Sixth Form Religious Education (Core RE) involves the exploration of the Christian belief that faith cannot and does not exist, without implementation of the Gospel.
We are trying to facilitate an (intellectual and affective) understanding that truth is not only to be thought but also to be lived and done, and the living and doing of truth is a condition of grasping it:-
- “But those who do what is true come to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that their deeds have been done in God” (John 3: 21).
- James 2: 14-19 “faith is like that: if good works do not go with it, it is quite dead”.
- Similarly, Paul insists that “the only thing that counts is faith working through love” (Galatians 5:6).
Our Programme of Servite Community Service therefore involves practice-plus-reflection combined with reflection-in-practice (Richard McBrien, Catholicism). We offer projects that will enable Year 12 and 13 students to reach out to local institutions (e.g. primary schools, parishes, old people's homes, Hackney Food bank) and offer activities (e.g. flower arranging, help with reading, assisting in a food bank, renovating and decorating community based garden beds, work on the school Hamper initiative). Core RE-
- Translates faith into action within the school community
- reaches out into the wider local community
- develops the educational understanding of praxis with regard to Catholic social teaching and
- further develops a theological appreciation of such praxis