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Today we share the news that Brooke Prentis has tendered her resignation as CEO of Common Grace for personal reasons.
Brooke has long been a passionate pursuer of Jesus and justice. From the early days of Common Grace, Brooke has been a strong contributor and leader, including five years as a volunteer as Aboriginal spokesperson. As an Aboriginal Christian Leader and a proud Wakka Wakka woman, Brooke has inspired, educated, and invited many to change their heart and seek justice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
As CEO for the past two years, Brooke has helped grow the Common Grace movement with many more people praying, taking action, and even knitting to see justice reign. Highlights from Brooke’s time at Common Grace include seeing the Common Grace movement put #ChangeTheHeart services in their annual calendar, seeing creation and climate justice put on the national and international agenda with ‘Knit for Climate’, and raising a gracious and generous Christian voice in the public conversation through engagement with media, churches, and schools nationally.
Brooke says, “I have long dreamed of an Australia built on truth, justice, love, and hope. The Common Grace movement, each of you, made me believe my impossible dream is possible. Thank you for your support of me as the first Aboriginal person to be CEO or Leader of a National Christian organisation in these lands now called Australia. As I have often said – together we feel less tired and less alone. I will continue to pray and act to make the dream a reality knowing all things are possible with God when we love our neighbour as Jesus commanded and may we see justice flow like a mighty river. May you know and live these things as well as we continue to act together for the common good, discover common ground, and share in common grace.
In Brooke’s new season she will be releasing a book which aims to assist non-Indigenous Australians to engage, build, and deepen relationship with Aboriginal peoples and Aboriginal Christian Leaders. If you would like to keep up to date with the release of Brooke’s book, you are welcome to sign up directly at www.brookeprentis.com. Please note that this is a personal project not under the banner of Common Grace and as such you can choose to provide your contact details to Brooke to receive updates about the book.
On behalf of the Common Grace movement, we wish Brooke all the very best and will continue to uphold her in prayer as she embarks on this new season.
The Board will commence a recruitment process for the role of CEO, taking the necessary time, prayer, and discernment. In the interim, the Board will support the staff team in continuing Common Grace’s important work of formation and campaigning.
Without a doubt, our world still desperately needs a movement of people pursuing Jesus and justice. Together. We appreciate your prayers and ongoing support and partnership.
Yours in pursing Jesus and justice,
Board Chair, on behalf of the Board of Common Grace