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New Ministry Resource for Congregations: 'Living Micah's Call'

See Related Story: "Micah 6 Churches ‘Spiritually Enriched,’ Serving Neighbors"

May 30, 2002, NEW YORK CITY - "Living Micah’s Call," a new resource to help local churches integrate ministries of justice, service and spiritual growth into the entire life of the church, is now available from the National Council of Churches.

Shaped by the experiences of the more than 30 congregations that participated in the two-year Micah 6 Pilot Project, the 180-page manual includes biblical and theological studies, creative new worship materials, lessons for children and youth, discernment exercises, ideas for putting faith into action and building new community relationships, suggestions for working to overcome poverty, and much more.

Paired with "Introducing Micah 6," the first Micah 6 program resource, "Living Micah’s Call" gives a full program for congregations and ecumenical groups seeking to discern God’s calling, integrate and coordinate their diverse ministries, and reach out beyond the walls of their churches.

The new "Living Micah’s Call" includes:

1. Micah 6 Church stories from many of the Pilot Project churches sharing different aspects of their experiences;

2. Discernment exercises for different committees within congregations - for example, stewardship, Christian Education, governing boards;

3. Discernment exercises for the congregation as a whole on a wide range of topics;

4. A separate chapter for children with Bible studies, activities, and a full explanation of who Micah was, where he lived and what he did. Also, children sermons and studies in the other chapters of the book;

5. Ideas for organizing Micah 6 in congregations and "good ideas" from the Micah 6 churches;

6. Three core chapters, "Biblical and Theological Foundations," "Transforming Relationships" and "Putting Faith into Action," which present theological studies, reflections on scripture and follow up activities and exercises for congregations.

7. Many "Other Voices" which focus on everything from community assessments to Christian Education to justice curriculum to Micah 6 and community organizations and campus ministry. As the title suggests, these selections were written by a rich variety of "others," not the authors of the book.

8. A new collection of Micah 6 worship materials: songs, prayers, and a meditation entitled "Journeying with Micah's Prophecy."

"Living Micah's Call" (EJ 0197, $40.00) and "Introducing Micah 6" (EJ0196, $5.00) can be ordered from Church World Service, PO Box 968, Elkhart, IN 43515 (800) 297-1516. Persons ordering "Living Micah"s Call" will also receive "Introducing Micah 6."

Micah 6 is a program of the NCC’s Economic Justice and Domestic Hunger Program, and is rooted in Micah 6:8: "…and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, love kindness and walk humbly with your God."

For more information about the Micah 6 program, contact Nancy Theoharis, National Coordinator, at 877-642-2460 (toll free) or by e-mail at natheo@execpc.com

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