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Justice and Advocacy

Philip Pinto, previous Congregational Leader, encouraged all ministries of the Christian Brothers to be engaged with their people, and in doing so, become conscious of the issues confronting those on the margins and to enable their voices to heard.

Addressing the structural inequalities in society that place vulnerable people in situations of disengagement, disimpowerment,  and disadvantage is Advocacy.

In recent years, the Province has been encouraging people to put this area of advocacy in the context of the need to promote and defend Earth and Human Rights. ᅠThis gives us a universal language with which to engage any civil society in the raising awareness of and defining these rights.

God is calling us to be compassionate people transforming old structures, cultural mindsets and practices, ushering in a new way of being brother
(and sister)
for the world.


Nairobi Congregation Chapter 2014

Justice and advocacy protesters

Adam and Hayatulla BBQ


Our Nairobi Chapter offers the challenge
“To engage in advocacy with the voiceless, the marginalised and all that are oppressed.” (p28)

You can join the Province Advocacy Group in conversation and action by visiting their Blog at


You can follow the Justice Desk - ERNSA Justice Campaign for the year! "Promoting The Global Goals for Sustainable Development"

ERN South Australia

Edmund Rice ministries dedicated to advocacy work are:

Edmund Rice Centre for Justice and Community Education, Homebush

erc asylum seekers resourceThe Edmund Rice Centre for Justice and Community Education, and its dedicated team of staff and volunteers, commits itself to a range of projects and activities across the areas in research, community education, advocacy, networking and a range of social justice issues both nationally and internationally.

With a priority for ‘first and last peoples’ the Centre focuses on the circumstances of indigenous people, refugees and asylum seekers – especially young people.

They have a collection of publications, including a quarterly newsletter, Just Thinking; a regular issues paper, Just Comment; and a number of specific research and submission papers.

The Centre is also involved in a range of community education activities including immersion programs to Indigenous communities in Australia and with partner organisations oversees. Immersions focus on issues of cross-cultural communication, peace and conflict.

Community education is also a key goal of our Schools Network, aims to involve schools from around Australia in a discussion of social justice issues and an exchange of information on projects schools are undertaking to advance these issues.

The Centre networks with a variety of organisations involved in social justice and advocacy. We have partner organisations in the areas of Business Ethics (The Edmund Rice Business Ethics Initiative), Indigenous Rights (Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation, The Lingiari Foundation and The ReconciliACTION Network) and broader social justice advocacy networks.

Our philosophy of working together to achieve positive social change extends beyond these partner organisations to include a range of organisations from all sectors of the Non-profit.

For more information about the work of the Centre or to get involved,

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A Resource for Educators

For many years the Edmund Rice Centre has been working to raise awareness of, and advocate for the rights of asylum seekers and refugees.

The Asylum Seekers and Refugees Education Resource is ERC’s latest publication, which converts years of our research and experience into curriculum support material that addresses the learning needs of students.

The free 54 page Education Resource offers 35 cross-curricular activities which are practical, engaging and focused on increasing awareness about human rights and advocacy. The activities are adaptable to all year levels in secondary school and some can also be used with primary classes, students with special needs and could also be used in community group discussions.

Students are encouraged to think about asylum seekers and refugees with compassion, to move their understanding from the head to the heart.

To download this Education Resource and the Flyer, click on

Justice and Advocacy Resources


Edmund Rice Justice Aotearoa New Zealand Trust

Edmund Rice Justice, Aotearoa, New Zealand

Edmund Rice Justice NZ

It is in deep listening to the groaning earth and her suffering people that the Church and Congregation experience God calling them to be agents of change, hope and transformation.

Nairobi Congregation Chapter 2014


Edmund Rice Justice Aotearoa/New Zealand Trust was founded in 2003 by a group of people from within the Edmund Rice Network, who were motivated by issues of social justice and desired to respond to the needs of the times.

The programs include: Volunteers, Restorative Justice in Schools, Prison Reform, Restorative Conference with post sentenced prisons and their victims, Immersions, Street Retreats, Fair Trade, Advocacy and the Rights of the Child.

The aims of the Trust are:

  • To provide education and resources regarding social issues that impact on New Zealand and International communities
  • To provide seminars that are open to the community to promote a greater understanding of social issues
  • To facilitate projects that will work with individuals and families in the community who are identified as being on the margins of society
  • To conduct the works of the Trust in a manner that is consistent with the teachings of Edmund Rice and Catholic social teaching

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Edmund Rice International, Geneva

Edmund Rice International

erilogomaroonEdmund Rice International (ERI) brings the real life human rights stories of ordinary people to the table of the international community in Geneva and New York.

This is done through submissions and lobbying with and on behalf of those crying out for equity and justice.

ERI, as a faith-based non-governmental organisation (NGO), engages in advocacy at the United Nations through its special status and recognition by the Economic and Social Council.  The ERI team brings a deep commitment to working for children and young people, who are marginalised through poverty, lack of access to education, being victims of exploitation or living in unhealthy environments.

ERI works at the international level in close collaboration with their ERI advocacy coordinators and support networks in 30 countries around the world to promote and protect the rights of children and young people to quality education, fundamental rights and freedoms and a healthy and nurturing community in which to grow.

Inspired by the vision and life of Blessed Edmund Rice, ERI believes that education in all its forms offers opportunities for the promotion of a rights-based and faith-based approach to social justice and ecological advocacy.

ERI works in partnership with other faith-based groups in the promotion of rights, peace and justice. They engage with the change-makers at the international level in order to bring issues and situations to the attention of the international community at the United Nations in New York and Geneva to seek answers to the issues affecting the lives of some of the most vulnerable people on the planet.

ERI is committed to realizing each day, through promoting human rights via advocacy, the dream of God for a more inclusive and compassionate earth community. God’s dream is ERI’s dream.

A wide range of  Justice and Advocacy RESOURCES available on the Edmund Rice International website.

To find out more please visit

A Year of Living Sustainably

Twelve Projects undertaken by the Edmund Rice Followers from all parts of the world which will that reduced our "Ecological Footprint".

Read of the Twelve Projects

Other Oceania Province Involvement in Justice & Advocacy.

Many other ministries and groups across the Oceania Province are also involved in Advocacy activities.

There is an exciting initiative beginning in Brisbane. It is called the Queensland Community Alliance and it attempts to bring Faith communities, Trade Unions and private enterprise together to work for the common good of those marginalised in our society.

The Oceania Province has been offered a proposal to join this advocacy alliance. Members of the Edmund Rice Network, young and old will be invited to participate.

This venture already running in London, Boston and Sydney to name a few places. Download Reoposal 
 A wide range of Justice and Advocacy RESOURCES available on the Edmund Rice International website.  Visit Resource Page

Environmental Justice

10 Key Excerpts from Pope Francis’s Encyclical on the Environment



The following message has come from Peter Harney at Edmund Rice International in Geneva:

The EREA schools in Australia have just led a national advocacy campaign to release children seeking asylum from detention centres – 'Detention for Detention'.

ERI has brought the human rights of children held in detention in Australia to the attention of the HRC in Geneva. The Edmund Rice Centre Sydney through Phil Glendenning regularly speaks about this denial and abuse of children rights nationally and regionally. Local and national issues of denial and violation of human rights have a global dimension because human rights are universal, indivisible and interdependent.

I wanted to share an Oral Statement made by ERI’s intern Tom Severin from Iona College NYC on June 15 on behalf of ERI and Franciscans International to the 193 States gathering in Room XX at the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) 29th Session in Geneva.

Advocacy! What does it mean in practice?

Our Oceania Chapter document commits us to “continue to listen, walk and advocate, in a spirit of respectful engagement, with those made poor and those abused.” What does this mean in practice, and how can we go about it?

There are many kinds of advocacy happening in our wider community; people speaking up for those who are disadvantaged – the elderly, the poor, the disabled, those forgotten.

Download /Read Shane Wood's Article

Advocacy for Earth

As Thomas Berry has said: “To tell the story of anything we have to tell the story of everything.”

He also challengingly said,

I am not speaking of a human spirituality with special reference to the planet Earth. I am speaking of a quality of the Earth itself. Earth is the maternal principle out of which we are born and whence we derive all that we are and all that we have. In our totality we come into being in and through Earth. We are earthlings. The Earth is our origin, our nourishment, our educator, our healer, our fulfilment. If there is no spirituality in the earth, then there is no spirituality in ourselves.