The shape of Religious Education within Brisbane Catholic Education has two dimensions, the classroom learning and teaching of religion and the religious life of the school. These are two distinct but complementary dimensions described as ‘teaching people religion and teaching people to be religious, in a particular way’ (Moran, 1991).
Teaching people religion is an educational activity focused on the classroom religion program. It utilises a range of learning and teaching processes, pedagogies and resources. The classroom religion program needs to have all the rigour and richness of other learning areas. The core content taught to students is organised into four interrelated strands: Sacred Texts, Beliefs, Church and Christian Life.
Teaching people to be religious, in a particular way is most commonly referred to as the Religious Life of the School and is focused on the spiritual formation of students and their faith development. It is comprised of four interrelated components: Religious Identity and Culture, Evangelisation and Faith Formation, Prayer and Worship and Social Action and Justice.