Micah Network Update, March 2008

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Report on the Joint Consultation of Theological Educators and Church Leaders in North East India on HIV and AIDS

Dr Razouselie Lasetso, convener of the Working Group of Theological Educators in North East India on HIV & AIDS has provided Micah Network members with a report on the recent consultation organized by the group.
The Joint Consultation of Theological Educators and Church Leaders on HIV & AIDS in North East India was convened from 7-9 March 2008 in Jorhat, and is part of the working group's three-year project on HIV & AIDS.
Resource people at the consultation included Micah Network's project officer (HIV), Greg Manning and Micah Network members Dr Banner Makan (Executive Director CANA) and Dr Peter Okaalet (Senior Director, Health, HIV and AIDS Policy, MAP International).
Please download the full report at http://en.micahnetwork.org/news.

Micah Network Disaster Management Project

Micah Network is actively considering the strategic role it can play in disaster management, capacity building and coordination.
We circulated a number of documents to all our members in January.
Extension of deadline until 28 March 2008
So far we have only received limited responses so we are trying to work out whether this represents general agreement to the proposals, or whether members have not had time to respond. We have extended the deadline for comments until close of business on Friday March 28, 2008. We are very keen to hear from you.
The issues that particularly interest us are:
What do you think of the 4 objectives in the paper, Capacity Building, Disaster Management and Integral Mission?
What do you think of the suggestions made by the South Asia working group about how to achieve these objectives?
What would you suggest for your region?
Is your organisation interested in ongoing dialogue and engagement on these issues? What is your organisation's experience in disaster management?
Please visit http://en.micahnetwork.org/disaster_management to view the relevant documents.
Feel free to give us any further comments on the document and the process that you think would be useful.

Disaster management forum

Micah Network are also setting up a Disaster management forum to connect those working and interested in the field of disaster management. Draft terms of reference are being prepared.
Please contact [email protected] if you may be interested to join this electronic discussion group.

Peace building

A number of Micah Network members have recently expressed interest in connecting and sharing resources and ideas on peace building and reconciliation. Does this interest you too? We are keen to hear from interested organisations and individuals. We are also looking to identify a facilitator for this online forum.
Please contact [email protected] for more information.

Consultation on Gender Issues: Biblical and Socio-Cultural Perspectives - Philippines, 26-27 March 2008

The Institute for Studies in Asian Church and Culture (ISACC) in partnership with Micah Challenge Philippines are hosting a consultation on 'Ensuring Gender Awareness among Christian Development Agencies & Other Organisations' on the 26 – 27 March 2008 in Manilla, Philippines.
Invited Plenary Speakers to this important consultation include:
Dr. Elaine Storkey, Dr. Melba Maggay, Dr. Luis Pantoja , Bishop Efraim Tendero, Sr. Mary John Mananzan, Dr. Violeta B. Bautista, Dr. Fe Buenventura-Mangahas & Ms. Jenny Llaguno.
To register interest please email [email protected].

Trauma Healing conference

Margaret Hill, Scripture use coordinator for member agency SIL in Africa has alerted us to upcoming conference on trauma healing in the UK in April.
The conference, Healing the Wounds of Trauma. How the Church Can Help, will be held April 7th – 11th 2008 in London.
In many parts of the world today, ethnic conflict and civil disturbances, crime and natural disasters have left people traumatised. Healing the wounds of Trauma is a practical and Biblical training course for Church leaders and those with pastoral responsibility.
For more information or to register, please contact Sue at [email protected].

New Book: Micah's Challenge. The Church's Responsibility to the Global Poor

Unity through Prayer

Micah Challenge UK is publishing a book, consisting of a series of papers by theologians and practitioners from various continents. The book aims to generate a greater motivation and sense of direction for the church in its responsibility towards the poor.

Editors Marijke Hoek and Justin Thacker hope it will also further develop a theological conviction and an increasing confidence that the gospel is a significant force for social, political and personal change.

The content of the book consists of the following material:

The book is due for publication in April. All proceeds of the publication of the book will be donated to the Micah Challenge campaign.
Extracts from the book are available on the Micah Network website. Click on the chapters underlined above to read them.

Book Review: The Irresistible Revolution. Living as an Ordinary Radical

Unity through Prayer

'Shane Claiborne's The Irresistible Revolution is a must read for every Christian who wants to be a true follower of Jesus. It is not a book for those who want to settle for a mediocre life. Nor is it for those who want to be extraordinary. Instead, as the subtitle of the book says, it is about "living as an ordinary radical" for Jesus.' - Siu Fung
Siu Fung from Micah Network member agency World Vision Australia has recently reviewed The Irresistible Revolution: Living as an Ordinary Radical by Shane Claiborne. His review can be read at: http://www.sightmagazine.com.au/stories/Books/irresistable3.3.08.php

Micah Network member LEADS celebrates 25th Anniversary

March 24, 2008, marks 25 years of service to the community and the nation for Micah Network member LEADS in Sri Lanka. We join with LEADS in celebrating this achievement and the wonderful testimony to the greatness of God.
To mark this special milestone, LEADS will focus on mainly various district level activities throughout this year and will also host a single 'appreciation' meeting in Colombo.
An update on the proceedings and a report on the events will be available in our next newsletter.


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