I would like to name three markers of ‘true north’ in Edmund Rice education and for me, they are all in clear alignment. These markers suggest to me that the core focus for mission in the tradition of Edmund Rice is the call to be as inclusive as we can be.
Leadership is about inspiration. As John Quincy Adams once said: ‘If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.’ Sometimes we are blessed with a podium and words with which to inspire, but mostly what is required are humble witness and selfless example. No less powerful! The irony is that we inspire more through authenticity and humility than by dazzling skills and eloquent speeches.
For the last three days of September 2015 a representative group nominated by leadership from across the world gathered to draw together into one clear statement an articulation of Edmund Rice Mission as it is currently understood by Christian Brothers and those associated with the Brothers.
We acknowledge the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples of Australia as the traditional owners and custodians of the land of our schools. We are inspired and nurtured by their wisdom, spirituality and experience. We commit ourselves to actively work alongside them for reconciliation and justice. We pay our respects to the Elders; past, present and future. As we take our next step we remember the first footsteps taken on this sacred land.