It’s our 20th year in JEM! And one of our emphases is developing leadership in our Jubilee Circles and adding capacity for our ministries. The 2020s present challenges to life on our planet, and Jubilee’s way of life have much to contribute. So, we’re poised to step into the challenges, and, if you’ll step with us, we’ll develop leadership and increase needed capacity together.
We began our planning for the 2020s last year. John Michno came on board December 1, 2019, with new leadership and is contributing significantly to the capacities of our ministries. Read his bio below and you’ll see that he brings a lot to this work. It’s an inspiring bio and he’s an encouragement to all of us working with him.
Likewise, the San Mateo Jubilee Circle is developing new leadership and the San Cristobal Jubilee Circle has attractive opportunities for added ministries, if only they had greater capacities.
As you know, developing leadership and capacity for ministry takes money—even when people live simply and stretch dollars far. Therefore, Jubilee Economics Ministries has begun in earnest to increase our budget by $30,000 per year beyond the current $48,000. The first hurdle is to get to the $14,000 necessary to keep John Michno working with JEM to the end of 2020. Currently, his contract continues through May 31 at $2000/month part-time.
Here’s how we can walk all the way to the $30,000:
- first, we need to maintain the core budget of $48,000. To do that, we need the donors from last year to continue in 2020 with the amount donated in 2019.
- then, we need help to take 600 steps in this walk to $30,000 more—each step being $50 (the 50th year being the year of Jubilee in the Bible). Some will help us take one step; others 2 steps or 5 steps, 10 or 100 steps. We will continue walking until the annual budget for Jubilee Circles in Mexico and the U.S. gets to $30,000 more than it has been.
We aren’t looking for magic, but for greater participation of people in our network and to expand that network—in other words, more walkers. You may be able to help with both. Please consider doing so as together we use the biblical Jubilee to step up to the challenges of this decade. All of Creation is pulling for us and will rejoice as we walk in step with her.
John Michno – JEM Program Coordinator Biography
Environmental and human sustainability are so important. I can see that the Pearl of Great Price Jesus talks about—is the ecosystem—Earth, our home. Earth provides the right amount of oxygen, water and plant nutrients. This delicate balance is changing, due to the unconscious way we over-consume. The Good News is, we’re creating a new culture—capable of living within the resources of OneEarth. I’d love if you were to write to us to celebrate how you’re stepping into sustainability.
Work & Business
My career started as a Fellow with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, researching mathematical models of sea pollutants and overfishing. With a degree in Physics from UCSD, I worked as a software engineer for a former division of General Electric. I was drawn to helping customers and became a software consultant to Global Fortune 500 corporations and government organizations—advising them how to conserve resources. I became a project manager and directed projects with dozens of engineers for the US Navy and the National Science Foundation.
After 25 years of focusing on science and software and leading a few large budget projects, I felt value in contributing to the personal growth of individuals and the organizational development of groups. I worked with teams of facilitators to offer workshops and conferences in Nonviolent Communication. As we added tools like Appreciative Inquiry, Open Space Technology and mindfulness, I was invited to teach at universities, synagogues and churches.
After early experiences of Christian spirituality, my faith had broadened to interfaith practices. In 2017, I became aware of the bullying of the children of my Muslim, Jewish, Latinx and African American friends in particular, but also children of all groups. As part of an interfaith team, in consultation with social workers at the Trauma Informed Care Team, we worked with the school district to nominate new policies and curricula to enhance diversity appreciation and awareness of tolerance and kindness among students and teachers.
As the climate emergency became apparent, I served as the Interfaith Coordinator for SanDiego350, seeking to reduce the worst impacts of climate change. My role was to form relationships with clergy of all faiths, inviting them to act jointly on the environment, through education about climate change science, and Creation Care circles in their communities. I partnered with Catholics, Brethren, Quakers, Episcopalians, Methodists, UCC, Religious Science, Baháʼí, Nazarenes, Unitarians, Buddhists and others.
Through these experiences, I increasingly valued the diversity of spiritual practices, the insight of science, the preciousness of our environment, and of individual humans. We are bringing these gifts to nourish our planet and our peoples.