A paper-back book edited by Br David Gibson cfc
Ecospirituality and Journeying Together offers a rich selection of articles on this topic. Over the years, Christian Brothers have been reflecting on the New Universe Story and have sought to connect the new knowledge that has come from cosmology to their spiritual practices.
There are articles by: David Gibson, Moy Hitchen, Mark O'Loughlin, Michael Godfrey, Trevor Parton, Peter Harney and others.
This paperback is available through AMAZON and will cost $9.
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Oceania Province Weekly News Sept. 14th
- EREA Congress 2018
Catholic school educators commit to developing students to build a better world
Educators from one of Australia’s largest Catholic school bodies have committed to helping their students and staff “seek new ways to be the inclusive, compassionate face of Christ in the world,” at their five-yearly gathering in Melbourne. Edmund Rice Education Australia’s three-day Charting New Horizons Congress, which ended on Sunday 9 September, saw 250 delegates from 10 countries gather in Melbourne to set a broad direction for the EREA community and its partners. Overseas delegates included educators from Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, South Africa, USA, Canada, Italy, Ireland and India.
- EDMUND RICE, THE MAN WHO NEVER DIED!
Have courage, the good seed will grow up in the children’s hearts later on! These words of Edmund Rice are a true testimony of what is happening among the members of EDMUND RICE EDUCATION AUSTRALIA and the wider Edmund Rice Network across the globe. As we celebrate the birth of Mary, I acknowledge and affirm that EREA can be compared to the wise men from the East (Magi), who after witnessing the star of Bethlehem (in our case the charism of Edmund Rice), got inspired and willing to share the treasure with the rest of humanity.
- “Behold, In You I Am Doing Something New”
On Sunday 9th September, a significant event in the life of the Congregation took place in Nairobi, as 21 Christian Brothers embarked on a three months Orientation Program to help them engage more intensely with the challenge of living our brotherhood in a deeper way, according to the call of our 2014 Chapter. They will deepen their sense of what it is to be a brother in community and mission. The program is not just theoretical, as they will form a community among themselves and live the learning!
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ERC Justice Matters September 2018 No.2
Issues presented in this edition include"
- ERC Justice Updates is a regular newsletter from the Edmund Rice Centre, on all sorts of matters relating to social and environmental justice.
- On Monday September 17th, the Australian government will have detained men, women & children on Nauru & Manus Island for 1878 DAYS
- On May 26th 2017 THE ULURU STATEMENT FROM THE HEART, the outcome of a long period of consultation with many Indigenous communities and groups all over the country, was presented to the then Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull .
- From the 15th of October to the 25th of October and will be visiting Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne.
- During that time the Pacific Calling Partnership are arranging meetings with politicians and community leaders. We are also arranging some public meetings and press interviews.
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EREA Congress 2018 Closing Address
Delivered by Dr Wayne Tinsey
At this Congress, particularly on Friday, we have been blessed to engage profoundly with our Aboriginal culture. A culture which knows so much of the values we aspire to as an Edmund Rice family: fidelity to culture, story, wisdom and knowledge of what is of enduring importance.
In a society devoid of conversation about the soul, the infinite and the ultimate meaning of human life; a society where knowledge that can be lost in information; where wisdom is readily confused with knowledge, we commit to walking with and learning from our First Nations peoples, who clearly have so much to teach us.
I also acknowledge our forebears in Edmund Rice education, the Christian Brothers, whose vision, commitment and dedication have afforded us many privileges and left the rich legacy that we honour and celebrate at this gathering. We have been blessed to have the presence of so many Brothers with us at this gathering.
Brothers, having given birth to EREA, you have been there to nurture us in our infancy, guide us as we have strived for maturity, and you continue to care for us in generous and loving ways.
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FRODO AND SAM ARE ALL AROUND US
Br Damien Price cfc offers an informative parallel between the mission of the prophets of the Old Testament and Frodo of Lord of the Rings. He writes
The author of Lord of the Rings created a powerful story of good versus evil.
A daily Mass-goer, Tolkien used his archetypical heroes to teach us all simple but powerful messages that good will triumph over evil and that the warrior in the midst of that battle is often small, seemingly powerless and often afraid….
Firstly they did not seek the call to be prophet – they were invited.
Secondly, the response was universal – “I’m too young! I don’t know what to say! I’m too weak! Who, me?”
But thirdly, there is a universal response from the caller – “Do not be afraid; I will be with you!” and from the called, “Yes, I will go.”
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Former President of Kiribati to visit Australia
In October the Pacific Calling Partnership will be hosting His Excellency Anote Tong in Australia.
Mr Tong, who was president of Kiribati from 2003 to 2013, is among the most prominent advocates for urgent global action on climate change. Former President Tong’s country, the Pacific island nation of Kiribati, is one of the first places to confront sea level rise and other devastating real-life consequences of climate change.
Mr Tong is a strong voice for the Pacific and has been campaigning for climate justice for his people and those of the Pacific for many years. Bringing his voice to Australia is especially important in the current circumstances where Australians are engaged in a debate about the continued mining and use of coal. The Pacific Calling Partnership is bringing Mr Tong to Australia in an effort to change the terms of the climate change debate in this country.
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Australia looks to be withdrawing from the Pacific at precisely the time our Pacific neighbours are calling for increased and urgent involvement from Australia.
Climate change should be at the heart of any new Biketawa Plus regional security declaration, not any afterthought, according to the Edmund Rice Centre's Pacific Calling Partnership (PCP) initiative.
The Edmund Rice Centre has today expressed its grave concerns over reports that the Turnbull Government is considering a $400 million a year cut to the overseas aid budget.
In late-February, ERC Director Phil Glendenning delivered the keynote speech to the Catholic Social Services Conference in Melbourne. Phil spoke about the deficit of leadership in Australian society, including in politics and the Catholic Church. He called for an honest and compassionate response by the Catholic Church to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, which must include a fundamental shift in power relations. It is not good enough to say "yes terrible wrongs were committed, but the Catholic Church runs many schools, hospitals and social services".
Following a speech by former Prime Minister Tony Abbott in London overnight in which he questioned the science of climate change, the Edmund Rice Centre has issued an open invite to Australia’s 226 Federal politicians to visit Kiribati and Tuvalu to see first-hand the impacts of climate change in our region.
Director of the Edmund Rice Centre and President of the Refugee Council of Australia Phil Glendenning has called on the Turnbull Government to immediately rule out any forced deportations or removal of Rohingya refugees from Australia or from Australian-run detention centres.