By Jacquie Pryor, Editor, EREMOS magazine
At its inception in August 1982, Eremos chose to express its aims in two simple slogans: deepening Christian spirituality and helping Christians to understand and contribute to Australian society.
Twenty-five years have since passed and Australian society has seen massive changes, probably the equal of any in its short history. There has been the advent of an entirely new and infinitely faster system of communication with computers and the internet, an increasingly pluralistic society with faiths other than Christian ready to play a part in beliefs and values, civil and global warfare in new and yet more terrifying forms, a surfeit of information combined with less opportunity for understanding, and finally, research indicating that human activity is contributing to serious imbalances in climate and in nature.
Eremos now holds a taut line between members who feel it is not Christian enough and those who feel it is too Christian. Rather than coming down on one side or the other, Eremos continues to encourage people to experience the tension between certainty and belief, knowing and unknowing.
Contributions to the magazine are accepted on merit and authenticity of expression. You will find honest stories in its pages. You will find articles on ecological concerns, writers struggling with unbelief, contributions from those concerned with inequity and marginalised groups, writers from other faiths sharing how their traditions address universal human challenges, Christians coming to terms with the failures of Christendom at the same time as holding that the Jesus of history, the Jesus of legend and the Jesus of our deeper imagining remains a paradigm of inclusive leadership for these times. An Eremos member once wrote:
‘Eremos won my admiration and recollected my hope in a single sentence. It showed the pathway to living with paradox instead of craving for certainties.’