Association for Studies of Religion

Welcome to the Association for Studies of Religion Website

Welcome to the Association for Studies of Religion website, designed to support teachers in the delivery of the NSW Board of Studies Stage 6 Courses: Studies of Religion 1 Unit & Studies of Religion 2 Unit.

We are a small association, relying on the generosity of our members as well as the generosity of the ASR committee to organise a number of events each year for valuable and quality teacher support and development. Over the previous years we have held two Twilight Conferences each year which have been extremely well attended by SoR teachers. All SoR teachers can view the keynote addresses from some of the Twilight Conferences, however the workshop presentations are provided for members only. 

In 2014 members were able to attend two Twilight Conferences, in May and in August. The first issue of the online journal : ASR eView - for ASR Members was launched in May and the second issue is now available under member resources.

In 2015 the committee organised a further two twilight conferences,  one held in May and one in August. The topics were  'Sacred Texts and Writings' and 'Reconciliation'.  In 2016 the twilight conference titles included: 'Essential Learnings from the 2015 HSC Examination' and 'The Dreaming: Past, Present and Future'.

In 2017 we held a further two Twilight Conferences: May - 'Objects, Heirlooms & Artefacts- Curating Students' Learning in Studies of Religion' and August - 'A Dialogue between belief and unbelief in contemporary Australia.' New events held in 2017 included a Shabbat dinner for teachers organised in association with the Sydney Jewish Museum, Darlinghurst and a students Iftar dinner organised in association with ISRA, Amity College and Santa Sabina College.

In 2018 we have a number of opportunities availble for members- Sacred Places Visit on the 25 March; the 2018 ASR Shabbat Dinner on the 11 May; a teacher and student IFTAR dinner to be held on the 22 May(date and venue to be confirmed); and a Twilight Conference on the 28th June(date and venue to be confirmed).

Membership is vital for the continuation of these high quality events and as such, the ASR committee welcomes previous, as well as new members, to complete their 2018 membership renewals now- go to https://asr.ptc.nsw.edu.au/

All SoR teachers are encouraged to use both the Facebook and Twitter feeds as a means of sharing their ideas, events and resources related to Studies of Religion.

The ASR Committee would like to thank you for accessing this site and for supporting your teacher association. We hope that as the site continues to develop that it will be of immense value to all members.

ASR Twilight Conference & AGM August 2018













Studies of Religion teachers are invited to attend the 2018 AGM & Twilight Conference:

‚ÄčUnpacking Census 2016 - What does the changing religious landscape really look like?

Date: Thursday  30 August

Time: 4.00pm to 7.30pm

Venue: Catholic Institute of Sydney, 99 Albert Rd Strathfield, NSW

Cost: Members are Complimentary. Non-Members please pay $30.00 which will include your membership for the remainder of this year.


The Association for Studies of Religion AGM & Twilight Conference 2018 - Unpacking Census 2016 - What does the changing religious landscape really look like?, is designed to resource teachers in their teaching of the 1 and 2 unit Studies of Religion HSC courses.

At the AGM the Association will recognise those teachers whose students achieved First Place in the 2017 1 Unit and 2 Unit HSC Examinations.

The conference program will be presented by a number of experienced practitioners and members of different religious communities.

A keynote panel including a Christian teacher, a Jewish community representative and a Muslim community leader will be asked to respond to the questions - How are the changes in the 2016 census reflected in their communities? What changes are evident in its composition and practice?

Participants will have the opportunity to engage in Q and A with the panel.

Participants will also participate in a large group workshop to deepen their content knowledge and broaden their pedagogical practice addressing the rise of New Religious Expressions.

Afternoon Tea: 4.00 to 5.00pm

AGM: 5.00 to 5.30pm

Keynote Panel: 5.30 - 6.25pm 

Group Workshop: 6.30pm to 7.30pm 

Registration: is due by Monday 27th August. Please click here for registration.

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