Micah Challenge Australia Blog

 

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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  • North Sydney kicks off Finish the Race events

    Posted by Jasmin

    9 May, 2013

    "Justice Sunday", held at Northside Baptist Church on 28 April, was the first, of what we hope to be many collaborative and catalytic Finish the Race events in the lead up to the election. The aim of the event was to bring together representation from different churches in the North Sydney electorate, as well as different agencies, all working together as a collective voice for justice in the lead up to the election. The event was preceded by a dinner on the Saturday night, hosted by World Vision Australia's CEO, Tim Costello. This really set the tone for the rest of the weekend, with a great feel of camaraderie and unity felt as there was a sense of the electorate coming together to achieve the same goal. The following day's events strengthened this positive atmosphere, with Tim Costello speaking at the church service about the role of Christians promoting social change throughout history, followed by a two-hour training session lead by Jody Lightfoot from World Vision's campaigns team. The group discussed effective strategies about how… read more

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  • Faces Behind Finish the Race: Linda Hanson

    Posted by Micah

    2 May, 2013

    Linda Hanson is the Finish the Race community leader for the Wide Bay electorate. Here Linda shares about why she is so passionate about the Finish the Race campaign, and the role she plays in her community as a voice of change and advocate for social justice. Why are you passionate about being an advocate for the poor? The theme for the Uniting Church National Youth Convention in 2001 was Micah 6: 8 and ever since then this verse has struck a chord with me. All throughout the bible there are verses like this where Jesus is telling us as disciples to advocate for the poor and vulnerable. If I want to be real in my faith I can’t ignore these verses. How did you first become involved with Micah Challenge? I wrote a letter as part of the first letter writing campaign and in later years encouraged congregational members to do the same. Why have you committed to be a part of Finish the Race? After going to Voices for Justice last year I learnt that where I can be most effective is as an advocate in my home community. Also, before I went I thought my… read more

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  • Reflecting on Micah's training modules and change in the church

    Posted by Micah Challenge

    8 April, 2013

    Kylie Dundas writes this blog upon reflection of her participating in our online Training Modules over the past couple of months. She reflects on what she has learnt in the training, as well as sharing her experiences of social change within her church. I have recently been undertaking the Micah Challenge Training modules on how to create social change. Whilst it always initially seems too difficult to squeeze in another activity into my already overflowing schedule, I’ve found these modules to be helpful and interesting. It’s helped me reflect upon my own personal journey of advocating and demonstrating love to the poor and needy of this world. The training has also led me to more critically reflect upon my leadership of a social justice group within my local church. 6 years ago my local church had no social justice ministry, we were pretty inward focused, and not feeling very empowered (or even motivated) to change anything. In 2009 a Catalyst group formed (a Baptist World Aid Australia program) by a small group of 5 people who wanted to see a… read more

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  • Driven to action - Scott's pledge to Finish the Race

    Posted by Scott

    27 March, 2013

    It’s official. There are now more overweight people in the world than undernourished. According to the World Health Organisation, in 2008, more than 1.4 billion adults, 20 and older, were overweight. I am one of them. Ok, I prefer to think of it as pleasantly plump, but however I describe it, I find it disturbing that in a world with such plenty 868 million people don’t have enough to eat. Statistics like this are not only disturbing; they drive many to despair, to throw their hands in the air and sigh at the intractability of the problem. They have the opposite effect on me. They drive me to action, because I believe the situation can change. Take undernourishment. In 1990 there were just on a billion hungry people in the world. In the 20 years since then the world population has grown by 1.5 billion, mostly in poorer countries, yet the number of undernourished people has declined by more than 100 million. And the trends are all in the right direction, whether you’re thinking income poverty, child mortality, or kids in school. I was in… read more

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