Edmund Rice Centre for Justice and Community Education
The Edmund Rice Centre for Justice and Community Education exists to challenge popular beliefs and dominant cultural values, to ask the difficult questions, to look at life from the standpoint of the minority, the victim, the outcast and the stranger.
The Centre was established in 1996 - the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. The Centre's work focuses on Indigenous people in Australia and overseas; Refugees and asylum seekers in Australia and internationally; Pacific peoples affected by climate change.
We want to help enable people to change the world through education that begins with awareness raising and ultimately inspires advocacy and social action.
Right Relationships are the key to our work. Our advocacy is done with those we seek to support, not just for them. The First Nations adage “Nothing about us without us” underpins this commitment to help those excluded in our global society to find their voice, be heard, and be responded to.
A spirituality of justice based in gospel values, Catholic Social Teaching and the compassionate ethos of Edmund Rice is the foundation of this work - a work of faith in the reality of the world where real lives are lived, a work of faith “with its boots on”.