The aim of the Commission is to provide a unified voice for the churches in their involvement with religious instruction and chaplaincy in state schools in Queensland.
Since these two areas of activity might be the most widespread ecumenical enterprises undertaken by churches state-wide, the issues surrounding them can be complex. Particular expertise is required to address them. The members all represent their churches on peak bodies with regard to religious instruction and chaplaincy and are intimately involved in both fields.
The Commission maintains a dialogue with Education Queensland, Scripture Union and other significant stakeholders.
As well as dealing with current issues, the Commission is exploring ways of providing a unified voice for the Christian denominations involved in Religious Instruction and chaplaincy in Queensland State Schools.
The Guide (a handbook for those who deliver Religious Instruction in Queensland State Schools) is a resource aimed to increase the effectiveness of religious instruction and to give those who deliver Religious Instruction lessons the confidence to approach their work with sound guidance, advice and best practice.
Now in its third edition the booklet includes information about classroom management, lesson planning, language skills, teaching tips and understanding how children learn. The Guide is available in an online format which can be printed or printed to be kept in a Religious Instruction teacher’s resource bag.
The Guide was written initially by the RENEW group, composed of Religious Instruction professionals and trainers from churches including Anglican, Uniting, Catholic, Churches of Christ and Presbyterian. The latest edition has been revised by Queensland Churches Together (QCT) Commission on Religious Instruction and Chaplaincy in State Schools and remains an essential aid for anyone teaching Religious Instruction in Queensland state schools.
The members of the Commission are:
Carole Danby (Roman Catholic), Rev Elizabeth Nolan (Uniting Church), Jonathan Kemp (Anglican Church), Matt Smith (Uniting), Carolyn Bennett (Uniting), The Revd Canon Richard Tutin (QCT General Secretary).