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.
ENGAGING IN ADVOCACY
Our Nairobi Chapter offers the challenge
You can join the Province Advocacy Group in conversation and action by visiting their Blog at > JUSTERN Blog
You can follow the Justice Desk - ERNSA Justice Campaign for the year! "Promoting The Global Goals for Sustainable Development"
As well as dedicated advocacy work at:
There is an exciting initiative beginning here 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.
Pope Francis has touched on important issues for our time in a way that has engaged more than the Catholic community. Let us hope that it helps to build momentum as we move closer to the world leaders’ conference in Paris later in the year. It remains to be seen what impact it will have on our own government.
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.
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.
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.