Academics

Courses | Religion

Courses meet four times per week for half of the year for a total of 6 points credit. All courses are Weight A.

Girls Religion Courses
Boys Religion Courses
Religion 1: The Gospel of John – Grade 9† Religion 1: The Gospel of John – Grade 9†
Students in this course complete an in-depth study of the Gospel of John. The study includes a basic overview of the canon of Divine Revelation (Old Testament, New Testament and the Writings) as well as a study of how this Gospel introduces fundamental doctrines of the New Church. We will emphasize what the Gospel of John reveals about the nature of God and His action in our lives, and how He leads each person individually toward heaven. Through this study the student will learn how important it is to continually strengthen and expand a personal relationship with a visible God and understand how the Lord’s life reflects the unity of perfect wisdom in human form. Students in this course complete an in-depth study of the Gospel of John. The study includes a basic overview of the canon of Divine Revelation (Old Testament, New Testament and the Writings) as well as a study of how this Gospel introduces fundamental doctrines of the New Church. We will emphasize what the Gospel of John reveals about the nature of God and His action in our lives, and how He leads each person individually toward heaven. Through this study the student will learn how important it is to continually strengthen and expand a personal relationship with a visible God and understand how the Lord’s life reflects the unity of perfect wisdom in human form.
Religion 2: Heaven and Hell – Grade 10† Religion 2: Heaven and Hell – Grade 10†
This course introduces students to the unique and inspiring teachings of the New Church on life after death in the book Heaven and Hell by Emanuel Swedenborg. Topics include: who goes to heaven and how they get there; who goes to hell and how they get there; how the Lord rules heaven and hell and how he rules earth by means of them; the experience of living in heaven; things you see and do in heaven; marriage in heaven; the true nature of hell; what ‘Judgment Day’ really is; how we are resurrected at death and the process we go through to enter our eternal home; and our connection with spirits and the spiritual realm. The course will also include a unit on Near Death Experiences (NDE’s) and how these experiences relate to new Church teachings. The course has a special focus not only on what happens after death but how these teachings relate to our lives right now. This course introduces students to the unique and inspiring teachings of the New Church on life after death in the book Heaven and Hell by Emanuel Swedenborg. Topics include: who goes to heaven and how they get there; who goes to hell and how they get there; how the Lord rules heaven and hell and how he rules earth by means of them; the experience of living in heaven; things you see and do in heaven; marriage in heaven; the true nature of hell; what ‘Judgment Day’ really is; how we are resurrected at death and the process we go through to enter our eternal home; and our connection with spirits and the spiritual realm. The course will also include a unit on Near Death Experiences (NDE’s) and how these experiences relate to new Church teachings. The course has a special focus not only on what happens after death but how these teachings relate to our lives right now.
Religion 3: True Christianity – Grade 11† Religion 3: True Christianity – Grade 11†
This course takes a topical approach to the core teachings of the New Church, and how they relate to life, with the goal of giving students the tools they need to live a moral and spiritual life. The course will explore who the Lord is and how we can know Him; how He communicates His universal principles of faith and love to us; who we are in relation to the Lord, to creation and to other people; and how a life of service to the Lord and the neighbor enables a person to grow spiritually within, at the same time the person exercises charity in his or her daily activities. A key component of the course will be applying the principles of morality and spirituality in the Ten Commandments to real life situations and how concepts like conscience, free will, rationality, repentance, reformation and regeneration come alive through these situations. This course takes a topical approach to the core teachings of the New Church, and how they relate to life, with the goal of giving students the tools they need to live a moral and spiritual life. The course will explore who the Lord is and how we can know Him; how He communicates His universal principles of faith and love to us; who we are in relation to the Lord, to creation and to other people; and how a life of service to the Lord and the neighbor enables a person to grow spiritually within, at the same time the person exercises charity in his or her daily activities. A key component of the course will be applying the principles of morality and spirituality in the Ten Commandments to real life situations and how concepts like conscience, free will, rationality, repentance, reformation and regeneration come alive through these situations.
Religion 4: Marriage Love – Grade 12† Religion 4: Marriage Love – Grade 12†
This course introduces students to the revolutionary and inspirational teachings of the New Church on marriage in the book Conjugial Love by Emanuel Swedenborg. Topics include the spiritual vision of marriage (conjugial) love; why the Lord created males and females as distinctly different from each other and how they complement each other; what a ‘soul mate’ really is and how to be one; sex, love and intimacy, and the destructive nature of sexual perversions. Students will be taught about the progression of dating, courtship, engagement/betrothal and marriage; how to have a happy marriage; what key factors contribute to marital disharmony and breakdown; and why marriage matters. There is a special emphasis on teachings that speak to the concerns of secondary school age students and how current social research connects with New Church teachings on marriage and relationships. This course introduces students to the revolutionary and inspirational teachings of the New Church on marriage in the book Conjugial Love by Emanuel Swedenborg. Topics include the spiritual vision of marriage (conjugial) love; why the Lord created males and females as distinctly different from each other and how they complement each other; what a ‘soul mate’ really is and how to be one; sex, love and intimacy, and the destructive nature of sexual perversions. Students will be taught about the progression of dating, courtship, engagement/betrothal and marriage; how to have a happy marriage; what key factors contribute to marital disharmony and breakdown; and why marriage matters. There is a special emphasis on teachings that speak to the concerns of secondary school age students and how current social research connects with New Church teachings on marriage and relationships.
 
Co-Ed Religion Courses
Comparative Religions – Grades 11 and 12
This course examines the major Eastern and Western religions plus minor faith groups and modern religious movements and trends in both an historical and comparative context. Students will learn through a variety of mediums including videos, textbooks, sacred scriptures, internet sources, individual and group presentations, guest speakers and field trips. Through this course students will gain a greater understanding of and deeper appreciation for the powerful role religion plays in people’s lives throughout the world, a clearer vision of how the Lord leads people of all faiths through universal truths, a broader perspective on the universality and uniqueness of New Church teachings, and a greater ability to articulate and communicate their own faith more effectively through the language of world religion. 
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