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2012 Multi-faith Celebration of SRE!

7 September 2012 No Comment

On the 29th March 2012, a Celebration of Special Religious Education in public schools (SRE) was held in Parliament House, Sydney, including representatives of the Christian, Jewish, Islamic and Baha’i faiths – almost 300 people in total! The Hon Adrian Piccoli, Minister for Education, presented awards to 16 people who had made an outstanding contribution to SRE, including Gosford Uniting Church SRE teacher and advocate Ron Taylor, who has made major contribution to the training, support, and networking of SRE teacher through his role on the Central Coast SRE Committee.

The celebration was organised by ICCOREIS (the Inter-Church Commission on Religious Education in Schools) of which theUnitingChurchis a very active member. One of the activities of the afternoon was to take time to share our own inspirational and encouraging stories of SRE – whether as a teacher, a coordinator, a parent, a student – many perspectives were shared. These stories were compiled to be part of the new ‘Christian SRE’ promotional initiative to show all our communities, schools and churches what a profound impact SRE can have on faith development. The invitation is still open for more people to share…..

ICCOREIS is inviting those who have been impacted by Scripture/SRE in schools to share an inspiring, hope-filled, transformative, encouraging story from their classroom experience. Whether that’s as a teacher, parent, coordinator or student – whether past or present – the profound impact SRE can have is worth sharing!

Download the story sharing postcard HERE. You can post your story to the address on the card or email Emma Parr (emmap@nsw.uca.org.au). Responses will be compiled by ICCOREIS for the Christian SRE promotions in schools and churches.  Please note: By sending in a story you give ICCOREIS permission to publish your story (with or without your name if requested) and make any editorial corrections where necessary.

The Awardees for Outstanding Contribution to Special Religious Education in 2012.

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