

        A Theology of Gender And Gender Identity


        7/14 Fellowship meals and the proclamation of Christ's death





        Working paper for the Report concerning Fellowship meals and the proclamation of Christ's death













        23/05 Anglican and Roman Catholic International Commission report 'Mary: Grace and Hope in Christ'



        30/05 Administration of Confirmation by Presbyters


        14/00 Administration of Confirmation by Presbyters



        Restricted licensing of women priests and theological objections to the ordination of women to the priesthood


        Archbishop Rowan Williams' Larkin-Stuart Lecture 'The Bible Today: Reading & Hearing'




        Review of Authority in the Church lll, The Gift of Authority











        The Doctrine of the Trinity and its bearing on the relationship of men and women



        Lay and Diaconal Administration of the Lord's Supper



        45/95 A Prayer Book for Australia



        Lay and Diaconal Administration of the Lord's Supper


        The Value of Work













        23/93 Admission of Children to Holy Communion



        Holy Baptism with the Laying on of Hands 1990



        34/87 Nature of functions of the Three-fold Orders of Ministry



        8/87 The Ministry of Women



        Diaconal Presidency at the Lord's Supper



        Lay Presidency at the Lord's Supper











        Anglican Diocese of Sydney on "Towards a Theology of Inter-Faith Dialogue"


        21/82 The Remarriage of Divorced Persons



        11/81 "Towards a Theology of Ordination"



        Ordination of Women to the Diaconate



        All correspondence for the Doctrine Commission should be sent to the Secretary: 

        The Rev Dr Rob Smith

        Secretary, Diocesan Doctrine Commission

        Email: rsmith@smbc.edu.au