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Sunday, 10 July 2016 21:46

A just future beckons us

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Sr Ruth Durick osu 150During the CRA National Assembly, we were led through an ecological reading of scripture to look ahead, to see what is emerging ahead of us, to let the future arise and to take responsibility for the universe’s unfolding, writes CRA President Sister Ruth Durick osu.

Since the last edition of Pathways the National Assembly of CRA has been held at Leura NSW. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Sr Berneice Loch rsm for taking on the role of President during these past two years. This time in the church and in society is both a challenging and a beckoning time for consecrated religious. I thank Berneice for her confident and compassionate leadership during this time.

I would also like to thank those who have contributed to the work of the CRA Council during these past 2 years: Br. Jeffrey Crowe sm, Sr Bernadette Kiley op, Sr Annette Arnold rsj, Sr Sally Bradley rsm, Fr John Mulrooney msc. While Council work is an extra demand of those in leadership it is also a wonderful network of peer support for leaders. Thank you for your contribution and for your friendship over these past two years. Thank you also to Sr Rosemary Grundy pbvm and Becci Swan and all members of the CRA staff who helped make the assembly such a success.

During the Assembly Sr Elaine Wainwright rsm challenged us by her exposition of the thinking of John Haught in "Resting on the Future: Catholic Theology for an Unfinished Universe” and through her leading us in an ecological reading of scripture to look ahead, to see what is emerging up ahead of us, to let the future arise and to take responsibility for the universe’s unfolding.

As of this writing, we are still awaiting a clear outcome of the recent Australian federal election. Whoever forms government, let us pray for an open, compassionate and inclusive approach to our society. In contests and competitions where it seems that the rule is ‘winner takes all’ we can help create spaces where collaboration, dialogue and discernment can happen; where truth can be spoken and heard; where the cry of our earth reaches into the depths of our hearts and where those on the margins of society are kept in the centre of our considerations, our prayer and our action – where the future truly beckons us.

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