In the last weekend of January, two newly hired coordinators for this summer's Micah Corps internship traveled to Omaha. They met with the Micah Corps planning committee for two days of intense work.
The Micah Corps internship, supported by the Peace with Justice Sunday offering, is a Great Plains Annual Conference summer internship for young adults. This internship encourages them to grow in their spiritual walk with God while linking their faith with social justice action.
One of the participants was Maddie Johnson. Johnson grew up as a member of the Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas and is currently attending Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Chicago. The other participant, Deb Metcalf, originally from Michigan, is attending Iliff School of Theology in Denver.
"When I discovered the opportunity to be a co-coordinator for Micah Corps, I knew this was what I had been searching for," Johnson said. "Now more than ever, the church is being called to speak out against injustices, to embody the folly and love of the Gospel, to challenge its members and to encourage their spirits, and to provide a path to live as Jesus did. I am so excited to work amongst passionate and joyful leaders, and to help guide a group of interns engaging in the necessary and inherent intersection of church and justice. I am eager to grow in faith as we, the 2017 Micah Corps team, epitomize the mission of doing justice, loving kindness, and walking humbly with God."
|2016 Micah Corps Interns. Back row (from left): Te Gatobu, Jeremiah Aviles, Abram Veasey, Eric Muyumb and Divine Dansou. Front row (from left): Maria Penrod, Wendee Harris, Alyssa Wistuba, Mackenzie Carlson, Abi Franks, Ragen Alexander and Sydney Duffy.
Metcalf shared: "I am very much looking forward to being a part of the Micah Corps this summer. Engaging in meaningful conversations about social justice issues is a part of my daily life at Iliff School of Theology, but I am very much excited to continue to put these conversations into practice. I wanted to be a Micah Corps Coordinator because of the Micah Corps' emphasis on social justice, and for the opportunity to work with the Micah Corps interns and lead meaningful discussions about social justice with them. I am so excited to work with people like this, who not only know why we need to be active and engaged members of society, but also who are willing to seize the opportunity to actively take part in creating an inclusive community on multiple levels."
Micah Corps is a 10-week summer internship offered through the Mercy & Justice Team of the Great Plains Conference. It helps young adults live out Micah 6:8, "What does the Lord require of you, but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God." The interns will link their faith with social justice and sharpen their leadership skills by visiting churches throughout Kansas and Nebraska.
Andrea Paret, Peace With Justice coordinator, Great Plains Ann Conference
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