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  • Can you measure happiness?

    Posted by Amanda

    6 February, 2012

    Ever since the economic crisis, people have been questioning whether money = happiness. For years we were told that economic growth was vital for our well-being and the best way to help keep the economic engine healthy was to spend. Japan, with economic growth of 1% pa (or less) was like a spluttering 4-door sedan compared with India and China's turbo-charged growth of over 8%. You just need to look at some recent headlines from Bloomberg's Business Week to get the picture – "What's New for China's Miracle", "A Thousand Desires Bloom" and "India's New Worldly Women". More was good and happiness was shopping, as confirmed in a blog from the Economist. But times change. It's OK to save, to enjoy simple pleasures and to be content with less. Of course, Christians should applaud this trend as it echoes the biblical truth that pursuing wealth at the expense of others is unwise, greedy and even, ungodly. Some economists and politicians now talk of national well-being in terms broader and deeper than… read more

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  • Hope for Creation

    Posted by Micah Challenge

    2 November, 2011

    By Cath James, Environmental Project Officer at Justice & International Mission Recently I read that The Bureau of Meteorology recorded some of the highest temperatures on record for September. I was shocked. Not because it surprised me, but because I realised I had stopped thinking about the fact that our world is still warming and this will have all sorts of consequences for how we live our lives. I can’t cope with bad news all the time, none of us can. It is only natural that we develop some form of coping mechanism to deal with such a huge threat as climate change. Some people choose to discount the risk or choose to be sceptical, others go into denial. At times this has been my response. Sometimes I stop reading newspaper articles that will tell me about another report with further scientific evidence of human induced climate change, or about the impact on people in the Pacific who are struggling to grow food because their croplands are now salty with increased flooding and kingtides. Instead I have found myself thinking, ‘Surely if it was… read more

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  • Climate change - my grandmother's story

    Posted by Micah Challenge

    11 October, 2011

    Growing up in the city of Nairobi, Kenya, my favourite thing about visiting my grandmother in the rural countryside was the sounds of the roosters crowing in the morning and the cows mooing in the afternoon sun. The contrast between Nairobi's noisy hustle and bustle and the fresh smell of country air, with green, luscious, endless fields, was always refreshing. Nothing was as good as sitting next to the smoky fire having dinner and telling stories till midnight. We would walk under a star studded night sky and during the day, bath in the nearby river with the sound of crickets and birds all around. There's nothing like childhood memories... but in recent times these memories have been changed by a new reality. Every time I visited my grandmother when I was young, she would give me a chicken, potatoes, green bananas, arrowroots - "everything good and healthy," she used to say. When we'd leave she would load us upwith delectable country treats for us to take back to the ‘big city'. Now that I'm grown up, it's a very… read more

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  • Tea and Toast: Take aways and reflections on Voices for Justice

    Posted by Micah

    26 September, 2011

    On the long drive home from Canberra, in the wee hours of the morning, I was asked what I will take away from Voices for Justice. I have come to realise that many of the things I have taken away can be applicable beyond Voices participants. I spent Sept 17-20 in Canberra at Voices for Justice, organised by Micah Challenge. Micah Challenge is a unified movement of over 50 Christian denominations and aid and development organisations who believe that seeking justice for the global poor and marginalised is an integral expression of the Christian faith. Voices for Justice is a campaigning event that builds community and trains everyday Australians, facilitating the opportunity to advocate and lobby politicians to meet our commitment to the Millennium Development Goals and reduce global poverty. "Take aways" // The call to do justice and to use our voice is for all of us - aware that God has gone before us, goes with us, and will follow after us. This was my first Voices for Justice, and I was amazed at both the diversity of organisations, traditions,… read more

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