Micah 6:8 Conference: Digging deep into God’s timeless mandate
by David Calhoun and Evan Norfleet
He has told you, O man, 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? -- Micah 6:8
In a year that has brought many changes and challenges to our daily rhythms, the words of Micah 6:8 provided a familiar foundation for The Fellows Initiative’s annual Micah 6:8 Conference.
More than 200 fellows across the country joined one another in virtual and socially distant settings to consider not only the charge of Micah 6:8, but to wrestle with issues embedded in injustice, racism, poverty, and power through the lens of individual stories tied to the Kingdom of God. This blog post is a brief update on the conference, including some of the reactions from fellows.
The time of discussion with my fellows class gave me a safe and encouraging space to wrestle with tough questions regarding what it means to do kingdom work in the world. We had the opportunity to pursue the heart of God and of each other. – Nikki Sullivan, Atlanta City Fellows Class of 2021
The Fellows community had the privilege of hearing from three distinguished guest speakers: John Richmond—Ambassador-at-large to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, Denine Blevins—Executive Director of Parakaleo, and Dr. Brian Fikkert—Founder and President of the Chalmers Center for Economic Development at Covenant College. Each of these speakers brought their own unique experiences to the event to show fellows how Micah 6:8 can and should be lived out in our current context.
Setting the Stage: Walking Humbly with God
To open the retreat, John Richmond spoke powerfully about how walking humbly with God is the foundation for living out the command to do justice and love mercy. If we better understand our standing in God’s eyes, which is both that of mist (James 4:14) and beloved children (Galatians 3:26), we are able to take ourselves less seriously and take God more seriously.
Christ-centered humility is the foundation for doing justice and loving mercy as a spiritual act of worship done without fear and full of hope. Although we are undeserving on our own, Christ’s life, death, and resurrection enables to stand humbly before God, recognizing that we are his beloved.
I can't mess up enough for God to leave me or not want to use me for His purpose. – Carly New, Muncie Fellows Class of 2021
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