THE MICAH PROJECT

What does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?

 

WHAT is The Micah Project?

A program of support and empowerment for teens. It's a new ministry of St John's.

 

WHAT does The Micah Project do?

Gives safe haven, healing, and education to teens who experience, or are concerned about, bullying, bigotry, and violence, particularly when people are targeted due to race, gender, sexual identity, religion, physical condition, and with special attention to LGBTQ youth.

 

HOW does the Micah Project help them?

Micah is refuge! St John's makes a place of safety for discovery and discernment, where teens can learn "actualizer" power, where they can become adept in peace-building skills and conflict resolution. Kids can acquire meditation skills, and use our St John's Healing Ministry and resources in the fine arts

 

HOW is it funded?

In addition to the tithes and offerings of this congregation, St John's has been awarded $14,000 in grants and special gifts for The Micah Project.

 

WHAT'S the format?

The Micah Project takes many forms. On 1st & 3rd Thursdays, teens gather at St John's to share, play, eat, learn, plan, serve. Micah continues into the regular Thursday Youth Ministry Study Hall. The Micah Project includes conferences, workshops, teacher training, service projects and special events, such as our 'Becoming Allies' Block Party.

 

WHO is involved?

Youth from local schools and our own youth group. Louis Farrell is the Director. Christa Tinari, of Peace Praxis designs the curriculum. The adult leaders of our St John's Youth Ministry are part of the team, along with several of St John's friends and neighbors. The Pastor is the Executive Director. Youth leaders are already active. Our Synod supports Micah and we work with our Synod Youth Ministry, including "Wonderfully Made Camp."

 

WHO else?

Interfaith cooperation, especially through our partnership with Zones of Peace of the Interfaith Center of Philadelphia, enables St John's to export features of the Micah program to congregations and nonprofit agencies throughout the Philadelphia region. Local and region-wide conferences on "Being an Ally," teaches teens and adults how to stand up for bullied and vulnerable people.

 

WHAT does 'Micah' mean?

He's one of the prophets of the Hebrew scriptures. Micah 6: 8 famously says: "He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?" This verse gives The Micah Project its name.

 

WHAT can I do to help ?

  1. Pray for the young people and leaders.
  2. Provide after-school snacks on 1st & 3rd Thursdays.
  3. Tell people about The Micah Project. Invite teens to come. Bring them and introduce them.
  4. Give to St John's. Checks may be made payable to St John's Lutheran Church. Gifts are tax deductible to the full extent of the law.
  5. Come to the Becoming Allies Block Party Saturday 1 - 4 pm September 21, 2013

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