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A Once in a Lifetime Opportunity

When I first heard of Edmund Rice, as an excited young recruit into Eddie Rice camps in Perth, I had no idea that my involvement with the Network would incite the passion for social justice and advocacy that has become such a fundamental part of my adult life. The more involved I became with various […]

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A Rights-based Approach to Advocacy in Oceania

  Human Rights are inscribed in the heart of people; they were there long before lawmakers drafted their proclamation. (Mary Robinson, former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights) Through an invitation from Peter Clinch and Shane Wood who lead the ministries outreach of Oceania, I was privileged to present workshops on the vision and work […]

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The Wretched of the Earth

Aidan Donaldson is Chaplain at St Mary’s Christian Brothers’ Grammar School, Belfast. He also plays a key leadership role in the Edmund Rice Network particularly in ‘Project Zambia’ part of the Christian Brothers’ Developing World Immersion Program. Here is Aidan’s reflection on a recent experience in Zambia:- “Trying to come to any sort of an […]

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An ERI Internship in Geneva

When I arrived in Geneva to start my work as an ERI intern I did not know what to expect. Would I be getting coffee for four weeks, or perhaps making photocopies? These questions could not have been farther from the truth. In my four short weeks in Geneva I was able to apply years […]

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Geneva – My Little Voice in the City of Justice

 Vijay Kumar was one of the group of young people who came to Geneva recently to lobby around the submission that a group of children had written for the Universal Periodic Review of India. Here is his account of the visit:- A couple of years ago when I was in school I was introduced to […]

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John Donne, Priest, Poet (1631)

Today, in the Anglican Church, the Book of Common Prayer commemorates John Donne, priest and poet. I was struck by the beauty and aptness of this combination. Priests and poets are both breakers of the Word, albeit in different ways. Macrina Wiederkehr has a beautiful poem, Twilight Hour, which I post here. “Twilight’, she says, […]

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Chant, Prayer and Justice

Sometimes we wonder about the connection between prayer and doing the work of justice. Scrabbling around on the Internet this morning searching for a prayer resource I came across a reference to Margaret Rizza, the composer of chant and sacred music. Margaret has been involved for many years with spirituality and with different groups seeking […]

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The Courage to Die Well

These days the media has been focused, at least in the UK, on the tragic death of Jade Goody, a reality TV celebrity, who when diagnosed with cancer decided to live her final days and last moments as a media event. One thinks of others who lived their final illness more or less publicly; Pope […]

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Bist du bei mir

Solidarity, one of the great words of the last century when we still believed that humanity was fundamentally on an upward trajectory towards the Kingdom of God, social justice, the triumph of the proletariat, and whatever other form of Utopia happened to be around. Maybe we’ve become a little disenchanted in the meantime. And present […]

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We need People

Barack Obama is not the only person who needs to build a grassroots network. We also need you to help us. If you feel like contributing, we would be glad to hear from you. Please make contact with us so that you, too, can be a member of the ERI Blog Team.

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