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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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  • Lobbying MPs in Canberra

    Posted by Micah

    16 November, 2010

    This week Caritas Australia's Campaigns Coordinator Alex Engel travelled to Canberra with members of the Micah Challenge coalition to lobby newly elected Members of Parliament (MPs) about issues of global poverty and the Millennium Development Goals. In short, the message was to increase both the quantity and quality of Australia's aid program. Throughout Tuesday and Wednesday, the group met with over 30 different MPs from variety of different political parties to discuss key issues, including healthcare, climate change and improved governance of the aid budget. Alex attended nine of these meetings, including one with an advisor to the Prime Minister Julia Gilliard."The meetings were extremely positive and we found most of the MPs were very receptive to our message," said Alex. "Trips like these are really at the heart of Caritas' work - that is, bringing the voice and needs of the poor to those that have the power to influence change." Caritas has been engaged with Micah Challenge network since 2007, in particular with the annual Voice for Justice lobbying… read more

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  • Theology and good development

    Posted by Micah

    1 November, 2010

    By Steve Bevis, TEAR Australia's NSW Educator What can theology contribute to thinking about good development? What can theology contribute to the task of speaking out about the injustices of our world? Both pursuits have their own secular raison d'etre and long histories of critical reflection that have shaped the tools they use and the goals they aim for. Much of that critical reflection is helpful. Yet, as Christians, we first seek inspiration and guidance from God. Vinay Samuel and Chris Sugden pointed out in the 1980s that the way we think and act on issues of development is related both to our theology and to our worldview. On this issue, as with many others, our theology and worldview can really make a difference. As an example, Samuel and Sugden point out that Luther's extraordinary theological insight into salvation - that it is not the goal of life but its presupposition - led him to radically re-shape his worldview and to act in new ways. They relate that:Luther and his colleague Karlsdat made provision in Wittenberg for the city council to provide… read more

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  • 10.10.10 changed our campus!

    Posted by Micah

    26 October, 2010

    10.10.10 Reflections from Ethan Dean, Cornerstone University, USA 10.10.10. Until this date, this incredible event did not mean much to me. Not until I saw the impact that it had not only on the world, but specifically at Cornerstone University. I say specifically at Cornerstone because what happened on this campus was revolutionary. Hearts were challenged and as a result, hand prints were traced. The week of this Micah Challenge event, Cornerstone was holding a Global Opportunities week. We have mission trips offered to students, multiple campus organizations speaking out on social issues, missionary organizations informing us on unique opportunities. This year we had a unique speaker tell her story of surviving HIV. She at the end of her message promoted Micah Challenge and called roughly 730 people to trace their hands. 730 people!! I was asked by Dana Doll, the West Michigan Micah Challenge representative, to help collect the handprints. Having hundreds of them in my hands I snuck a few peeks at the promises being made. People promised money, time, and… read more

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  • Carlyn Chen talks about Micah Challenge campaign achievements

    Posted by Micah

    23 September, 2010

    Voices for Justice Coordinator, Carlyn Chen, talks about the impact the Micah Challenge campaign is making in Australia. Voices for Justice from CPX on Vimeo. read more

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