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Idols Closer to Home

Idols Closer to Home

by Jim Wallis May 1979

For by grace you have been saved through faith; and this not your own doing, it is the gift of God -- not because of works, lest anyone should boast. --Ephesians 2:8-9

Grace is the logic of a loving God. There is nothing we can do to earn it, win it, or deserve it. Grace is simply a gift, not a reward. We can receive it only by faith, not through good works. As familiar as that is to us, we have great difficulty coming to terms with the meaning and reality of grace. We seem to find innumerable ways to deny the grace that is the free gift of God's love to us. Either we abuse it and make grace self-serving, or we dismiss its reality altogether by acting to establish our own righteousness. In twisting God's purposes to suit our own or in striving to justify ourselves through our own efforts, we have, in fact, denied the grace of God. In so doing, we have denied ourselves the ability to simply rest in that grace, to be changed and used by God's love.

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Micah Global–Board and Trustees

Micah Global–Board and Trustees

by Micah Board

Micah Global Board Member and Trustees requirements

Introduction: Under our constitution (so-called Memorandum and Articles of Association, “Mem and Arts” or M&A) trustees are appointed by majority vote of the existing trustees. Note that the terms “Trustee” (relevant to the charity) and “director/coordinator” (relevant to its subsidiary company limited by guarantee) are used interchangeably and indiscriminately. 

One might think that vote of the members would be “fairer”, but it becomes a legal nightmare defining member rights and recourses, election processes etc. So, we have a procedure that looks to achieve a similar outcome in a way that is consistent with our values.

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Kushamiri Intro Flyer English

Kushamiri Intro Flyer English

Kushamiri - Flourish

Every three years, Micah Global members from around theworld gather for a consultation that is hosted in turn by oneof our regions. This year, Africa is our host. The Africanorganising team would like to invite you to gather on-lineduring the month of September 2021 for worship,conversation, learning and networking. The theme of theconsultation is KUSHAMIRI, which is the beautiful Kiswahiliword for ‘flourish’. What does it look like to 'flourish' in themidst of hard places? The world is saturated with injustice,pain, suffering, greed - and most of our Micah members liveand work on the frontline, advocating for change andshowing a different way. How do we play our part inbringing God's kingdom from 'heaven to earth', running therace well to the end?

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Live Justly Session 5

Live Justly Session 5

by Tearfund

A Chapter of LIVE JUSTLY, published by Micah and Tearfund and edited by Jason Fileta, was offered free online. 

Justice and Advocacy: Using Your Voice to Campaign for Justice

“If you are neutral in situations of injustice you have chosen the side of the oppressor.” - Desmond Tutu

“It is impossible to ignore the political implications of biblical justice.”
- Joel Edwards

 Advocacy: Influencing the decisions, policies and practices of powerful decision-makers, to address underlying causes of poverty, bring justice and support good development. Advocacy never just raises awareness of an issue, problem or situation. It always seeks to change the policies, practices, systems, structures, decisions and atti­tudes that cause the issue, problem or situation so that they work in favour of people living in poverty and injustice.

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Kushamiri Contribution Guidelines

Contribution guidelines

Introduction to Kushamiri

Working in environments that are steeped in entrenched poverty, relentless inequality, greed, injustice and the impact of all of that on society, can leave us wondering what ‘success’ or lasting change looks like. How do we keep changing and bringing change? How do we keep moving forward as a collective, seeing God’s kingdom “come on earth as it is in heaven?” What does it mean to ‘flourish’ from God’s perspective? There are many reminders in the bible of God wanting us to flourish. Psalm 1:1-6 tell us that we will be like trees planted by streams of water, bearing good fruit. Psalm 92 speaks of the righteous flourishing. But what does Godly flourishing look like in today’s world and in your context?

 

The flourishing we seek is described in the invitation and the promise of Jesus Christ to his followers: “I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing” (John 15:5). It is this active abiding, us in Christ and Christ in us. We will also consider the fruit which such abiding produces, in our lives and in the communities where we are located. Considering flourishing from a biblical perspective, we are also reminded also of the text in Revelation 22:2 where the tree of life has twelve kinds of fruit and produces fruit every month. And the leaves of this tree are for the healing of the nations.

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Does Integral Mission include everything that God requires of us and does God require of us everything included in Integral Mission?

Does Integral Mission include everything that God requires of us and does God require of us everything included in Integral Mission?

Daniel Hillion  -  SEL France

May  2021

The Micah Network owes its name to the well-known verse from the Old Testament prophet: ‘What does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.’

(Micah 6:8) Its fundamental concept is ‘Integral Mission’ whose definition has been given in the Micah Declaration on Integral Mission (2001).

The concept of ‘Integral Mission’ has received widespread acceptance among the Evangelical Christians who are acquainted with it and part of its definition has been included in the Cape Town Commitment, giving it still more weight. Yet one wonders if everybody really gives it the same meaning, despite some common general ideas receiving acceptance, like ‘evangelism and social action belong together’.

The aim of this paper is to discuss the scope of Integral Mission. It seems to me that the expression ‘Integral Mission’ as used by the Micah Network tends to include everything that God requires of us, whereas the term ‘Mission’ has not always had so broad a meaning among Christians. Instead, mission has been viewed as only one of the things (maybe the most important) that God requires of us. 

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Connecting Beyond Borders

I live in the desert. The high beautiful rugged Chihuahuan desert covering north central Mexico and the southwestern United States. My city lies on the shores of the Rio Grande river, or the Rio Bravo, depending which side you are on, a river meandering over 3,000 kilometers from the Rocky Mountains to the Gulf of Mexico. As the river passes through our region, the sister cities of El Paso and Ciudad Júarez, it abruptly becomes the dividing line between the United States and Mexico, and remains the dividing line for the rest of its journey, snaking another 2,000 kilometers to the south and east.

The river, a source of sustenance and beauty and rest and life in the desert, has been transformed into a wall of division. A wall defining specific boundaries and separating those who are in from those who are out and those who are out from those who are in. Until about 60 years ago the river would still meander when it flooded, changing its pathway, as if to defy efforts to control the line. Yet in more recent years it has become increasingly channelized and fortified.

Like so many places in the world, our region has been affected by waves of colonization. First the Spaniards swept through in the late 1500’s, subjugating the many native tribes in the area. Then it became part of the newly formed nation of Mexico after independence from Spain. The United States wrested control of the area from Mexico in 1848 as part of its effort to expand westward in order to span from the Atlantic to the Pacific oceans. It is not uncommon to hear someone in these parts say “I didn’t cross the border. The border crossed me.” What once was connected is now divided. And the dividing wall keeps being built higher in an effort to emphasize this division.

And yet the twin cities of El Paso in the United States and Ciudad Júarez in Mexico are so intricately intertwined. There is a shared heritage, a mix of culture, of language, of music, of food, of commerce, of humor. Family members live on both sides of the border, sometimes crossing daily for work or for school, or to visit their grandparents and shop. Many children in my neighborhood spend their weekends on the other side of town, which happens to be in another country. We are so interconnected. And yet there is a wall dividing us, and the contrasts are stark.

The El Paso-Juarez metropolis represents a microcosm of so many of the issues facing our world today, and the issues facing so many of us as members of Micah Global. A world increasingly divided between those who have so much and those who have very little. A world where political, military, economic, and often religious interests combine to move forward in ways that make sense for the powerful, but have dire consequences for the vulnerable. How do we respond to larger issues of power, injustice, religiously-sanctioned oppression, stark income inequality, nationalism, racial tensions, historical trauma, current trauma, and, in some instances, the marriage of Christianity and empire?

In our context, we struggle daily with what it means to live and walk in the way of Jesus in the midst of these forces. How do we act justly? How do we love mercy? How do we walk humbly with our God? How do we speak truth and bring to light that which is hidden? How do we love our neighbors? How do we embody a wholistic, integrated Gospel?

Many questions remain, and yet, along with the global family of Micah, we know that inspired ways forward emerge as we fall to our knees, develop friendships, listen deeply to our neighbors, draw close to the margins, elevate voices of the hurting, cry out in agony with those who suffer, leverage what we have, and open up opportunities for learning and encounters. And somewhere along the journey we regain a sense of our interconnectedness despite the barriers separating us.

Sami DiPasquale Micah Global Board Member, Executive Director of Abara El Paso, Texas, USA
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Pastor Covid 19

Pastor Covid 19

Dr. Rev. Joseph Nyamutera and Rev. Suzi Harriff

February 2021

This article is the fruit of long days of reflecting on my work as a pastor. I was challenged after listening to the struggles of many faith leaders in my area and abroad. I could not keep cool in my confinement after hearing the comments of members of congregations and those we can call the spectators of the church in this time of the Covid 19 pandemic. I am the kind of person who asked like the prophet Isaiah ‘Lord send me’ (Isaiah 6:8). I was worried that God’s people might come out of this curve without learning and becoming better. Paul talks about some who learn but they do not simply get it (2 Timothy 3:7). In African cultures which are rather oral and communal, most of us are not used to meditation, long times of silence. We do not have journals to record our daily learning, we think it is a waste of good time that should be used in telling stories, singing and laughing with our families and friends. In so denying God the opportunity to speak to us, most of church leaders find themselves stuck in their spiritual journey and start to diminish like a bar of soap. Read more
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Climate Church Talk

Climate Church Talk

Climate Church Talk

A sermon outline by Tearfund

February 2021

Thank you for downloading our guide to talking about climate change at church. In this resource, we’ve written our top tips and example wordings for a short announcement and a full sermon for you to use in a Sunday service.

Whether you’ve only got time for a quick announcement, or you’ve got a whole sermon slot, you can help people understand the climate emergency and be inspired by God’s love for creation and his heart for justice. We’ve also made some slides to go with these talks, which you can download on our website at: www.tearfund.org/actresources

Please email us at campaigns@tearfund.org at least two weeks before you speak at your church so we can pray for you and support you as you prepare. If your church is meeting in person, then we could also send you some cards so people can sign the petition during the talk and commit to pray.

Thank you for supporting the campaign and inviting others to get on board too!

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Black Lives Matter

Black Lives Matter

Tearfund - February 2021

On May 25, 2020, a 46-year-old African American named George Floyd died in police custody after a white police officer knelt on his neck for a period of eight minutes and 46 seconds during arrest. The incident was filmed by an onlooker and footage shows that the police officer persisted despite Mr. Floyd pleading for his life and saying that he could not breathe. George Floyd’s death has triggered massive protests across our country and the world. An outpouring of centuries of pain and frustration has been seen in a groundswell of protest against racism in the US and globally, and a trend in the use of the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter on social media.

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