HRE4O 'CHURCH AND CULTURE'
This course aims to assist students in understanding themselves as moral persons living the way of Christ, through an examination of the revelation of Sacred Scripture, and the experience and teaching of the Catholic Church. It engages students in critical reflection on significant contemporary moral and ethical issues in light of Scripture, Church teaching, and their own experiences (i.e. Theological Reflection). Social and ecological justice issues are explored along with a study of topics that focus on Christian mercy and forgiveness. The graces and challenges of everyday human living, understanding who we are, what we are called to be, and living in relationships, including marriage, family life, are explored from a Catholic perspective. Students are challenged to adopt the Christian stance in the political world.
This online course can be used by educators in a number of ways:
- Online learning
- Blended learning (combination of online learning and face-to-face learning)
- Face-to-face learning (educators may use the course as a source for ideas in a face-to-face learning environment)
Along with revised Overall and Specific Expectations for each strand (Scripture, Profession of Faith, Christian Moral Development, Prayer and Sacramental Life, Family Life), the Ontario Catholic Secondary Curriculum Policy Document, Religious Education Grades 9-12, contains a new strand, Research and Inquiry Skills. *Look for the Catholic Inquiry Process graphic developed for and found in our course content.
Unit One: Is it all about me?
Unit Two: What about my neighbour?
Unit Three: Who is my brother and sister?
Unit Four: How are we called?
Unit Five: Culminating Activity
Unit One Sampler: Is It All About Me?
Who Am I? The Rules We Live By
In this activity, you will examine who you are and connect it with God’s Commandments. You will see God’s role as Liberator in the Book of Exodus and begin to use the Exploring stage of Catholic inquiry process.
SC1.2, SC2.2, RI1.1
Putting Me Into Action
As a Catholic learner, your definition of Social Justice begins with the Catholic Social Teachings. In this activity, you will examine the Catholic Social Teachings and explore how you can use them to develop a personal definition of Social Justice and how they can act as a call to action.
PF3.1, PF3.2, RI1.1, RI1.2
What Makes Me Happy?
From the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus teaches us the Beatitudes and gives an outline on how to be happy. In this activity, you will explore and reflect on how the Beatitudes call us to true happiness.
SC2.4, CM1.2, RI1.1, RI1.2, RI1.3
The Power of Prayer
In this activity, you will examine the various expressions and forms of prayer so that you can experience them and use them to create your own prayers.
PS1.2, RI1.1, RI1.2, RI1.3,
Unit Culminating Activity
In this activity you will complete the unit culminating task, A Soundtrack of My Life. Your work will show your understanding of the Commandments, Catholic Social Teaching, the Beatitudes and the power of prayer. As well, you will reflect on the inquiry topics and questions that you have been generating throughout this unit for your future Catholic inquiry.
SC2., PF3., CM1., PS1., RI1.