by our vision for fullness of life, EREA stands ready to respond to
Pope Francis’ urgent call to come together to care for our common home
by launching the Sustainability at EREA initiative.
Our National Gathering for Sustainability at EREA – You're Invited
On June 1, representatives of the EREA Network will gather at the National Arboretum in Canberra to respond to Pope Francis’ call to come together and care for our common home. At this place of renewal and restoration, overlooking our nation’s capital, we will pause to look back on our absence from our common home, to perceive the emerging horizon of our return and to co-create a path that might enable us to get there - together. In doing so, we will be seeking to follow Pope Francis’ claim that, “…when our hearts are open to universal communion, this sense of fraternity excludes nothing and no one.” (Laudato si’, 92).
Further information, including an invitation and application details can be found here.
Our Pathway Home Together
As we set out on our journey, our pathway home will be paved by our coming together to learn, co-inquire and co-create an emerging future.
We pray that it might transform our hearts and minds.
To glimpse the horizon ahead, we have created a series of posters that can be used to tell the story of what we hope this initiative and the future it seeks to create will enable.
We have developed a range of resources to enable us to come together and care for our common home. As well as providing the narrative posters and resources to engage in the storytelling campaign, we have also provided a set of Laudato si’postcards that can be used for reflection.
Sharing stories to renew our connection to 'our common home'
Our First Steps Home - Sharing our stories
To launch Sustainability at EREA, we are embarking upon a storytelling campaign. We invite you to share your story of advocating for the rights of all people and our planet. Making our practices more visible might set our schools on thepath envisaged by Pope Francis. One where. "everything is interconnected and genuine care for our own lives and our relationships with nature is inseparable from fraternity, justice and faithfulness to others."(LS 70).
This toolkit will help you tell your story as a journey board, video or podcast. It also includes a guide for teachers to assist students in this creative process. All you need is at your fingertips and by telling your story, you will be joining thousands of other young people across the country in helping to shine a light on the work that schools across the EREA Network are doing to care for our common home.
Held side by side in Canberra, the EREA Principals Conference (May 31- June 2) and the National Gathering for Sustainability (June 1) will bring our network together to co-inquire and co-create our emerging future. With stories from the storytelling campaign harvested, we will have the opportunity to reflect on where we are, while we also take the time to create new possibilities. Stay tuned for more information about registering for the National Gathering for Sustainability.
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.