The Queensland Synod Interfaith Relationships Committee and the Pureland Buddhist Centre joined forces in Toowoomba at the Middle Ridge Uniting Church to present the work of two organisations working to enrich their communities.
The United Nations Association of Australia (NT Division), the Christ Church Anglican Cathedral and the Multicultural Council of the Northern Territory will conduct Prayers for Peace on the evening of 21 September 2015 at Christ Church Anglican Cathedral, Darwin.
Religions for Peace Australia held compulsory training for SRI volunteers on 7, 8, 9 February and 3 March 2015, in accordance with the new requirements of the Department of Education and Training in regard to their accreditation.
Conducted by Prof Des Cahill, Chairperson of Religions for Peace Australia, the training covered the following areas: –
- Ministerial Direction 141
- Agreement for the accreditation of SRI trainers and volunteers and accompanying implementation policy, such as those relating to Human Rights and Responsibilities, diversity, supporting sexual diversity in schools, gender identity, duty of care, and policies in regard to volunteers and visitors, excursions and activities and social media.
- Ethical responsibilities for the duty of care for students and the overall policy of the Victorian education department.
Seventy-four SRI volunteers attended from the Baha’i, Buddhist, Greek Orthodox, Hindu and Sikh communities.
The next SoFiA Conference will be held at Twin Towns Resort, Coolangatta, over the weekend 22 to 24 May 2015. The conference theme will be ‘Religion in Education: Children, Ethics, Faith and Meaning’.
The Recent Victorian Education Department Ministerial Directive №41 requires the posting of curriculum materials for Special Religious Instruction in Victoria to the public domain so that parents may overview the curriculum content. Curriculum materials will be posted to Multifaith Education Australia, the new website for Special Religious Instruction (and multifaith education) in Australia. This website is administered by Religions for Peace Australia under its contractural requirements with the Victorian Department of Education and Early Childhood Development.