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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  • Hillsong Mobilises the Masses for Justice

    Posted by Matthew

    4 July, 2013

    Matt Anslow, National Young Adults' Coordinator for TEAR Australia, shares his experience of volunteering with Micah Challenge at Hillsong Conference 2013. Hillsong has not been without its detractors. Every few months, almost like clockwork, you can expect some media outlet to have provided the latest exposé. To be sure, as Australia’s largest church, Hillsong is an easy target for antagonists, including some other Christians. But for all the complications of being so large and so visible, there is also the incredible potential for Hillsong to contribute meaningfully to fighting poverty. And so here I am, writing from Hillsong Conference 2013, where I join other fantastic Micah Challenge volunteers as we engage conference-goers with the reality of global poverty and the Christian mandate to love and do justice. This year Hillsong has chosen to partner with Micah Challenge to encourage its attendees to think about what it means to advocate for the poor. That it has decided to partner with Micah Challenge is a clear sign that Hillsong has a… read more

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  • Faces Behind Finish the Race: Jake Doleschal

    Posted by Micah

    28 May, 2013

    Jake Doleschal is the Finish the Race community leader for the Victorian electorate of Flinders. As a young, passionate advocate who uses his voice to promote social change in a number of different areas, we thought we would let Jake share with you what makes him such a driven activist. Why are you passionate about being an advocate for the poor? My motivation to advocate with the poor is rooted in the gospel of Christ. Indigenous activist Lilla Watson summarizes the essence of this universal call in which Christ beckons us to join, in her response to those coming to help her community - “if you have come here to help me, you are wasting our time. But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together”. I advocate with the poor because when we are unified as a global body, we cannot help but advocate for change! When did you first become involved with Micah Challenge? My first experience with the Micah Challenge was attending Voices for Justice in 2012 (which was a great experience… but quite cold!)… read more

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  • Groundhog Week - Government defers aid commitment again

    Posted by John

    13 May, 2013

    I must confess, it feels a bit like groundhog week to me! Every year since this current Government was elected, we’ve heard assurances that they are committed to a generous and effective aid program, and firmly committed to a very achievable timetable of increasing life-saving and hope-giving foreign aid to 0.5% of our Gross National Income. Yet every year we at Micah Challenge, along with our coalition partners, find ourselves campaigning for the Government to fulfil these commitments. And today Senator Bob Carr, the Minister for Foreign Affairs, has been in the press announcing that they once again plan to defer their commitment to reaching 0.5% of GNI going to aid by another year. This takes the timetable out from the original 2015 target to 2017. We estimate this represents a cut somewhere in the order of $4 billion from projected funding, at the expense of the world’s poorest people. Mr Carr also confirmed they will once again divert almost $400 million from the aid budget next year to pay for the rising costs of onshore asylum seekers,… read more

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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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