Introducing EREMOS Magazine’s new editor

3rd May 2020
By Eremos
We are delighted to introduce our website readers to the new editor for EREMOS magazine.

























Introducing EREMOS Magazine’s new editor


We are delighted to introduce our website readers to the new editor for EREMOS magazine. It has taken some time for the right person to emerge for this position but the time has been fruitful.   John Foulcher is eminently qualified, not only in terms of skills and experience, but also in his understanding of the Eremos purpose and culture. Now retired, John was a teacher of English and Drama for forty years; his final position was Deputy Principal at Burgmann Anglican School in Canberra. 

John is also a recognised poet. Having published eleven books of poetry, he is currently working on his twelfth. In 2010/11 he was the Australia Council’s resident at the Keesing Studio in Paris. In 2019 he won a $10,000 ACU Poetry Award. He has also acted as poetry editor for The Canberra Times and Voices, the magazine of the National Library of Australia. 

John’s describes his varied background of church affiliation, ‘I was born into the Methodist tradition, attended a Baptist church in early life, taught in a Catholic school and became a foundational house church member before being confirmed as an adult into the Anglican church. My wife, Jane, is an Anglican priest who lectures in Theology and is Deputy Director at St Mark’s Institute in Canberra.’

Of his connection with Eremos John writes, ‘I was involved with Eremos in its foundational stages, attending retreats and contributing to EREMOS. Over time, though, I lost touch with the organisation. Last year, while studying a course in Spiritual Direction, I met Frances Mackay and subsequently re-joined Eremos. When Frances approached me about the possibility of becoming EREMOS editor, I felt excited and enthusiastic by the challenge. I’m attracted to Eremos’s sensible, experiential approach to Christianity and spirituality in general. It’s an intelligent, thoughtful contribution to our spiritual discourse in this country; it’s thorough but not esoteric, sensitive rather than dogmatic.’

Frances and John will work together in the coming months to ensure a smooth transition of editorial responsibilities. We look forward to this next chapter in the life of our magazine and wish John well.

Written by Frances MacKay, outgoing EREMOS editor.




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