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  1. Art as an act of solidarity activism in SCM Canada

    SCM Canada held a workshop in Winnipeg about indigenous solidarity using art as the method of expressing solidarity, relationships and loving indigenous neighbours.

    Workshop was part of a youth conference “Peace-it-Together”, which focused on hearing indigenous voices. “Indigenous solidarity is important work SCM North America has been engaged with, particularly with our national histories of Colonialism and harmful Residential School systems, which stole children from their families, caused cultural genocide, and a legacy of generational trauma. The churches in North America hold direct responsibilities.” Says Brandi Friesen Thorpe, the WSCF Executive Committee member of North America.

    In the workshop “Art, Activism, and the Social Context of Our Faith” led by Brandi, participants created a two piece mural together using horizontal leadership and participatory co-creativeness.

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    The mural in the picture holds strong symbolism:

    – Number ‘94’ represents the 94 recommendations from the Indigenous peoples of Canada that came out of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. The numbers are made of mirrors, to so the viewer seeing his own reflection, could see himself as being called to be part in the reconciliation.

    – The handprints seen atop in the mural with the participants associated treaty numbers refers the historical geographical agreements between Indigenous and Settlers. It is recognition of their participation and their location, and the relationships we are bound to through land.

    – Houses in the bottom represent community, and the relationships. The faith of the participants is expressed in a picture of a church.

    – Dark road in the mural is the bridge” connecting the two represents journey, where participants seek to connect to each other and work together. The red pieces scattered in the road represent the missing indigenous women of Canada, many who have gone missing on dark roads.

    – The tiles also represent beauty in the brokenness, and that there is always possibility for something new to be made – Letters “SCM” represent the desire of the participants of the workshop to be found on that road of reconciliation.

    As a leader of the workshop, Brandi wrote, how the humble attitudes and willingness to collaborate and work together made her proud. Everyone were treated with respect and empowered to use their different skills. “I hope this can be a symbolic representative of where we stand — supportive and actively pursuing justice with our Indigenous neighbours. We will not be only allies; we will be accomplices in the pursuit of justice and just relationships.”

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  2. SCM Indonesia held a training on Women Advocacy

    Jakarta. A training on women advocasy took place in the capital of Indonesia, Jakarta, on 9th to 13th November 2015. The training had 35 participants from all over Indonesia – from different branches of the SCM.

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    Women advocacy became an important theme for SCM Indonesia due to the increasing violence against women in the country. This development is not a new issue, since in this diverse country, governmental and religious institutions support patriarchal system, which is also essential part of the community life in Indonesia. Oppressing women is structural problem at all levels of the society – from state level to families, which SCM Indonesia tries to address by providing trainings for its members and increasing knowledge about the issue. The aim of Executive Committee of SCM Indonesia is to empower its members to fight against this issue of injustice through media and become more sensitive to this matter.

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    Topics of the training around women and media ranged from analyzing women’s role in media to empowering women to bring the female perspective to different mediums and forums. The methods ranged from analyzing different issues to gaining practical skills, like writing good articles and profiling.

    Part of the training were several exposures to labour organisation, organisation for street children and the Asian Muslim for Networking – the peace school for women in conflict area. Participants were observing and finding out about power relations between men and women in these organisations.

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  3. Write an article for WSCF-E journal Mozaik!

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    In what context should I write the article?

    In the first decades of the 21st Century, Europe has moved from a period of relative calm and prosperity to a period marked by crisis. The solidarity that characterized the European project of political and economic integration has been beset by harsh austerity, imposed from the centre to the margins, and a rising tide of both nationalism and a radical left wing resistance. In the midst of this, comes an unprecedented refugee crisis from Asia and Africa, changing the face (and faith) of Europe.

    What does this mean for European democracy and society? Is this the start of a greater acceptance of foreign cultures, or the beginning of the end for the EU? How will Europe’s constituent countries cope with these changes on legal and social level? And what of the conception of Europe as essentially Christian? For the next issue of Mozaik, following thematically this conference, we welcome contributions that reflect on these questions, offering a diverse range of perspectives.

     

    Whom shall I contact?


    We are accepting contributions of articles up to 2,000 words, with a deadline of 1 November. For more information, contact Editor-in-Chief James Jackson at
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    We are looking forward to receiving your contributions!

     

    WSCF-Europe Publications team

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  4. WSCF-E Annual Report 2014

    WSCF-Europe has published its 2014 Annual Report. This document showcases the accomplishments of WSCF-Europe in 2014, its activities, budget and mission.

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    This year’s Annual Report also features testimonials from all our events, as well as a list of private donors in 2014. Furthermore, you can check the faces of the staff, officers and volunteers, who made the activities of WSCF-Europe possible throughout the year!

    The Report also features detailed budget figures. You can dowload your copy in PDF format here.

    Thank you sincerely to all who made 2014 happen.

    – Your WSCF-E team

     

     

     

     

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  5. 35th WSCF General Assembly Report

    WSCF-Europe is presenting to you the GA Report, following the 35th GA held in Bogotá in March 2015. The report features testimonials of Regional Secretaries from Europe, North America and LAC regions and those of our Senior Friends, members and partners. It also shows a compilation of all reports, documents, statements and resolutions presented during and after the GA.  The report shows also important process leading to the General Assembly. Big thanks to Horacio Mesones, former Chairperson of WSCF, and Marcelo Leites, LAC region Regional Secretary, for providing their reconstruction of this now historic process of this important Assembly. Gratitude also goes to Marta Calpinska and Brandi Friesen Thorpe for kindly allowing to use their photographs in this report and all who provided their personal reflection on the GA.

    The report was compiled by the Chairperson of WSCF-Europe Zuzana Babicová, and graphic design created by WSCF-Europe’s Mozaik Journal Art Editor Maria Bradovkova.

    You can download your copy of this in-depth report here. Please open the file with Adobe Acrobat Reader, which will enable you to read all the files attached to the report. You can download and install your free copy of Adobe Acrobat Reader here.

    Please feel free to leave your comment in comment box below. Enjoy reading!2015 GA report front page

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  6. Preparations for UDPS 2016 have begun

    World Student Christian Federation invites our members and friends to help organising the Universal Day of Prayer for Students 2016.

    WSCF has been celebrating and promoting the Universal Day of Prayer for Students (UDPS) in partnership with our regions and movements since 1898, making it one of the oldest ecumenical days of prayer. The UDPS is one of the tangible signs of our common life and connection between students and senior friends of the Federation all around the world.

    Next year, 2016, SCM Britain volunteered to help WSCF Global prepare the liturgy and materials in advance. The proposed theme for next year’s celebration is “Stories of Faith”, highlighting faith reflections and experiences of students from around the world and from different contexts.

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    In preparation, we request your help in:
    – writing a story/reflection of your faith journey and introducing to us;
    – if your SCM is planning plan or has already prepared a liturgy for next year’s celebration, it would be great if you can share it, and we can include that in the resource material.

    Please let us know by September 30th by writing an email directly to WSCF Interim Staff Coordinator Necta Montes (), and CC: to  and by 30 September 2015. You are also welcome to write, if you have any questions regarding the UDPS 2016.

    Attached you will find the UDPS 2016 Background and Content,  proposed by SCM Britain.

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  7. You can still send your application for ERC positions!

    WSCF-E has received a total of 6 applications for new positions. The current applications situation is the following:

    • Vice Chair* – 1 application
    • Treasurer – 1 application
    • Fundraising Coordinator – 0 applications
    • Global Links Coordinator – 1 application
    • Regional Links Coordinator – 2 applications
    • Capacity Building Coordinator – 1 application
    • Thematic Coordinator – 1 application
    • Male Executive Committee member (ExCo) – 0 applications
    • Co-opted member – 0 applications**

    Apply now!

    Please send your application by October 10!
    Read testimonials of ERC members from the last 10 years on this page. Find out about the roles of each ERC member here.

     

    * Chairperson position – is not opened in 2015 as the current postholder Zuzana Babicová is elected for 4 years as per By-laws (since 2013). The position shall be open in  2017.

    ** Co-opted member can be a person from a contact movement (meaning a movement with lower membership status) who is interested in WSCF and is willing to contribute.

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  8. Office move to Italy

    WSCF-E has made a decision to move the WSCF-Europe office from Berlin to Trento, Italy, the home location of our current Regional Secretary, Natia. The grave reason behind this is that WSCF-E is confronted with a serious financial situation featuring some insecurity of payment of the salary of our key employee, Regional Secretary, which is 40% of our annual (non programmatic) administrative budget. The office move is a favorable solution to both our budget and the current Regional Secretary.

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    The moving will take place in mid-August 2015. If this solution proves fruitful, it may set the pattern for years to come to address financial situations, and also provide flexibility and benefit for our international staff member – Regional Secretary – being located in the country where the RS will be based in with good opportunities to set up the office and at the same time in a country where we have a member movement.

    WSCF-Europe is looking forward to providing stability to our key employee and at the same time building a more lively connection to another member movement – SCM Italy in the upcoming years.

    Zuzana Babicova

    Chairperson of WSCF-Europe

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  9. 120 WSCF anniversary

    This August marks 120 years of WSCF. The anniversary will be celebrated as a Liturgical Celebration during the Global Staff and Officers meeting in Birmingham on Friday, August 7, 2015. The theme will be dedicated to the renewal of commitment and revisiting the past. The Liturgy will be sent out to all our movements as a reminder of this important date and significance of the anniversary.

    More activities related to the anniversary will be organised during August 17-19, the dates when the Federation was established. The actions will take place during this summer’s Agape camp in Italy, where most of the WSCF staff and representatives of the SCMs from all regions will be present. Are Kaspersen from SCM Sweden will there as a representative of his SCM and WSCF Europe region.

    For more details, read SCM Britain’s website or follow our Facebook page.

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  10. Call for a Photographer Volunteer

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    Role:        Photographer Volunteer

    When?    20-25 October 2015 (20th- arrival day, 25th departure day)

    Where?   Litomysl, Czech Republic

    What?     Taking pictures at the conference and statutory meeting of WSCF-Europe.

    Remuneration:     It is a voluntary position, however, all your costs (travel, accommodation, etc.) related to 5 days’ meeting will be covered by WSCF-E.

     

    What will you get?

    This chance will provide you will an opportunity to use your skills in photography and create high quality visual material capturing moments from our event and statutory meeting.

    What should you have?

    We are looking for someone with passion for photography and experience producing high quality photos, owner of a good quality camera. Ideally, you would be interested in the topic of the conference we organize in inter-religious context.

    Application

    Please send us your CV, short motivation letter stating why you would like to be our photographer along with a wide collection of pictures you have taken (maximum 20 pictures). Please send it to Zuzana Babicova by 30 Aug 2015.

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