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.

ISRA Studies of Religion Teacher Inservice Days

ISRA is offering a two day inservice providing a unique opportunity to cover the Islamic topics in the SoR syllabus:

Day one- a focus on the Preliminary course content

Day two- has a focus on the HSC course content.

Seminars will be presented from within the tradition and will be facilitated by highly qualified and experienced Muslim presenters. All resources will be provided for participants for reference and use in their classrooms.

Dates: 10 and 11 April 2018

Time: 9.00am to 3.30pm each day

Venue: ISRA Centre - Level 3, 128-136 South Parade, Auburn NSW

Cost: $115.00 for 1 day and $195.00 for 2 days

Morning Tea and Lunch will be provided.

For further information and to register go to www.isra.org.au/sor-in-service 

Read more: ISRA Studies of Religion Teacher Inservice Days

Shabbat Dinner 2018

The ASR has organised a Shabbat dinner for teachers of Studies of Religion in collaboration with the Sydney Jewish Museum. The evening will be hosted by Holocaust survivors and Museum educators. It will involve a tour of the musuem which reopened at the end of 2017 after extensive and impressive renovations. This will be followed by a 3 course kosher dinner along with insights into the Jewish Sabbath.

Date: Friday 11 May 2018

Time: 5.00pm to 8.00pm

Venue: Sydney Jewish Museum, 148 Darlinghurst Rd, Darlinghurst, 2090.

The cost will be $120 per person for members and $150 per person for non members and this will cover entry to the museum as well as kosher food and drinks.

To attend this event please register here - 2018 ASR Shabbat Dinner Registration - before Friday 4th May.

NESA Accreditation is available.

For further information please contact Sandy Hollis at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The ASR Committee and the Sydney Jewish Museum look forward to sharing this evening with you.

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