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.

NSW Board of Jewish Education PD 2018

The NSW Board of Jewish Education will be presenting an excellent professional development day for teachers on Tuesday 20th March 2018 at the Sydney Jewish Museum, 148 Darlinghurst Rd, Darlinghurst from 8.30am to 3.30pm.

Syllabus areas covered include:

* Ethics

* Core Ethical Teachings and Sacred Texts

* Jewish Feminism

* Death and Mourning

* Abraham Heschel

* Round Table Discussions on Lived Jewish Experiences

For more information got tothe BJE website- http://bje.org.au/home/sor_icon/

ASR Sacred Places Great Synagogue Visit 25 March 2018

Members of the Association for Studies of Religion are warmly invited to discover the sacred significance and architectural beauty of the Great Synagogue, Sydney on Sunday 25 March 2018.

The Studies of Religion Sacred Spaces- ‘Significant Practices in the Lives of Individuals and Communities’, is an experience which aims to resource teachers, broaden their understanding and assist in teaching the Preliminary and HSC Studies of Religion syllabus. The visit to the Great Synagogue, Sydney will be facilitated by Sacred Persons, Studies of Religion (SoR) teachers and SoR Higher School Certificate examination markers from the Jewish tradition. There will be a guided tour with reference to the different rituals and events that take place in the Synagogue. There will also be a workshop on the Synagogue Service, a significant practice as referenced in the HSC course syllabus.

Date: Sunday 25 March, 2018

Time: 11.00am to 12.30pm

Venue: Great Synagogue, 166 Castlereagh St, Sydney

Cost: This is complimentary MEMBERS ONLY event  and registration is essential.

Registration: Is due by Friday 23 March. Go to online registration

For NESA Accreditation go to: Sacred Places Great Synagogue visit 2018




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