National Magazine of the Lutheran Church of Australia

Speaking to Pharoah

November 2014

by Rosie Schefe

In Jesus’ time, nobody liked tax collectors. But in 2014, it’s the people behind corporate taxdodging who are being exposed for draining billions of dollars each year from the world’s poorest people, who live in developing countries.

This issue was the focus of the recent Micah Challenge ‘Voices for Justice’ conference, which brought together more than 200 Christians from all over Australia who are passionate about social justice and fighting global poverty.

The highlight … was meeting other like-minded Christians … who care enough about the world’s poor to do something concrete about the poverty

Micah Challenge is a global movement of aid and development agencies, churches, schools, groups and individuals who speak out against poverty and injustice, in support of the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals.

When this year’s delegates gathered in Canberra in June, this mission was broadened to include speaking out against corporate tax-dodging. Delegates’ first two days together were spent at a Canberra church, training for the campaign, praying and worshipping. They also planned and prepared for the final two days and pinnacle of the Voices for Justice program: lobby group meetings with members of parliament at Parliament House.

Second-time delegate and member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Belconnen