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  1. 2019 – Year in Review

    As 2019 comes to an end, the WSCF-Europe team reflects on all the activities undertaken over the past 12 months. It’s been a busy year, which brought about a lot of change, including new activities, new ideas and topics for discussion, and a new European Regional Committee (ERC). Here’s what we’ve been up to in 2019!

    1 – ERC and Staff Meeting

    25-28th April; Malente, Germany.

    We started the year with a meeting for our European Regional Committee and staff, which took place between 25-28th April, in Malente, Germany. The aim of the meeting was to discuss issues facing the region and to plan activities for the rest of the year. The team also discussed ways of strengthening the relationship of WSCF-Europe with our affiliated and associated Student Christian Movements (SCMs), and ways of improving our fundraising and communications. The meeting was funded through the Erasmus Plus Programme of the European Union.

     

    2 – Lingua Franca Leadership Training

    14-19th May; Kobuleti, Georgia

    The first event of the year was our Lingua Franca Leadership Training, which took place between 14-19th May, in Kobuleti, Georgia. This was the first edition of the Lingua Franca Programme, which first started in 1991, after a break of a few years, so we were really pleased to be able to host this event in 2019. The theme of the training was “Shared future, shared responsibilities: Empowering a new generation of Europeans”, and the focus was on developing leadership, language, ecumenical and inter-cultural skills. The event was made possible by funding received from Otto per Mille Valdese.

     

    3 – National Scoping Study on Youth Extremism

    February-July.

     

    The key topic addressed through most of our events in 2019 was that of youth extremism, and in particular how to identify and challenge youth extremism leading to violence. To set the ground for the events that we organised later on in the year, from February to July, we undertook a scoping study to help us understand the various types of extremism that movements and young people, from across the SCMs we are working with, are witnessing or are faced with. This involved having conversations with our SCMs, experts in the field and other key stakeholders, running surveys to get their views, and encouraging young people to reflect on youth extremism in their country and local community. This activity was funded by the European Youth Foundation of the Council of Europe.

     

    4 -European Regional Assembly

    3rd-8th October; Copenhagen, Denmark.

    Between 3rd-8th October, delegates of SCMs from across Europe, WSCF-Europe committee and staff members, and WSCF-Europe partners and Senior Friends, have all gathered in Copenhagen, Denmark, for the 2019 European Regional Assembly. The Assembly is the highest decision-making body of WSCF Europe, and gathers bi-annually. The Assembly discussed issued facing the Federation and plans for the future, and voted on a number of amendments to the WSCF-Europe By-Laws and the new ERC members. The Assembly was funded by the European Commission, and supported by our local partners, YMCA Denmark.

     

    5- Training Session “Challenge it: Exploring approaches & innovation for combating youth extremism”

    2nd-6th November; Utrecht, the Netherlands.

    Continuing work on the topic of youth extremism, young people from across Europe have gathered between 2nd and 6th November, in Utrecht, the Netherlands, for the training session “Challenge it: Exploring approaches & innovation for combating youth extremism”. The training addressed questions, such as: ‘What is extremism?’, ‘What are the reasons behind it?’, and ‘What is the role of young people in combating it?’, through interactive activities and discussions. The training session was funded by the European Youth Foundation of the Council of Europe.

     

    6 – Workshop “The Anatomy of Extremism: Identifying the problem – a first step toward solving it”

    30th November; Kiev, Ukraine.

    On 30th November, WSCF Europe former Campaigns Coordinator and dear friend, Pavlina Manavska, delivered a workshop, titled “The Anatomy of Extremism: Identifying the problem – a first step towards solving it”, which focused on the topic of combating extremism leading to violence. The workshop was organised in Kiev, Ukraine, in collaboration with SCM Ukraine, and was part of the wider WSCF Europe 2019 campaign on youth extremism, funded by the European Youth Foundation of the Council of Europe.

     

    In 2019, we also continued to publish our MOZAIK ecumenical journal, with the latest release being published in August and focusing on diversity and inclusion from a European youth perspective.

    We want to thank all our Student Christian Movements, supports, friends, participants, volunteers, and donors for helping us achieve all of these things! We look forward to seeing you all at the WSCF General Assembly and at our Study Session in 2020!

     

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  2. WSCF GA 2020: Call for Stewards

    Dear friends of WSCF,

    As we are hosting the General Assembly (GA) of WSCF in Berlin, in June 2020, we invite you to apply for the Steward Program. 

    What is the General Assembly? 

    The General Assembly of WSCF happens every 4 years, bringing together delegates of 120 movements, coming from 94 countries. In 2020, the General Assembly will gather under the theme “Rejoice in Hope” (Romans 12:12): Young People Journeying Together Towards Justice and Peace”.

    Guided by the theme, the delegates will reflect on the issues and challenges faced by young people in the areas of climate justice, religious extremism, racism, unemployment, building inclusive communities, and will share stories of hope and actions from all over the world. The GA will also discuss the present situation of the Ecumenical Movement and the future of the Federation. Besides this structural work, we will celebrate the 125th anniversary of the federation. The GA will be held in Berlin, Germany, between 4th and 12th June 2020. For more information about the GA, please visit the WSCF website.

    What is the Steward Program?

    The Steward Program gives an opportunity to young members of Student Christian Movements (SCMs) to be part of the GA, see the work behind the scenes, and gain important knowledge and experience in hosting an international, intercultural ecumenical event. A young, dynamic and diverse group of people will come together from 1st to 13th June, in Berlin, to support the organizing committee in all the duties before, during and after the GA. The group will intensively work to overcome prejudices and to create an unique atmosphere of friendship, beyond the boundaries of denomination or nationality. The tasks of the Stewards can include: assisting with local travel, social media, documentation, administration, translating, taking care of guests and delegates, technology, meeting rooms, accompanying excursions, helping with any practicalities. The work will be intense, diverse and probably exhausting – but also an unique experience and the beginning of an ecumenical, intercultural journey. 

    Finances

    WSCF will be responsible for all costs, such as travel costs, accommodation and boarding. However, financial contributions from the participants or their sending institutions (churches, SCMs etc.) are very welcome.

    Criteria

    The group of Stewards should be a young and vibrant group, so applicants should be between 18 and 30 years old. As the official languages of WSCF are English, French and Spanish, the ideal Steward speaks multiple languages (also other languages are of interest, especially German for local communication). The Steward program is not just an investment in strong individuals, but also in healthy long-lasting relationships for WSCF, so people involved with WSCF or its member movements are prioritized. For this reason, please also send us an endorsement letter from your sending institution, highlighting your contributions to WSCF, in your movement and church, and what qualities you would be bringing to the Steward Program. We are looking for people who are passionate about intercultural exchange, ecumenism, willingness to work with a team ,and learn constantly from and with each other. 

    Applications are accepted until 20th January 2020. To apply, please fill-in this application form and send the endorsement letter from your institution to . Please, also send us the contact details of someone from your SCM Board, in case we need to ask for further information.

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  3. ERA 2019 in review

    Between 3rd and 8th October, delegates of Student Christian Movements (SCMs) from across Europe, WSCF Europe committee and staff members, and WSCF Europe partners and Senior Friends, have all gathered in Copenhagen, Denmark, for the 2019 European Regional Assembly. The Assembly is the highest decision-making body of WSCF Europe, and gathers bi-annually. The last Assembly took place in 2017, in Prosperous, Ireland.

    The Assembly discussed and voted on the future of the Federation, including: voting on a number of amendments to the WSCF Europe By-Laws, voting the new European Regional Committee (ERC), who will lead on the activity of the organisation for the next two years; and discussing topics and activities that WSCF Europe could explore over the next two years.

    The Assembly was happy to elect a new ERC composed by both old and new WSCF Europe members. The new Committee is formed by:

    • Chair – Christiane Gebauer
    • Vice-chair – Stina Ekholm Tysk
    • Fundraising Coordinator – Noora Mattila
    • Links Coordinator – Luise Klein
    • Global Networking Coordinator – Hoi Tung Natalie
    • Exco Members – Marta Sappe Griot and Paudie Holly

    There are a number of vacant positions in the new European Regional Committee, for which SCM members are encouraged to apply. These are: Treasurer, Programme Coordinators (x2) and Campaigns Coordinator.

    Apart from performing the main functions of the Assembly, attendees have also participated in a series of sessions focused on improving the dialogue and connections between WSCF Europe and different affiliated and associated SCMs, but also between SCMs themselves. The delegates discussed how to improve communication between WSCF Europe and SCMs, how to work closely to organise events and run campaigns, and what kind of support they would like WSCF Europe to offer to the movements. They also joined a number of workshops, on topics such as climate change, social action, and theology and interfaith dialogue.

    The host movement, YMCA Denmark, also invited the delegates to a local event – a discussion on ‘Christianity in Denmark’. The panel of the discussion was formed by Zuzana Babicova, former WSCF Europe Chair, Rasmus Jensen, from the Grundtvigsk Forum, and Mikkel Gabriel Christoffersen, from the Danmarks Kristelige Gymnasiastbevægelse.

    Additionally, the delegates heard from a number of representatives of WSCF partner organisations, including: Torsten Morten, from the Churches’ Commission for Migrants in Europe, Joy Eva Bohol, from the World Council of Churches, and Angelita Tomaselli, from the Ecumenical Youth Council in Europe. They discussed the activity of the organisations they were representing over the next year, opportunities for young people to get involved, and opportunities for partnerships.

    Overall, the Assembly was successful in setting the ground for WSCF Europe’s activity in the next few years. We are thankful to our donors, the European Commission, for the funding granted, which allowed us to organise this event.

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  4. Call for Treasurer

    We are looking for a new Treasurer to join our European Regional Committee (ERC) and support the work of WSCF-Europe! 

     

    The ERC is the Board leading the work of WSCF-Europe across all the different organisational and thematic areas of the Federation in the Europe region. It is made up of volunteers who are dedicated to the work and life of WSCF-Europe. Together, they work with partners and attend events and meetings on behalf of the region; they head preparatory committees for events and lead campaigns; they listen to the European Regional Assembly and implement the work suggested.

     

    Following our latest European Regional Assembly, which took place in Copenhagen, Denmark, between 3rd-8th October 2019, the position of Treasurer has remained vacant. We are, therefore, reaching out to our Student Christian Movements to find new candidates interested in fulfilling this role for the upcoming four years (with the option to step down after two years), until the next European Regional Assembly.

     

    The Treasurer role involves the following responsibilities:

    • Managing the finances of WSCF-Europe, in a sustainable manner.
    • Preparing and managing the annual budget of WSCF-Europe.
    • Ensuring WSCF-Europe accounts are professionally audited.
    • Ensuring office bookkeeping and cash management are completed to a high standard.
    • Meeting with partners and donors.
    • Helping to write budgets for funding applications and financial reports to donors.
    • Actively engaging with the rest of the ERC.

    We are particularly looking for candidates who:

    Essential

    • Are endorsed by their local or national Student Christian Movement.
    • Have a passion for implementing the WSCF-Europe mission and vision.
    • Are team players.
    • Have a communicative level of English.
    • Are able to commit to the following time demands (estimated):
    • Can attend and actively participate in committee meetings and related work (3-5 hours monthly).
    • Can attend and actively participate in two in-person ERC meetings (2 long weekends per year).
    • Are available to dedicate 1-2 hours weekly to the specific role (email communication, calls, active finance work).

    Desirable

    • Have attended or organized a WSCF-Europe regional event.
    • Have experience delivering educational youth activities, at the national or international level.
    • Have an interest or experience in managing finances.

    Please note that this role involves a four-year commitment, with the option to step down after two years. To apply for this role, please fill-in this short application form. The deadline for applications is 31st December 2019 (extended). If you have any questions about this role, please contact Christiane Gebauer, WSCF-Europe Chair, at .

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  5. Call for Campaigns Coordinator

    We are looking for a new Campaigns Coordinator to join our European Regional Committee (ERC) and support the work of WSCF-Europe! 

    The ERC is the Board leading the work of WSCF-Europe across all the different organisational and thematic areas of the Federation in the Europe region. It is made up of volunteers who are dedicated to the work and life of WSCF-Europe. Together, they work with partners and attend events and meetings on behalf of the region; they head preparatory committees for events and lead campaigns; they listen to the European Regional Assembly and implement the work suggested.

    Following our latest European Regional Assembly, which took place in Copenhagen, Denmark, between 3rd-8th October 2019, the position of Campaigns Coordinator has remained vacant. We are, therefore, reaching out to our Student Christian Movements to find new candidates interested in fulfilling this role for the upcoming two years, until the next European Regional Assembly.

    The Campaigns Coordinator role involves the following responsibilities:

    • Facilitating campaigns and solidarity work within WSCF-Europe.
    • Enabling the region and supporting European SCMs to effectively take part in WSCF Global campaigns.
    • Leading and implementing extended campaigns in the region and in European SCMs.
    • Creating campaign resources to be used by SCMs.
    • Developing creative campaigns, to follow two conferences per term, based on the ERA  thematic recommendations.
    • Identifying issues for solidarity statements, and drafting them to be passed by the ERC on behalf of the WSCF-Europe, in a timely manner.
    • Staying in contact with WSCF-Europe’s representative on the Advocacy and Solidarity Committee of WSCF Global.

    We are particularly looking for candidates who:

    Essential

    • Are endorsed by their local or national Student Christian Movement.
    • Have a passion for implementing the WSCF-Europe mission and vision.
    • Are team players.
    • Have a communicative level of English.
    • Are able to commit to the following time demands (estimated):
    • Can attend and actively participate in committee meetings and related work (3-5 hours monthly).
    • Can attend and actively participate in two in-person ERC meetings (2 long weekends per year).
    • Are available to dedicate 1-2 hours weekly to the specific role (email communication, calls, active finance work).

    Desirable

    • Have attended or organized a WSCF-Europe regional event.
    • Have experience delivering educational youth activities, at the national or international level.
    • Have an interest or experience in advocacy, campaigning and events planning.

    Please note that this role involves a two-year commitment. To apply for this role, please fill-in this short application form. The deadline for applications is 31st December 2019 (extended). If you have any questions about this role, please contact Christiane Gebauer, WSCF-Europe Chair, at

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  6. Call for Programme Coordinators

    We are looking for up to two Programme Coordinators to join our European Regional Committee (ERC) and support the work of WSCF-Europe! 

    The ERC is the Board leading the work of WSCF-Europe across all the different organisational and thematic areas of the Federation in the Europe region. It is made up of volunteers who are dedicated to the work and life of WSCF-Europe. Together, they work with partners and attend events and meetings on behalf of the region; they head preparatory committees for events and lead campaigns; they listen to the European Regional Assembly and implement the work suggested.

    Following our latest European Regional Assembly, which took place in Copenhagen, Denmark, between 3rd-8th October 2019, the position of Programme Coordinator has remained vacant. We are, therefore, reaching out to our Student Christian Movements to find new candidates interested in fulfilling this role for the upcoming two years, until the next European Regional Assembly.

    The Programme Coordinator role involves the following responsibilities:

    • Developing topics/themes for programs (conferences, campaigns and other events), based on the recommendations of the thematic working groups of the European Regional Assembly.
    • Coordinating the organisation of the programs (recruitment of team members, preparatory committee meetings, communication online, reporting after events, follow up activities etc.).
    • Keeping up contact and coordinating thematic working groups formed at the ERA, and drawing on their input, inspiration and support.
    • Assisting with fundraising for programs.

    We are particularly looking for candidates who:

    Essential

    • Are endorsed by their local or national Student Christian Movement.
    • Have a passion for implementing the WSCF-Europe mission and vision.
    • Are team players.
    • Have a communicative level of English.
    • Are able to commit to the following time demands (estimated):
    • Can attend and actively participate in committee meetings and related work (3-5 hours monthly).
    • Can attend and actively participate in two in-person ERC meetings (2 long weekends per year).
    • Are available to dedicate 1-2 hours weekly to the specific role (email communication, calls, active programme work).

    Desirable

    • Have attended or organized a WSCF-Europe regional event.
    • Have experience delivering educational youth activities, at the national or international level.
    • Have an interest or experience in event planning and programme management.

    Please note that this role involves a two-year commitment. To apply for this role, please fill-in this short application form. The deadline for applications is 31st December 2019 (extended). If you have any questions about this role, please contact Christiane Gebauer, WSCF-Europe Chair, at

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  7. Call for Illustrator: MOZAIK Ecumenical Journal

    Are you an aspiring photographer or graphic designer? Can you draw, paint or illustrate? If yes, we may have a job for you! WSCF Europe is looking for an illustrator for the next issue of our MOZAIK ecumenical journal. 

     

    What is the work about?

    Your role will be to prepare 30-35 black & white previously unpublished images and 2-4 colour images (for the journal cover pages). These will be used in the next issue of our journal Mozaik, which will be published after our training session in the Netherlands, focused on the topic of combating youth extremism. You will be part of the Editorial team, which will help you with ideas to direct and inspire your work. Your materials will be matched with articles, essays and other contributions from WSCF Europe events attendees and speakers, supporters and Senior Friends of WSCF Europe, Student Christian Movement members and other contributors.

     

    What do you need to know about Mozaik?

    Mozaik is the WSCF Europe ecumenical journal, first published in 1992. It is published twice a year, usually taking the same theme as one of the events organised by WSCF Europe in the period leading up to its publication. It is a forum for discussion that crosses denominational and cultural barriers, and brings together creative and critical thinking pieces from experts and young people across Europe. To read previous Mozaik issues, visit our Issuu page.

     

    When will you be working? You will need to be deliver your illustrations before the end of January 2020.

    Remuneration:  200 € 

     

    How to apply?

    If you are interested in being the illustrator for the forthcoming Mozaik, please send to us:

    • three example pictures, previously unpublished, that can be used in the journal;
    • a short (150-200 words) description of your visual/artistic vision for this Mozaik journal issue.

    Please send the above mentioned materials to , by the 31st December 2019 (extended).

    For more details about this role, please email Daniel Jara, Mozaik Editor-in-Chief, on .

     

    The Mozaik Journal publication is possible due to the  financial support received from the European Youth Foundation of the Council of Europe.

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  8. Call for articles: MOZAIK 39 – Together Against Youth Extremism!

    Submit by: 30th September 2019

    General Topic: Together Against Youth Extremism!

     

    We live in a world that changes with a speed never seen before. People connect with each other through one simple click, and both urban and rural youth are hyper-connected. In this context, all kind of ideas spread in a matter of seconds, especially those which share an extremist nuance. Almost always their victims belong to marginalized groups, such as immigrants, refugees, religious/ethnic minorities, LGBTQ+ communities etc. How can we stop this trend? How to engage youths in these efforts? Is it possible to empower them, so that they can combat extremism? Could we provide alternatives and opportunities to those who share extremist points of view?

    During this year, participants at our youth gathering in the Netherlands will reflect on these, and other similar, questions. In our 39th edition of MOZAIK, we want to delve into these topics. Therefore, we welcome perspectives from European students and people with experience of combating and/or campaigning against youth extremism. We are interested in discovering and reflecting on these experiences, and understand how our ethnic and religious diversity can enhance these efforts through text, visual art, poetry and other means.

    Whom do I contact?

    We are accepting contributions of articles up to 2,000 words, with a preliminary deadline of 31st December 2019 (extended). For more information, contact Mozaik’s Editor-in-Chief, Daniel Jara, at mozaik@wscf-europe.org.

     

    We look forward to receiving your contributions!

    The Mozaik Journal publication is possible due to the  financial support received from the European Youth Foundation of the Council of Europe.

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  9. Call for participants – CHALLENGE IT: Exploring Approaches & Innovation for Combating Youth Extremism

    Dear Friends of WSCF-Europe,

    The European Union (EU) elections took place in May 2019 – in every EU country, people were, and are still worried about the results. To what extent will the extremist parties in the Parliament influence politics? The question is not just present in EU countries, but globally. In this WSCF training session, we will be addressing the topic of Youth Extremism leading to violence. What is extremism? How does it emerge? Why are some types of extremism more socially accepted than others? What is our role as Christians in approaching and interacting with extremism?

    From the 1st to the 7th of November 2019, we will be hosting a training in Utrecht, the Netherlands, on the topic “CHALLENGE IT: Exploring Approaches and Innovation for Combating Youth Extremism”. If you are interested in this topic, ready to look beyond your own context and motivated to learn about possible actions, fill in this application form by 15th September and join us!

    The participation fee for the event is €50 only and all travel costs will be covered. However, we wouldn’t want this to be an obstacle for young people who want to attend – so if you are struggling with this fee, please get in touch, and let us know. Alternatively, if you would like to donate an extra amount, on top of the fee, to fund costs for other participants – this would be greatly appreciated.

    If you have any questions regarding the event, please get in touch with Christiane Gebauer, WSCF Programme Coordinator, at .

    This event is made possible by funding received from the European Youth Foundation of the Council of Europe and from the Otto Per Mille of the Waldensian Church of Italy.

     

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  10. Call for Native-Speaker Editor: MOZAIK Ecumenical Journal

    Mozaik is the ecumenical journal of the World Student Christian Federation (WSCF) Europe region. It was established in 1992, and it is published twice a year in English, in connection with the thematic conferences of the four interest areas (theology, culture and higher education, solidarity and gender) of WSCF Europe. The editorial board of Mozaik consists of: the Editor-in-Chief, the Chairperson of WSCF Europe or other board member, Journal Illustrators, Native-Speaking Editors, Communications Officer, and the Art Editor.

    Responsibilities:

    • To process new contributions to the journal issue.
    • To edit five submitted articles.
    • To maintain and enhance the journal’s quality and reputation.

    Essential requirements:

    • Applicants must be between 18 and 35 years old.
    • To be an English native-speaker.
    • Breadth of knowledge in the various topics of Mozaik.
    • A well-organized person, with the ability to prioritize and meet deadlines.
    • Editorial work experience.

    Desirable requirements:

    • Experience with WSCF or other Church/ecumenical work.

    Remuneration:

    Not applicable. This is a voluntary role.

    How to apply:

    Interested applicants should send a CV (including, if relevant, past and present WSCF involvement and highlighting personal skills in regard to the job description) and two samples of publications which they have previously edited, to the WSCF Editor-in-Chief, Daniel Jara, at the following address: , by the 1st December 2019 (extended).

    Responsibilities for the new native-speaker editor will begin upon selection, in partnership with the current Editor-in-Chief, Daniel Jara.

    Past issues of Mozaik are available for review at http://wscf-europe.org/resources/mozaik/pass-issues/, and more recent issues are available at https://issuu.com/wscfeurope, as well as upon request from the WSCF Europe Office.

    The Mozaik Journal publication is possible due to the  financial support received from the European Youth Foundation of the Council of Europe.

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