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JBOD CEO addresses event

Faiths unite to celebrate religious education

Speakers at event included Premier Dominic Perrottet, Opposition Leader Chris Minns and NSW Jewish Board of Deputies CEO Darren Bark.

A screengrab from the online Celebration of Special Religious Education (SRE) event.
A screengrab from the online Celebration of Special Religious Education (SRE) event.

NSW Jewish Board of Deputies (JBOD) CEO Darren Bark opened the fifth Celebration of Special Religious Education (SRE) – held online this year due to COVID-19 restrictions, with over 800 participants logging in.

Traditionally held in-person at Parliament House, the Celebration of SRE marks the collaboration by religious and communal leaders on an issue that unites them all – the importance and influence that religious education has on their lives and decisions.

Speakers at this year’s event included Premier Dominic Perrottet, Opposition Leader Chris Minns, Minister for Education and Early Childhood Learning Sarah Mitchell and Shadow Minister for Education Prue Car.

“We are so proud to be part of a coalition of faith, with our religious leaders here tonight in partnership with Government, Opposition and our parliamentary leaders to enhance cohesion and support each other,” Bark said in his address.

“Our coalition of religious representatives works not only together on religious education, but for the vital issues our communities face.

“We have shown now, more than ever through the COVID-19 pandemic, that we are a force for positive change when working together for the betterment of all communities, through the challenges we have faced to keep our communities safe and connected.

“An investment in faith is an investment in our whole community.”

Most Australians identify with a religion or spiritual belief – 60 per cent – and religious diversity is only increasing in multicultural and multi-faith Australia.

Alongside Bark, other leaders of religious organisations also had the opportunity to represent their faiths, with speakers from the Anglican, Muslim, Hindu, Catholic and Buddhist communities speaking at the event.

The Celebration of Special Religious Education was organised by Murray Norman, CEO of Christian SRE.

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