Call for action: ‘The time for change is now'

Today the Prime Minister announced October 14 as the polling date for the Voice referendum. Read the media release from Allies for Uluru, a coalition of nearly 300 social sector organizations, including The Edmund Rice Centre for Justice and Community Education. “The announcement represents another crucial step towards a ‘Yes’ vote, which would offer Australia a unique opportunity to progress human rights, justice and equality by ensuring the voices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are brought into the heart of our national dialogue.”

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Justice Reflections From Fr. Claude

Twenty Second Sunday of the Year

Both Matthew and Paul call us to a countercultural passion. Jesus shows that being the Messiah is not how the disciples see it. After proclaiming his faith in Jesus, Peter tempts Jesus to use his power to become a security blanket in the event of suffering involved in following him. Jesus has talked about the suffering that may be involved when following him. ‘Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. Concern for safety can be a vicious circle. It hinders one’s freedom to give of oneself.

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ERC Uluru Statement and Voice Referendum resources featured on IEU news month

As our nation moves towards a historic referendum on Indigenous Constitutional Recognition and a Voice to Parliament, we at the Edmund Rice Centre for Justice and Community Education have produced resources to help teachers, students and the community at large to understand the Voice to Parliament referendum and the Uluru Statement from the Heart. Sue Osborne from the Independent Education Union NSW/ACT Branch visited ERC to interview the group of staff and volunteers involved in preparing the resources. All these resources are produced in collaboration with Dr Darryl Cronin, ERC indigenous research officer based in Darwin. Click here to read the article.

Click the following links to download the resources:

Uluru Statement from the Heart discussion resource kit

Uluru Statement from the Heart resource kit for teachers

Preparing for the Voice resource kit 

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