Proposed statement of belief related to gender

Talking about gender in the Micah Network

What is it like to be a man in the Micah Network? What is it like to be a woman in the Micah Network? “We seek to be modest, lacking pretence, and to listen, learn and encourage one another.” Humility is a core value of the Micah Network. It is not easy, but it happens among us. We believe it will happen even more when we talk more about gender, and the roles of men and women in our lives. When we listen carefully, we hear each other’s suffering, which has occurred simply because we are male and because we are female. We hear of a pastor who was publically humiliated because he was wrongly accused of sexual misconduct. We hear of a social worker who was forced to stop speaking in a community because she was female. Whether we speak in Spanish or English, our friends from Africa, Asia, Europe, the Americas and across the Pacific Ocean hear our stories about violence in family households. Every day our own genders and the effects of gender in our societies present us with opportunities to act justly, love kindness and walk humbly with God. Sometimes, these opportunities bring cause for celebration, and sometimes, they bring us grief.