Fifth Sunday of Lent

What is God up to? According to Jeremiah, religion is getting a complete makeover from something formal, external and calcified to something alive that can touch peoples’ lives. Jeremiah speaks of God’s desire for a new and more intimate covenant that is gut-located, heart-centered, and mind-penetrated. This motherly wants nothing to do with punishment and over and over again ‘gambles on love’. This covenant, written or tattooed on our hearts, is a law of love and care, not hate and punishment. As we see immense suffering, death and destruction through war and violence, great polarisations, nationalism, genocide and xenophobia, we ask how people who say they know God can continue by their actions or silence to allow dehumanisation, dispossession, oppression and exploitation of Palestinians, indigenous peoples, refugees and migrants to continue.

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International Women's Day webinar: Let Her Learn- Empowering women and girls through education

Join us on International Women's Day for a discussion about women's education, with particular reference to women's experiences in Afghanistan and Iran. Speakers will include Azam Sadeghpour, spokesperson for the Iranian Women's Association Australia, Najeebah Wasefadost, Founder Global Refugee Network, Rita Anwari, Founder and President of Women Empowerment and Leadership and Andree Brown, Executive Director of Edmund Rice Community Services.

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For enquiries, contact Farid Ghalib at [email protected] 

Compassionate sovereign borders

With the arrival of a group of individuals in Western Australia on 16 February 2024, political parties have once again begun dehumanizing people and treating them as pawns in their political games. Such cruel and inhumane policies do not reflect the values of Australians. The Edmund Rice Centre advocates for a compassionate approach to resolving this issue. We strongly oppose indefinite offshore detention. Externalizing Australia’s asylum obligations has undermined the rights of those seeking safety and protection, leading to serious harm to their physical and mental health.

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