The Micah Project: What It Is and Why We're In It

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Most of the Members of the Micah Project Core Team

Faith communities all care about the well-being of their people and community. At St. Mark’s, our mission is to be an inclusive community of faith, reflecting Christ’s love, ministering to all who hunger in body, mind, and spirit.

We do a pretty good job of helping others, but it’s harder for us to address root causes of injustice—income inequality, gentrification, bridging racial divides, and so on.

St Mark’s is now working with other faith communities in Grand Rapids to build a broad-based organization with the Industrial Areas Foundation, the nation’s largest and oldest network of faith and community groups. We are aiming to build power together, across lines that so often divide us.

We call ourselves the Micah Project because we have been working with the Micah Center, an organization in Grand Rapids also seeking to address fundamental inequalities in our community. We are all inspired by Micah 6:8 and its injunction to “do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with our God.”

Our first step in the past year has been to strengthen relationships at St. Mark’s. One person talks to another in short, informal settings. So far, we have had conversations with 75 members.

If you would like to talk with one of us, please contact a member of our core team: Jan Gockerman and Catherine Frerichs (co-leaders), Fr. Christian Broccato (ex officio), Julie Connors, David Ilem, Laura Kozminski, Kathryn and Rob Marmion, Carmela McIntire, Cathy Stevens, Dale Van Kley, Wendy Wenner.

--Jan Gockerman and Catherine Frerichs