"We aspire to educate and form students who are challenged to live the gospel of Jesus Christ and who are literate in the Catholic and Uniting Church Christian traditions so that they might participate critically and authentically in faith contexts and wider society." Archdiocese of Brisbane, Vision for Religious Education Curriculum
Unity College's Vision for Religious Education appropriately aligns with Brisbane Catholic Education's Vision for Religious Education, sacred scripture and with the College's Vision for Learning and Teaching. Within Unity College's Vision for Learning and Teaching, ten tenets have been identified as the core principles. These are intrinsically linked to the College's mission, motto and charism in underpinning learning and pedagogical practices.
“Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life."
Our vision for Religious Education is to extend learners to critique what they know, what they do and their way of being in an ever-changing world. In challenging learners, we need to provide the conditions that encourage all individuals to take responsibility for their own learning and the learning of others. This action must be underpinned by gospel teachings to ensure that it is authentic and worthwhile.
“I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another."
In an ecumenical context, we recognise the shared partnership and mutuality between both Uniting and Catholic traditions, fostered by a sense of true hospitality and community.
We are called to action; to critically and authentically participate in a contemporary culture. These actions are witness to the teachings of the Gospel through authentic and responsive community engagement.
“Let the little children come to me, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as there."
Religious Education inspires learners to confidently explore their world with a theological mindset, felt with the heart of Jesus Christ and actioned through discipleship. The invitation challenges learners to be companions and leaders in their quest to be people of purpose.
2 Corinthians 3:18
“And all of us, with unveiled faces, seeing the glory of the Lord as though reflected in a mirror, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another; for this comes from the Lord, the Spirit."
To promote engagement, we will embrace diversity and create a culture of service. This model will deepen an understanding of the transformational power that accepting difference and outreach can have in developing individual potential.
“He has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free."
In creating a true sense of belonging, hospitality and welcome must foster genuine, respectful relationships amongst all community members. We accept the responsibility to advocate for all individuals, ensuring that their voice is heard, and their needs acknowledged. By enabling participation, stakeholders may truly access all dimensions of college life and contribute to the rich diversity of authentic ecumenism.
“For surely I know the plans I have for you," says the Lord," plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."
In building community identity, we strategically engage Catholic and Uniting Churches, in conjunction with community agencies, to nurture and nourish the authentic delivery of Religious Education within our College. Through collaboration and support, we believe individual gifts can be affirmed and inspired.
“Those who having heard the word in an honest and good heart, hold it fast and bear fruit with patient endurance."
When community members attempt to explore and negotiate their own learning, innovative responses yield meaning and relevance. The vision for teaching Religious Education at Unity College is a responsibility shared by all, to afford a context where heart and authenticity can grow. In the interests of sustaining dynamic College renewal, curriculum design and pedagogical practice are focused on transforming the learner in a contemporary world, where they can live out the message of Jesus.
“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit."
All elements of curriculum and faith are intrinsically linked. When this occurs, learners are provided with opportunities to experience connection from within the classroom, to living their faith outside in the real world. This process shapes learners to grow as informed citizens and to actively promote common good.
“Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ."
In order to individualise learning, the quest for deep understanding and critical thinking must include a mindfulness of the collective potential. The alignment of every dimension of one's personal identity can never be enacted alone.
In providing learners with opportunities to seek a deeper perception of themselves and their world, we aim to lead them to transfer their knowledge to new and unfamiliar settings with an open heart and mind. An integration of faith with culture affords community members the opportunity to take their place in the world as active, responsive contributors.
“The rain fell, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock."
Responsible and respectful stewards engage in processes that establish and sustain positive partnerships. Through a deepening awareness of the fragility of the planet, learners accept and celebrate custodianship of the earth and seek to promote the well-being and safety of humanity. In order to be a lifelong contributor to society, processes are established to heighten an awareness of one's commitment to serve others and the environment.
Unity Secondary RE Program.pdf
Unity Primary RE Program.pdf