Guide to Formation, Leadership, Immersion, Professional Development and Networking Opportunities.
Dear staff and friends of EREA,
2018 is a significant year for both the Christian Brothers and EREA. It marks the 150th Anniversary of the second venture of Christian Brothers into Australia, with the arrival of Ambrose Treacy and his three confrères into Melbourne in 1868. In September, EREA will conduct its second Congress – an event that brings people together to reflect on EREA’s mission and set some broad directions for the next period of its story.
Both of these events serve to spotlight EREA’s call to mission as part of the broader Church community – a mission of inclusivity, compassion, justice, and liberation. Our current Charter touchstones, renewed in 2017, offer school communities a real focus for the living out of this Gospel vision. The opportunities to come together to explore our communal and individual participation in the active expression of these touchstones, is the essence of Full of Life.
Whenever we enter into relationship with our sacred stories we open ourselves to the potential for transformation. When our hearts burn with passion for a new idea or our eyes open with wonder to a new perspective, we are fully alive. What is crucial then, is that the encounters, conversations and experiences that we are invited into via Full of Life promote questioning rather than certainty and challenge rather than comfort. For it is in these spaces that the Spirit moves most acutely within us, calling us to see and respond to the cry of the poor and the Earth.
“The Spirit is always hovering over the waters of chaos, bringing forth new life. It is the wind that brings change into life and turns it upside down and inside out. This is what a follower of Jesus always has to deal with: the Spirit is in the storm”
(The Spirit Moving in Our Midst: Be My Disciple; Christian Brothers, 2008 Chapter)
Programs of global immersion and the recently launched Edmund Rice Education Beyond Borders Leadership Certificate provide opportunities that move people beyond their own cultural and geographical comfort zone. This is the value of being part of an international network where the voices of all peoples and lands can be considered and appreciated. Our awareness of the interconnectedness of all life has never been greater, nor more central to the way we build relationships.
Full of Life offers a unique invitation to take time to pause, notice and attend to the stirrings of our hearts. In this sacred space, may your own reflection and discernment connect you intimately with the liberating vision that the Gospel calls us to seek for all creation.
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.