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The Micah Challenge blog is a space for discussion and debate about the issues of global poverty, faith, advocacy and justice and the Millennium Development Goals. This blog aims to provoke thought and challenge you to learn more about the issues discussed. We welcome your comments.

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  • The Cross & Climate Change: Introduction

    Posted by The Hope For Creation Team

    25 November, 2013

    For it was the Father’s good pleasure for all the fullness to dwell in Him [Jesus], and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross; through Him, I say, whether things on earth or things in heaven. (Colossians 1:19-20) Too often, Christians hold apart that which should never be separated (theology and practice, discipleship and devotion) and become “practical dualists” or “virtual gnostics”, disregarding “secular” or “worldly” issues, and denying value to the physical world and the issues that impact on God’s creation. However, God’s redeeming grace in the incarnation, death and resurrection of Christ makes this kind of dualistic thinking impossible. In Christ, we see the perfect union of the physical and the spiritual, of heaven and earth, God and Man. For Christians, the cross is central. The idea that God came down from his throne to be enthroned on the cross, dying for the sins of the world has been the heart of Christian theology for twenty… read more

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  • Reflections on the latest UN MDG report

    Posted by Gershon

    15 July, 2013

    The latest UN MDG report was released this month. It’s one of those reports that I really look forward to every year, it’s probably the best snapshot of the progress the world has (and hasn’t) been making in the fight against poverty. Committing a few choice statistics from the report to memory is also a great way to razzle dazzle your friends and colleagues with your ‘amazing’ knowledge of world events. Next dinner party, try a line like this one, “I loved that speech that Malala gave to the UN about education this weekend. Did you know that in the last decade or so, the number of children out of school has almost halved, falling from 102 million in 2000 to 57 million by 2011?” It’s a guaranteed way to get some self-esteem boosting ‘oohs and aahs’. Back to the report. It outlines that many of the Millennium Development Goals are within reach by the 2015 deadline, but to achieve them will require building on the momentum that has been generated, despite the economic difficulties facing many nations. The… read more

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  • Will aid be a priority at the next election?

    Posted by Jennifer

    2 April, 2013

    If you were to ask 20 average Australians to give you a list of their top 5 priorities when it comes to making a decision to vote, how often would foreign aid gain a mention? Having done this very experiment informally myself over recent weeks, I have quickly discovered that education, child care, jobs, immigration policy and other domestic priorities very quickly fill up this list for most people. Climate change policy may feature somewhere around number 4 or 5 for those who have an environmental inclination, but in very few cases will foreign affairs get a mention, let alone foreign aid. It is true that foreign aid currently accounts for only 1.5% of Government expenditure, so why should it be a priority? I would argue that in terms of its capacity to save lives and increase the quality of life for hundreds of thousands of people around the world, this money is some of the most important of all Government expenditure. With a Federal election scheduled for September 14th, Micah Challenge is committed to placing foreign aid high on the agenda of policy… read more

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  • Adventures of an Intern

    Posted by Laura

    26 November, 2012

    Whenever people ask me what it is that I actually do at Micah, I find it a bit hard to explain. “I’m an intern,” I say, “the political engagement intern.” “And what does that mean? What do you do?” “Well,” I begin to explain, “I work in the office, with Ben, learning about the political process, thinking about campaigns, and mulling over how Christians can be engaging with the Australian government, being advocates of the poor, and effectively providing aid.” To be honest, that’s not even half of it. A bit of background: My name is Laura, and I’ve spent the past couple of years at Sydney University studying international relations. It’s been great, but a little bit abstract. For a long time I’ve been interested in issues of poverty, and have had a vague sense of the calling on Christians to actively work to right injustice, but with little sense of what that can, or should look like in reality. Towards the end of last year, I heard that Micah Challenge offered internships,… read more

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