Religious Education

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Journey in Faith is the Religious Education program for Transition to Year 10 in Catholic schools in the Northern Territory. Based on the South Australian Religious Education Framework, Journey in Faith develops 12 Key Ideas, each one focusing on an aspect of Church teachings. In their learning through this program students will come into contact with a Church that believes, celebrates and lives.

Journey in Faith has been written to speak to the young people of our Diocese. It presents the teachings of the Church in a clear, systematic way, using the methodologies and principles of education available to us now. Drawing on the sources of our faith; creation, scripture, tradition and human experience, Journey in Faith provides a way of seeing the world, of acting in it and of responding to it, all drawn from the simple reality of our faith: God loves us and calls us to life in full abundance.

The teaching and learning activities reflect a deliberate desire to promote deep thinking in students. Engagement and challenge are our intention. Incorporated into our units and integrated across the curriculum are strands from the human sexuality program, Made in the Image of God (MITIOG). The inclusion of MITIOG activities means the complexities of relationships today are addressed through the lens of faith.

Beyond Year 10, our senior Religious Education curriculum incorporates a number of pathways.

The Key Ideas

Key idea 1: God and revelation: Students explore God's presence in creation and God's self-revelation in Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit.

Key idea 2: Created in the image of God: Students respond to the idea that humanity is made in the image of God and grounded in God's love, and explore the themes of grace and sin.

Key idea 3: Textual interpretation: Students interpret and explore revelation given in Scripture, the Creeds, and other foundational texts.

Key idea 4: Church and community: Students critically reflect on change and continuity in the praying, believing, living and celebrating Church as it engages with the world.

Key idea 5: Discipleship and the reign of God: Students explore how Christian discipleship is a vocation and commitment to Jesus' vision of the reign of God.

Key idea 6: Moral decision making: Students appreciate how the process of informing one's conscience enables individuals to exercise authentic freedom when making decisions.

Key idea 7: Religious authority for ethics: Students explore how a critical understanding of the origins, sources and principles of ethical codes contributes to responsible Christian living.

Key idea 8: Social justice and ethical issues: Students critically reflect and apply a Christian ethic of life to a range of contemporary justice and ethical issues.

Key idea 9: Sacraments and sacramentality: Students research and explore the concept of sacramentality and the place of Christian sacraments in the life of the Church.

Key idea 10: Prayer and liturgy: Students explore prayer, including liturgical prayer, within the Christian tradition as a celebration of God's presence in people's lives.

Key idea 11: The liturgical year of the Church: Student research and communicate how the life, death and ressurrection of Jesus is celebrated in the seasons and feasts of the Church's liturgical year.

Key idea 12: Religious traditions: Students investigate beliefs, rituals and festivals in diverse religious traditions and demonstrate an appreciation of their own traditions and other religious traditions.