Australians support renewables over coal
The Lowy Institute Poll 2018: Understanding Australian Attitudes to the World has reported that Australians overwhelmingly believe that the government should focus on renewable energy over coal-fired power plants, even if such measures were to cost more.
The Lowy Institute Report says that in 2018, 59% of Australians say ‘global warming is a serious and pressing problem’ about which ‘we should begin taking steps now even if this involves significant costs’. Almost all Australians (84%) say ‘the government should focus on renewables, even if this means we may need to invest more in infrastructure to make the system more reliable’. Only 14% say ‘the government should focus on traditional energy sources such as coal and gas, even if this means the environment may suffer to some extent’.
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Oceania Province Weekly News July 6th
- Leadership from Hero to Host
Reflection 2 on The Congregation Leadership Group meeting in Rome – June 2018
Hero model of leadership brings security to the group and many members leave the decision making and responsibility to the leader. The Western world generally likes a hero to be proud of, and to set trends that they can follow. With such leadership many become followers and admirers. In the host model of leadership, leaders recognise the gifts, creativity and leadership of others that encourages their participation as fellow leaders – not as followers. The host seeks to find and develop other leaders, whereas the hero promotes loyal followers.
- Edmund Rice Ministries Oceania (ERMO) Board
On Tuesday 10th July the inaugural ERMO Board and Transition Officer gathered with the OLT and the Governance Work Group. The occasion held at the Brothers’ holiday house at Surf Street Bilinga, enabled the OLT to thank the Governance Work Group for their excellent work in preparing for the ERMO Board. Barry Buckley, Gary Everett and Damien Price were present. Margaret Endicott and Laurie Collins were apologies. The GWG gave a summary of their work.
- Hauora – Encouraging Wellbeing
Hauora, mental health, wellbeing are topics that are at the forefront of international and national discussions today. So how can we make it an even greater priority in our Edmund Rice schools, communities, and organisations, especially when working with people who are vulnerable, when we aspire to such values as presence, compassion liberation as well as fundamental touchstones such as liberating education, gospel spirituality, inclusive communities, and justice and solidarity?
- Christian Brothers bolster Ministries
It’s been 38 years since the Christian Brothers stood on a balcony at Parade College, Melbourne, and imagined the first Edmund Rice Camp. In 1981, with the help of senior male students, the brothers turned their “enormous” school property into their first successful summer camp for Cambodian and Vietnamese refugees. The model eventually turned into the famous Edmund Rice Camps, run by volunteers for disadvantaged children across 11 sites in Australia and New Zealand. The camps also inspired the Christian Brothers to start various other ministries outside their education forte. These include a research centre studying the life of refugees in Australia, a partnership project to understand the effects of climate change in Kiribati, a sports program in Perth engaging young Sudanese youth, a tutoring school for refugees in Victoria, and the first service agency in Papua New Guinea for children with disabilities. The brothers have also spearheaded food vans for the homeless and a new collaborative governance model to support the poor in the Philippines.
- Greetings from Holy Land
George Massay and Bernard Gartland in Bethlehem have completed our first week of the one-month program at the Tantur Ecumenical Institute in Jerusalem. We are 18 participants coming from different backgrounds and nationalities – a good mixture of clergy, lay and religious from Catholic, Lutheran and Anglican traditions.
- Lines from Limulunga
The Limulunga Community is a multicultural and international community of five Brothers journeying together in western Zambia. Three of us are from Kenya (Edward Masinde, our Community Leader, Dominic Mwania, our Project Manager, and Kelvin Otieno), one from Zambia itself (Malama Peter) and one from Australia (Moy Hitchen). We live in a large village of several thousand people, sprawling along a high bank of sand that forms the eastern edge of the Barotse Plain, which is itself the broad flood plain of the Zambezi River.
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Training for Kiribi Leaders
In February, the Pacific Calling Partnership hosted eight leaders from Kiribati for the Australian Awards Fellowship, which was funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Topics covered included Critical Reflection, Resilience and Social and Emotional Well-being, Australian Studies, Climate Change, Leading In Organisations, Leading with Moral Purpose, Monitoring and Evaluation and Mentoring. The group visited Canberra to meet with Members of Parliament and went to Newcastle to see the coal mines that have contributed to the challenges the people of Kiribati face.
Clontarf Aboriginal College Celebrates Religious Education Week
A week of events which highlighted Clontarf’s creative approach to Religious Education woven into culture was culminated in a Morning Tea inviting Catholic Education consultants and Archbishop Timothy Costelloe and Bishop Don Sproxton. The morning tea featured cleverly named menu items locally cooked on Scriptural themes. “Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks” (Nehemiah 8:10) There was a “Fruits of the Earth” platter, Pizza “Scripture rolls”, and “Saving Grazes” of sausages, crackers and dips just to name a few. Terry Casey was happy to be present and offer congratulations to Salvatore de Luca who was largely responsible for the creative approach to his Identity portfolio.