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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  • Why I support Micah Challenge

    Posted by Matthew

    23 August, 2011

    Blogger, Matt Anslow, on why he's a long-term Micah Challenge supporter Micah Challenge is both a necessary and potent instrument for God's kingdom. I want to tell you how and why I got involved. Micah Challenge is both a necessary and potent instrument for God's kingdom. I want to tell you how and why I got involved. Before I began working for TEAR Australia (one of Micah Challenge's coalition partners) I worked in a local church, studied theology (which I still am), and lectured in Biblical Studies (which I still do). My time in church ministry taught me many things, including that as a collective unit Christians have the ability to change the world through both their voice and action. Unfortunately, in my experience, there are times when Christians band together to stand for causes that are somewhat peripheral to the central issues that Jesus himself addressed (straining out gnats, but swallowing camels?). Nonetheless, the Church has great potential to change the world for good, and this potential has fortunately been realised in many episodes of… read more

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  • Wrestling and Repenting

    Posted by Marty

    1 August, 2011

    Last year's church engagement intern, Marty Richardson, looks back at his time at Micah Challenge. During my time with Micah Challenge I really benefited from the chance to consider my place in the Kingdom of God, a Kingdom that is not removed from this world of inequalities, but a Kingdom that brings great hope to all humanity as we struggle with issues of poverty and injustice. My internship experience greatly challenged me in my beliefs and the practice of my faith. This challenge has been healthy, as it is always healthy to process Biblical and ethical issues in the context of our lives. One event that particularly sticks in my memory is an evening at Voices for Justice last year when some of my questions and learning about aid and development and the part I'm called to play seemed to come together and a few answers fell my way. As the 'Service of Public Repentance' on the front lawns of Parliament House (in Canberra; In June - brrrrrrr!) commenced, I stood standing to the side of a very cold group of people feeling very tired and not highly engaged.… read more

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  • Church leaders for aid!

    Posted by Simon

    21 July, 2011

    It might not always be as easy as Bono makes it look, but speaking up on behalf of people living in poverty, the most vulnerable of our global society, is not just an optional extra for those of us in the Christian faith. The Bible clearly tells us in Proverbs 31:8-9, "Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy." Since its inception in 2004, Micah Challenge has done just that by mobilising thousands of grassroots advocates to speak up to the Australian Government on behalf of people in need. At the recent trip to Canberra, Micah Challenge lobby groups showed politicians that those advocates represent a wide Church community in Australia, which is also unified and passionate about social justice issues! A couple of weeks ago, on a cold and windy Canberra morning (aren't they all?) a team of Micah Challenge staff and Church leaders from many denominations assembled in Australian Parliament House, including senior representatives of the Anglican,… read more

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  • Voices for Justice: Go!

    Posted by Micah

    28 June, 2011

    Voices for Justice participant, Adam, reflects on his time in Canberra last year In order to attend Voice for Justice last year I had to get two days off work (and as I as I was new at a new job at the time, it was all the leave I had); pay a fair amount of money for plane tickets, food, and conference registration; and visit a distant city to do something I have never done before without a single person I knew in sight. I do not regret it. So what did I learn? I have learnt that politicians are people, and not just the nameless, faceless cogs of government I thought they were. It is true - some MPs will not make waves, preferring to do what is politically convenient; yet others went far beyond the call of duty, organising our security passes and encouraging other MPs to meet us. I know now that lobbying does make a difference. To make big change I think you need public support and political support. Voices for Justice has secured a lot of political support. Rudd and Abbott described us as the nagging prophets asking for justice. I would say the description… read more

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