About the Micah Centre
“I used to think people needed food, participatory democracy, income generation--not more ‘Good News’. Yet God’s Good News is food, clothing for the naked, good government for the oppressed, and business cooperatives for the poor.”
– Jonathan de Koning, Haiti
The Micah Centre is an interdisciplinary initiative established at The King's University to foster greater understanding and action among students, faculty, and the community at large around issues of global poverty, peacemaking, and social justice.
It aims to bring the claims of the Hebrew prophet, “to love justice, to show mercy, and to walk humbly with God,” into the global context of unrelenting hunger, massive displacement of people from their homes, children at war, HIV/AIDS, globalized inequalities, and environmental destruction.
Through internships, conferences, special lectures, partnerships, and a host of other activities, the Micah Centre explores the implications of seeking justice in today’s global context and provides students with interdisciplinary and experiential learning, especially about the multiple causes and consequences of poverty and holistic and transformational responses to it.
As followers of Christ, we are called to be agents of hope, to transform our communities at home and abroad, and work towards a more kind and merciful world. The Micah Centre is involved in several large projects around the world from Mexico to Bangladesh and is passionate about transforming lives and communities.
“Hope has two beautiful daughters: their names are anger and courage--anger at the way things are and courage to see they do not remain that way.” – St. Augustine
This is a moment in history of unique potential, when the stated intentions of world leaders echo something of the mind of the Biblical prophets and the teachings of Jesus concerning the poor, and when we have the means to dramatically reduce poverty. We commit ourselves, as followers of Jesus, to work together for the holistic transformation of our communities, to pursue justice, be passionate about kindness, and to walk humbly with God.
We call on international and national decision-makers of both rich and poor nations, to fulfill their public promise to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all as per Sustainable Development Goals put forward by the United Nations. We call on Christians everywhere to be agents of hope for and with the poor and to work with others to hold our national and global leaders accountable in securing a more just and merciful world.
For more information, take a look at: micahchallenge.org
Micah Action and Awareness Student Society (MASS)
MASS is the student chapter of the Micah Centre. Members of MASS have hosted faith and development conferences, participated in urban renewal and ministry programs across the country, led chapel services, collected food for inner city residents, held an HIV/AIDS awareness campaign, and lobbied the civic government to establish a local day of Millennium Development Goals awareness. Run by students for students, MASS's goal is to promote action and change regarding issues of social injustice at both the local and global level. Students help each other advocate for radical change and make an informed difference in this broken world.
Do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with God. – Micah 6:8