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  • Voices for Justice 2010 - stories of hope and prophetic engagement

    Posted by Micah

    30 June, 2010

    Reflections on Voices for Justice 2010 from John Mark Ministries The events of last week in Canberra were life-changing, and I'm not talking about that dramatic night when the Government brought down its own Prime Minister. I am talking about the annual Micah Challenge Voices for Justice conference. I first went to this event in 2008 and I said then that it was the best conference I have ever been to, as it was a perfect combination of learning and teaching, and then putting it all into practice. So it was with much excitement that about 320 of us made our way to the nation's capital to lobby our nation's leaders on behalf of millions who have no voice. The main asks of Voices for Justice this year were for the Australian Government to increase its overseas aid giving to 0.7% of Gross National Income (GNI) by 2015, and to increase action on climate change. The Government has already committed to spending 0.5% of GNI on aid by 2015. This is a commendable move, but it is not enough to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) which Australia, along… read more

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  • Voices for Justice 2010 - A powerful experience

    Posted by Matthew

    21 June, 2010

    Voices for Justice 2010 participant , Matt Anslow, reflects on his time in Canberra Here I am, third day in. I didn't get to blog last night, as I went straight to bed after sessions finished... The reason for such laziness was so that I could get up at 5:30 to get to Parliament House on time for a session with PM Kevin Rudd and Opposition Leader Tony Abbott. More about that later. Yesterday was a great day (once again). I did some sessions on Climate Change and Political Policy Making, which were both incredibly helpful. At night we ran a public service of repentance out the front of Parliament House, hearing from Roshan Mendis (our international guest from Sri Lanka) and others about the needs in our world and the need for a personal response in the way we live our lives individually and collectively. It was a powerful experience to stand with 300 others Christians who care about justice, kindness and the political process. Click here to read more of Matt's blog post. read more

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  • Being a nag for the poor

    Posted by Micah

    21 June, 2010

    Voices for Justice 2010 participate Nils von Kalm reflects on his time in Canberra This morning the Prime Minister and Leader of the Opposition spoke at what was quite literally our signature event - signing the Micah Call - a statement pledging to support the aims of Micah Challenge - something that 112,000 other Australians have signed. When Mr. Abbott spoke, he mentioned that we are nags and that people in power need nags like us to keep them accountable. One of the things that has jumped out at me at this event is that our times of worship - when we're singing - are so much more meaningful in the context of what we are ultimately here for. Over the last 2 days we have spent a bit of time singing songs of praise to God for who He is - a God of justice, mercy, and compassion. And it meant so much more than just words, as we were here in the nation's capital to put into practice the words of the prophet Micah - to do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with our God (Micah 6:8). The worship was not just a feel-good session of empty praise. I'm so glad to be… read more

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  • Voices for Justice: Micah 6:8

    Posted by Micah

    20 June, 2010

    Voices for Justice 2010 participant, Mark, reflects on his time in Canberra This weekend I'm out of town in this sunny nations capital, Canberra. Why they didn't just agree that Sydney was a lovely city and really should have been made the capital is beyond me. Canberra is quite similar visually it seems, to the boil on the British landscape that is Milton Keyenes, but there is no accounting for taste. Anyway, why am I here? Stevey B and I are down here to lead worship for Micah Challenge's Voices for Justice conference. VFJ is an amazing event that gathers Christians together to lobby parliament on issues of social justice, aid, poverty, climate change and more, it was set up to help Christians take seriously the mandate of Micah 6:8: Do justice, love kindness and walk humbly with God. It's fair to say I'm being challenged by it all. Tomorrow a group of about 300 people of all ages will be going into Parliament house to meet with Prime Minister Rudd and other parliamentary leaders to question and challenge them on where the government will be spending its… read more

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