Kushamiri Intro Flyer English

Kushamiri Intro Flyer English

Kushamiri - Flourish

Every three years, Micah Global members from around theworld gather for a consultation that is hosted in turn by oneof our regions. This year, Africa is our host. The Africanorganising team would like to invite you to gather on-lineduring the month of September 2021 for worship,conversation, learning and networking. The theme of theconsultation is KUSHAMIRI, which is the beautiful Kiswahiliword for ‘flourish’. What does it look like to 'flourish' in themidst of hard places? The world is saturated with injustice,pain, suffering, greed - and most of our Micah members liveand work on the frontline, advocating for change andshowing a different way. How do we play our part inbringing God's kingdom from 'heaven to earth', running therace well to the end?

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Kushamiri Contribution Guidelines

Contribution guidelines

Introduction to Kushamiri

Working in environments that are steeped in entrenched poverty, relentless inequality, greed, injustice and the impact of all of that on society, can leave us wondering what ‘success’ or lasting change looks like. How do we keep changing and bringing change? How do we keep moving forward as a collective, seeing God’s kingdom “come on earth as it is in heaven?” What does it mean to ‘flourish’ from God’s perspective? There are many reminders in the bible of God wanting us to flourish. Psalm 1:1-6 tell us that we will be like trees planted by streams of water, bearing good fruit. Psalm 92 speaks of the righteous flourishing. But what does Godly flourishing look like in today’s world and in your context?

The flourishing we seek is described in the invitation and the promise of Jesus Christ to his followers: “I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing” (John 15:5). It is this active abiding, us in Christ and Christ in us. We will also consider the fruit which such abiding produces, in our lives and in the communities where we are located. Considering flourishing from a biblical perspective, we are also reminded also of the text in Revelation 22:2 where the tree of life has twelve kinds of fruit and produces fruit every month. And the leaves of this tree are for the healing of the nations.

The joy of being part of a network is that we learn from a wide variety of perspectives, ways of thinking and being, and cultures and contexts. The more members and guests who participate in making contributions, the richer our learning and growth in understanding will be. Be a part of Kushamiri and share your ideas, experience, knowledge, creativity and skill with the other participants. Remember, its mostly not about creating something new (although you may of course choose to do that), but about looking through what you already have, and sharing items that speak to the theme of flourishing.

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Let’s Gather! September 2021

Every three years, Micah Global members from around the world gather for a consultation that is hosted in turn by one of our regions. This year, Africa is our host. The African organising team would like to invite you to gather on-line during the month of September 2021 for worship, conversation, learning and networking. The theme of the consultation is KUSHAMIRI, which is the beautiful Kiswahili word for ‘flourish’. We will gather to reflect on how we as individuals, organisations and congregations flourish so that we may be catalysts for the flourishing of the communities we serve. And to explore how this is a flourishing for all seasons, and in difficult situations.

The flourishing we are seeking is described in the invitation and the promise of Jesus Christ to his followers: “I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing” (John 15:5). It is this active abiding, us in Christ and Christ in us, that we will consider during the consultation. We will also reflect on the fruit which such abiding produces, in our lives and in the communities where we are located. Considering flourishing from a biblical perspective, we are reminded also of the text in Revelation 22:2 where the tree of life has twelve kinds of fruit and produces fruit every month. And the leaves of this tree are for the healing of the nations. As the Body of Christ, participating in God’s mission of holistic redemption, we are the instrument of current flourishing and the foretaste of future flourishing through our abiding and fruitfulness in Christ.

Here are a few details about the consultation, so you can begin to pray, think, discuss and plan. Registration will be open from 1 June 2021 and is open to members of Micah Global and non-members. The consultation will take place during the month of September 2021 and will consist of two elements. Firstly, KUSHAMIRI BROADCAST – a live, time-specific programme running online from 5 - 10 September. Secondly, KUSHAMIRI COMMUNITY – an online interaction space that will run from 1 - 30 September, where attendees engage in their own time. We welcome contributions from all Micah Global members for the KUSHAMIRI COMMUNITY space.

May this word KUSHAMIRI | FLOURISH take root in our hearts and minds as we hear the invitation and the promise from the Lord to flourish and be agents of flourishing in our communities. And may we be inspired to bring our experiences of flourishing to the consultation, to share with each other.

 

Christine MacMillan - Chairperson of Micah Global Board and Deborah Hancox - International Coordinator 

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