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  1. Communication for Social Justice in the Digital Age

    We are excited to announce the international symposium “Communication for Social Justice in the Digital Age”, which will take place between 13-15 September 2021 (9:00-17:00 CEST each day) and will offer participants a chance to explore new visions for digital justice, public space and actions that will make a difference. The symposium is jointly hosted by WSCF-Europe, the World Association for Christian Communication (WACC), the World Council of Churches (WCC), Brot für die Weltthe Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD) and the Evangelische Mission Weltweit (EMW). The event will have small face-to-face groups and wider digital participation. An estimated 20 people will meet in Berlin, connecting digitally with small groups and individuals across the regions.

    The symposium will offer people around the world the opportunity to reflect on key questions and provide input on the issues of Digital Justice, Public Space and Vision for the Future. Through a pre-symposium process, contributions from 8 regions will be gathered and a conversation will be initiated, which will then be structured into working groups.

    The symposium takes place in the run-up to the WCC’s 11th Assembly, which will gather in the German city of Karlsruhe in August-September 2022, and where the digital-technological revolution sweeping the world has been identified as one of the major challenges to be discussed. The symposium aims to discuss and build on communication rights to support the dignity, integrity, equality and freedom of all human beings and their communities.

    “This is an opportunity to weigh the potential of digital communications against new problems of ownership and control”, said Philip Lee, general secretary of WACC. “In today’s world, the watch-words are accessibility and accountability. How can we ensure inclusion and justice in the digital landscape?”.

    WCC acting General Secretary Rev. Prof. Dr Ioan Sauca said: “The digital revolution – which has accelerated during the COVID-19 pandemic – gives us new opportunities for connection, but also new challenges to our sense of community and even our understanding of what it means to be human.”.

    Christiane Gebauer, Chairperson of WSCF-Europe, said: “Having the possibility to communicate digitally brings the world closer together than it has ever been before. This new sense of community requires new common standards and steady reviewing to maintain the dignity of the human being behind the screen. To explore these challenges, to embrace the great possibilities and to find a balance between unlimited freedom and self-restricting for the sake of the other, in this sphere where restrictions are rare, might be one of the biggest tasks of my generation.”.

    “The spread of ‘fake news’ and misinformation, online abuse, digital poverty and digital surveillance – are just some of the challenges we are increasingly facing”, said Rainer Kiefer, EMW Director. “Political, cultural and civil society actors are all struggling to respond effectively. What is still lacking is a comprehensive approach, based on social justice, to the challenges and opportunities of the digital age.”.

    Such a comprehensive approach will be proposed by the symposium’s unique mix of participants, including church and ecumenical representatives, academics, human rights activists, the media and others, in a myriad of storytelling roles.

    “This is a broad group that will emerge with clear results”, said Marianne Ejdersten, WCC Director of Communication. “We will be able to share, with the WCC 11th Assembly and beyond, the actions we can take together to ensure a more just digital future.”.

    Information about how you can get involved and attend the symposium will be shared shortly. Keep an eye on our, as well as our partners’, websites and social media channels to find out more. 

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  2. Feeling Safe in God’s Presence: Positive Steps to End Sexual Harassment in the Faith Environment (Online Event)

    However lofty the doctrines faith-based organisations preach, they are human-run institutions. They are never infallible and always infused with power relations. It is evident that there have been cases of sexual harassment in faith environments. Yet, it is not uncommon for victims to be silenced in the name of love, tolerance and forgiveness. Often time, religious groups tend to handle these cases behind closed doors to “pray for it”, instead of seeking legal action. As such, the church is failing to practise what it preaches.

    Joy Eva Bohol, Program Executive of the World Council of Churches will share with us her insights on this issue and explore possible ways for improvement.

    Date: 16 April 2021 (Friday)

    Time: 4pm – 5:30pm CET

    Format: Online 

    Guest speaker: Joy Eva Bohol (Programme Executive, Youth engagement in the ecumenical movement, World Council of Churches)

    Apply now: By filling-in the application form available here

    This webinar is part of the Gender and Sexuality Campaign of WSCF-Europe in 2021. The event will be held in English.

    The workshop will be divided into two parts. During the first part, participants will hear from our guest speaker, and during the second part, there will be a Q&A and an opportunity for all participants to share their reflections, stories and insights. The first part will be live-streamed and recorded. The second part will not be live-streamed or recorded, given the sensitivity of the topic and the fact that we would like all participants to feel comfortable to share their stories and reflections. We also ask all those participating in the workshop to treat any personal information, stories or details shared during the workshop with confidentiality and not share them outside of the workshop.

    For more information about the event or if you have any questions, please contact .

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  3. ERA 2021: Save the date!

    We are excited to announce that the planning for our 2021 European Regional Assembly (ERA) has officially started! …and we are even more excited to announce that we now can confirm that it will take place in November 2021, sometime between 4 and 7 November!

    In an all-time first, we are also proud to announce that this will be our very first online ERA! The current COVID-19 pandemic has forced us to adapt our ways, but we promise to deliver an ERA that is not your usual Zoom call, and that we will go the extra mile to ensure that all delegates and participants get the right balance of formal and informal meetings and have a good number of comfort breaks in-between.

    What is the ERA?

    The European Regional Assembly of WSCF-E is the highest decision-making body of the Region! This is where the new leadership team of WSCF-E will be elected, where thematic and structural priorities for the coming 2 years will be decided upon, and where delegates from all our associated and affiliated movements will be informed in detail on what happened during the past two years. The ERA happens every other year and you can find out more about the previous ERA here.  

    Who can attend?

    Delegates from all WSCF-E affiliated and associated Student Christian Movements will be invited to attend the ERA and we are keen that all our movements are represented and get a chance to have their say and get involved in the running of the organisation. We’ve already reached out to our movements to inform them about the need to choose who will represent them at the next ERA, but a formal call for delegates will also be released shortly. If you are a member of an affiliated or associated SCM and are interested in attending the ERA, please get in touch with your local SCM. If you are part of an SCM leadership/staff group and our email communication on this hasn’t reached you yet, please email Luise at

    What are WSCF-E’s next steps?

    We are currently working on a detailed programme and agenda for the ERA. Details on this will be published in the coming months.

    If you would like to share with us ideas about your own experience with online assemblies, please contact Christiane at . We are happy to learn from each other!

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  4. Radical Inclusivity: Digital workshops on Issues of Gender & Openness to LGBTQIA+ Persons

    Introduction

    Every year, WSCF-Europe provides a range of different activities and training programs. As an organisation, we seek to explore and raise awareness of social justice issues, through different means, and this year’s sessions will particularly focus on issues related to gender equality and LGBTQIA+ inclusivity. In these sessions, we commit to not only increasing awareness around these issues, but also to learning from lived experiences in order to ensure that the notions and practices of equality and inclusivity are fostered first within, and begin with, us. 

    Our regular training sessions aim to empower young people to ‘be the change they wish to see in the world’. This includes providing young people with practical skills, as well as an overall critical philosophy that inspires and motivates them to think about and respond to these issues. Furthermore, WSCF-Europe wishes to demonstrate that the ‘gulf of hate’ that has opened up between feminists/LGBTQIA+ persons and people of faith can be bridged using simple methods. 

    By gathering a diverse range of students and speakers, we hope to give a platform to and share knowledge with groups/persons who are often alienated from the faith environment. As an organisation, we accept that we are not a unified, perfect community and wish through this experience to grow and change. We hope that, at the same time that our participants will do, too.

    To make this program successful we need YOUR help in different areas. 

    Firstly, we are looking for Team Members for the individual online workshops. The tasks of these teams will be to participate actively in the regular online team meetings, think about the aims and objectives of the individual online workshops, invite speakers, select participants, help with the promotion of the project, contribute to evaluation and reporting after the workshops and make the sessions successful. You should bring interest in the topics, and ideally some experience in organising conferences online and/or in-person.

    With the above in mind, WSCF-Europe has prepared four workshop thematic areas, with the idea being that each one of them will be the focus of one workshop. These are:

    • Sexual Harassment 
    • Theological reflections on identifying God with a gender
    • Inclusivity in church
    • Christian feminism

    Secondly, we are looking for people to support the Campaigns Team, which will be working during the workshop series to communicate the outcomes of the workshops, advertise and advocate. Social media or creative writing skills are desired, but if you are motivated to learn, this can be a learning-by-doing experience, too. 

    Being a Team Member of the project, WSCF-Europe would offer you the opportunity to:

    • Work in a lively international environment, together with other members of the team;
    • Experience and develop your skills in managing youth projects – particularly in the areas of planning, delivery, evaluation and reporting;
    • Become familiar with WSCF-Europe work and to connect with other Christian students and young people in Europe;
    • Contribute with your own knowledge, experience and expertise;
    • Develop skills in group work, leadership, workshop facilitation/moderation and management; 
    • Make connections and friends from all around Europe and have a lot of fun together. :)

    Please consider joining us for our campaign and feel free at any time to engage with us on these important issues. 

    Please submit your application by filling-in the application form available here by 15th February 2021.

    If you have any questions, please reach out to Christiane Gebauer, at . 

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  5. Get together with WSCF-Europe

    The COVID-19 pandemic has changed our way of living and our interactions with each other, but it is no excuse for not trying to stay in touch, even it is more difficult or “not the same” as meeting in-person! We cannot travel or meet each other face-to-face, but we want to stay close to and be there for our movements and members – and that’s why we are starting a series of meetings via Zoom, open to all our movements, members and Friends!

    The meetings will be an informal way of meeting each other and spending time together. This is a great way to connect from home, so make sure to spread the word to your friends in the movements (or perhaps a friend that is not a member, but would like to join). We hope you are as excited about these social gatherings as we are!

    During the meetings, we will get to know each otherdiscussplaylaugh and pray together. So if that sounds like your cup of tea, you are more than welcome to join! Send a quick message to , so that we can arrange activities matching the group size and send you the Zoom details. You don’t have to fully commit to joining at this stage, you can also join us spontaneously. Everyone is welcome join – just make sure you have your favorite drink, snacks and a smile ready! 

    We will meet every other Monday, at 8pm CET, ​starting on 25th January 2021 (next meetings being on 8th February, 22nd February etc.).

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  6. Call for Applications: Advisory Board Members

    We are looking for an Advisory Board!

    We have opened applications for Advisory Board members, whose role will be to support our European Regional Committee in decision-making and the running of WSCF-Europe. The Advisory Board is a support mechanism established at our last European Regional Assembly, in 2019, in Denmark. Unlike our European Regional Committee, the Board has no legal responsibilities – it is formed to give advice and recommendations to the WSCF-Europe Committee and staff.

    The Board is formed of young people and professionals who have had some engagement with WSCF-Europe in the past and who have specific skills and knowledge, that complement those of the WSCF European Regional Committee and staff.

    We are currently aiming to form our first Advisory Board and have 5 vacancies available. These would ideally be elected for a period of 4 years, but we will also consider if someone can commit for shorter periods of time. 

    The work of the Advisory Board will be diverse, but tasks are likely to include: 

    • helping with the redesign of the WSCF-Europe website and visual identity;
    • establishing connections and regularly engaging with the Friends of WSCF-Europe;
    • supporting to close the legal entity in Hungary;
    • supporting the thematic working groups; 
    • supporting fundraising efforts.

    We are looking for your application, if you:

    • have been in touch with WSCF or WSCF-Europe before (no matter when), if you are a senior friend or a member of an SCM;
    • are willing to dedicate some time to the wellbeing of the Federation;
    • are looking for ways to support the current leadership team; and
    • have passion for international and ecumenical work.

    The Advisory Board Member position is a voluntary role and our team will work with the successful candidates to agree their weekly/monthly availability for volunteering hours.

    To apply, please fill-in this application form.

    If you have any questions about the role or the application, please contact us at

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  7. Call for applications: ‘YOU(TH) VOICE: faith & advocacy for human rights in the 21st century

    A strong civil society is essential for democracy and the rule of law. A diverse and pluralist civil society has paramount importance in achieving sustainable and inclusive development, good governance and responsible citizenship. One of the key factors ensuring that democracy and human rights are guaranteed is to encourage young people to take an active role in society. The Council of Europe’s recent work on the issue of youth participation affirms that the younger generations are, in fact, very much committed to actively address issues in their communities and wider society.

    To further strengthen this activism, authorities and civil society organisations should ensure that young people, especially those coming from the religious communities, are included in civic spaces. Therefore, it is crucial to elevate young voices when promoting democracy, human rights, justice and peace on all levels, from local to global.

    The capacity-building of our member movements and young people with a shared agenda on justice and peace has always been one of our  key activities. We continue to support youth participation, active citizenship, access to rights and opportunities, particularly from disadvantaged backgrounds.

    The Advocacy and Solidarity Working Group is inviting representatives of the WSCF member movements from Europe and beyond and a number of young people from partner organisations to take part in its first Winter School, titled “You(th) Voice: Faith and Advocacy for  human rights in the 21st century”, which will be run online, from 27th to 30th  November 2020.

    Aims and objectives

    The Winter School aims to educate and empower young people to participate in civil society, addressing the issues that affect their lives and the communities they live in.

    The specific objectives we set for this training course are to:

    • helping participants find empowerment in the unique intersection of religion/church and civil rights;
    • helping uproot the political movement that seeks to obstruct the exercise of the most vital rights and
      freedoms;
    • providing historical background on the human rights movement and the role that religions/churches played
      in civil rights movements worldwide;
    • providing specific insight into the work of some non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and International Organisations (IOs);
    • creating a safe and constructive environment for conversations about the future and establishing strong cooperation between young people from Europe and beyond, encouraging them to advocate and plan common campaigns and activities;
    • motivating young people to further share the information and experience they will gain during the training course in their communities and movements, in particular through the development and implementation of their actions and campaigns; and
    • training young people in advocacy skills, and enabling them to formulate policy arguments, communicate with confidence and deliver effectively.

    Programme

    The training programme will include daily online sessions built on non-formal education principles and participant-oriented approaches. The project leadership team will ensure that the entire programme is based on the active participation of young people. We expect that the invited delegates will interact and exchange with the trainers, facilitators of the sessions and with other participants of the training course.

    During the 4-day training programme, young people will have opportunities to learn from interactive lectures, field experts’ talks, discuss case studies, work in pairs, small and big groups, receive individual support from the trainers in the form of the mentoring sessions, gain knowledge on various advocacy tools and methods, reflect during daily debriefings, share their own experience, best practices and develop a clear vision on how to maximise outcomes for their communities and movements.

    To ensure the smooth and efficient learning process of the training course, the number of selected participants to take part in the Winter School will be limited (max. 30 people). Therefore, selected participants must commit to taking part in the whole duration of the training course – that means that participating in all daily sessions is obligatory and direct and personal interaction between the participants and organisers of the Winter School will be expected.

    All selected participants will receive full technical and on-boarding support for three weeks before the Winter School. A detailed daily programme and all other relevant documents will be provided before the start of the Winter School. The working language of the training programme will be English.

    The detailed programme, which details the sessions of the Winter School and the speakers involved, is now available here.

    Profile of participants

    We invite the students and young people from WSCF member movements in Europe, WSCF member movements in other regions, representatives of WSCF-Europe partner organisations, youth leaders, youth activists, youth workers who:

    • commit to take part in the daily online sessions, contribute to the discussions and exchange with the experts, facilitators of the sessions and other participants on the issues raised during the Winter School;
    • have experience or interest in actively participating in society or policy-making at local and/or regional levels;
    • are willing to bring valuable insight from their own countries and communities in regards to human rights and civic participation;
    • are open and motivated to cooperation and common understanding; are
    • willing to further share the information obtained during the training course and disseminate the results within their movements and communities.

    Application procedure and selection of participants

    Young people interested in taking part in the Winter School must submit the completed application form ASAP, in order to receive the programme materials. Participation in the entire programme is compulsory, and it is not possible to attend only one session of the training course.

    The leadership team of the Winter School will select the participants based on their motivation and will ensure that invited participants represent a balanced group with regards o gender, geography, cultural and religious background and experience.

    Selected young people will receive the confirmation of acceptance to the training course shortly after the application deadline.

    All enquiries related to the Winter School should be sent the email address .

    The leadership team is looking forward to hearing from you and receiving your applications for the Winter School.

    Julia Alexandra Pocze, WSCF-Europe Programme Coordinator
    Marta Sappé Griot, European Representative on the WSCF Executive Committee
    Shoghakat Muradyan, WSCF-Europe Treasurer
    Natia Tsintsadze, WSCF Executive for Europe & Program Director for Interfaith Dialogue and Cooperation

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  8. #Blacklivesmatter

    #blacklivesmatter

    Following the ongoing protests against police brutality and systemic racism in the United States of America, we feel compelled to make the following statement:

    WSCF-Europe strives for more diversity on all levels – global, European, national and local.

    We, as WSCF-E, do not tolerate racism, hate and discrimination of any kind. We stand with all people affected by discrimination and violence.

    We recognize that systemic racism is not just a problem in the USA, but also in Europe. While the European community is built on the celebration of diversity, the problem of racism is still present in our countries. And even though racial bias, hate and discrimination might look different in the European context, the fight against racism is and should be, a global issue.

    Police brutality against Black people is only one alarming symptom of systemic racism. The history of people of colour, but especially of Black people, has been tainted by oppression, violence and prejudice, as they have been enslaved, exploited and stripped of dignity and human rights. A history that has been caused largely by white Europeans, looking to colonize and conquer the whole world. Therefore, we acknowledge the role we and our countries, ancestors and churches have played in this and are committed to not just do better, but to dismantle white supremacy.

    As a diverse organisation, our mission is to educate, activate and advocate for an inclusive community.

    And as Christians, we believe that all people are created equal in the image of God and as our siblings. We distance ourselves from all Christians neglecting the current discussion and the responsibility we have in the process of fighting for love and tolerance. We are taught by Jesus Christ to love one another, to stand against injustice and to raise our voice for the ones in need as we are all one in Christ (Gal 3:28). According to our motto at WSCF-Europe, “proclaiming faith together for justice”, we strive for equality, for loving acceptance and for the end of systemic oppression and racism.

    We pledge to continue working for a more just and accepting society for all people and we urge you to join us on this mission.

    Black lives matter!

    June 2020, European Regional Committee

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  9. Pride 2020

    WSCF-Europe wants to wish you all a happy Pride. We are very proud that many of our members are Christian members of the LGBTQ+ community. Many of us are, no doubt, disappointed that the Pride month festivities are cancelled this year. Getting together and celebrating in June brings joy to many members of the LGBTQ+ community, and this, in many ways, is similar to the sense of community that is so important to Christians. Corona virus has forced both communities to go without their vital physical ‘togetherness’ and we can empathise with each other. Let us pray that technology provides a worthwhile substitute to us in this trying time. Let us celebrate in whatever means is available to us!

    This Pride, as every Pride, we call on all faith communities to honour same sex relationships and gender diversity in their teachings. We also advocate that all faith communities accept and acknowledge those in transition. This Pride, we are all very aware of the Black Lives Matter Movement. Too often the relative safety of our LGBTQ+ members is dependent on race and economic background. We respect and draw your attention to the importance of #translivesmatter, as trans people can be among the most vulnerable in our community.

    As Christians we know that, in Luke 17:23, when Christ states that the Kingdom of God is amongst us, He did not mean simply straight-cis-gendered believers, but all who call on His name and praise Him. WSCF also calls on any who would use the words of scripture to spread hate, to remember the words of Galatians 5:14 ‘For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command ‘love your neighbour as yourself’.

    June 2020, European Regional Committee

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  10. WSCF-Europe Cookbook: Call for contributions

    What is the taste of your childhood? What dishes remind you of your home and home country? What do you cook when you feel homesick or want to celebrate your traditions?

    WSCF-Europe needs your recipe suggestions for the WSCF-Europe Cookbook. If you have a recipe you would like to share with us, here’s what we need from you:

    • A recipe for an appetizer, main dish or dessert;
    • A photo of the dish, preferably (but not compulsory) from when you cooked it;
    • A photo and/or description of the food culture in your country/Student Christian Movement (SCM);
    • Translation in your language of the following words: “Enjoy your meal”, “delicious”;
    • A short prayer (optional).
    If you have plenty of ideas and want to share more than just one recipe,
    please do not hesitate do so. Send us your contribution by emailing it to 
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