Micah Network member, the Institute for Studies in Asian Church and Culture (ISACC) is once again hosting a course for development practitioners on how spirituality facilitates genuine transformation.
Through the intensive 8-day course, learners will be introduced to social theories, theologies on the roots of poverty, dependency, gender issues and development approaches. The course will feature the following trainers:
Dr. Bill Dyrness, Theologian Art Historian, Fuller Theological Seminary
Dr. Grace Dyrness, Sociologist-Anthropologist, University of Southern California
Dr. Wayan Mastra, Pastor-Theologian, Dyhana Pura Foundation
Rev. Mac Bradshaw, Missiologist-Spiritual Director, World Vision
Dr. Melba Padilla Maggay, Social Anthropologist, ISACC
Food for the Hungry and George Fox University are co-sponsoring a conference entitled Transformational Development which will be held in Newberg, Oregon from August 14-16, 2008.
The Transformational Development Conference seeks to explore what it means to be transformational in all aspects of Christian development work. To go beyond a mere label, we must acknowledge the demands placed on us by the promise the term connotes. Transformational development's distinctives should be found across the spectrum, impacting not just our scope of activities but our outcomes, not just motivations but operations, not just where we go or send but the posture with which we serve.
This conference hopes to bring together a broad interdisciplinary group of participants interested in wrestling with these issues and building sound academic foundations for both engaging in and educating for Christian development.
The plenary speakers include Dr. Bryant Myers, Dr. Evvy Campbell and Dr. Brian Fikkert. The conference sponsors are looking for presentations from faculty and graduate students (and poster presentations from undergraduate students).
Micah Network would like to thank our members for responding to our call for comments last month!
We've heard from many of you and your inputs on the documents will go a long way in helping us consider, articulate and shape the strategic role we can play in disaster management, capacity building and coordination. The comments will be reviewed in detail and expect to hear from us in the coming weeks.
Arrangements are also underway for a Strategic Conversation on Disaster Management in Thailand the week of September 8, 2008. More details to come soon.
The Micah Network will be holding a global consultation on HIV in Pattaya, Thailand, from October 21 - 24, 2008, which are the days leading up to the World Evangelical Alliance's General Assembly (October 25 - 30, 2008).
The theme of the consultation will be 'Churches living with HIV'. This is a unique and strategic opportunity to interact with members of the WEA to explore how openly and collectively living with HIV can empower churches in the proclamation and demonstration of the gospel. Resource people to the meeting include Rev Christo Greyling, Dr Donald Messer, and Dr Peter Okaalet.
More information about the consultation and the opportunity to register will be available very shortly!
• Please keep praying for Zimbabwe in this post-election period, as the situation remains uncertain despite the apparent election win for the opposition. Please pray that the situation will be resolved peacefully soon and that the outcome of the election will be one that brings positive change.
• Please pray for the current situation in Tibet where political unrest is becoming an increasing concern to the global community. Please pray for an end to the violence and for a resolution to the problems between the people of Tibet and China.
• Micah Network Latin American region is in the process of organising a consultation on integral mission, Integral Mission: Progress, Setbacks and Challenges. The consultation will take place in Lima, Peru, from 22 to 26 April 2008. Please pray for Latin America coordinator, Ruth Alvarado, and the organising team as they prepare for this event. With 72 participants registered, pray that the consultation will achieve its aim of orientating new commitment for strengthening integral mission in the region.
• Please remember the family of Fidelis Wainaina, member of the Micah Challenge International board who passed away unexpectedly last month with cancer. Pray for the partner organisation that she headed in Kenya, Maseno Inter-Christian Child Self-Help Group, as they will feel the loss keenly. Please pray for Fidelis' family, in particular her mother, Lydia Wainaina. Pray too for her colleagues in the organisation she founded to work with children at risk, and the communities in which they worked.
• The Micah Network Executive Committee will be meeting in London the week of April 14, 2008. Please pray for wisdom and unity as the committee deliberates on the strategic direction for the network.
Thank you very much for your prayers and support.
If you would like to contribute to or be added to Micah Network's weekly prayer update, please contact Anita Deutschmann ([email protected]).