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  1. Religions for Peace announces its 2017 Interfaith Youth Prize, 3000 USD

    Religions for Peace announces its Interfaith Youth Prize for innovative approaches to multi-religious youth collaboration!

    Three prizes, each up to US $3,000, will be awarded to three interfaith youth networks on the local or national level. Members of WSCF-Europe are eligible to apply, because WSCF-Europe is a member of European Interfaith Youth Network, which is part of Religions for Peace.

    The RfP Interfaith Youth Prize will be awarded to the most creative and sustainable projects encouraging dialogue and strengthening collaboration among youth of diverse religious traditions to take concrete actions in three issue areas:

    1) Violent Religious Extremism
    2) Refugee Crisis
    3) Climate Change

    Innovation can take many shapes. RfP is looking for ideas big and small that can result in tangible results. All you need to do is to send in a brief one page concept that describes the project and how it is innovative, timeline of implementation, and expected outcome. Deadline is Wednesday, February 28th http://bit.ly/2iJNQxs

    Last year, one of our EIYN member organizations – Coexister from France – got one of the prizes.

    Please read for more details on how to apply in the attachment.

     

    Let us know on wscf@wscf-europe.org if you are interested to apply!

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  2. Looking back at 2016 & forward to 2017

     Zuzana Babicová, WSCF-Europe Chairperson

    We have the year 2016 behind and looking forward to 2017.

    I would describe 2016 with these words – with commitment moving to challenging times internally and with faith and ever searching spirit creating spaces for discussion.

    In 2016 we continued with our long term focus on internal organisational development – with the internal database project, we launched alumnae engagement activities – such as registration of skills being the invitation to join our projects, joining the official Circle of WSCF-E Friends and establishing communication tools for WSCF-Europe Friends – a special newsletter and a closed Facebook group. In 2016, we also organized the 2 days event for our alumnae/Senior Friends in Budapest. We have also moved on with initiative to produce WSCF-E history book by launching a crowdfund-raising campaign to realize the first stage of the project. Last but not least, we developed a regular giving project which we are launching now in January.

    In our work for students, we continued with capacity building activities by our annual training in 2016 being focused on volunteer work management and continued to provide opportunities within WSCF-E for young people in various capacities. We have been once again able to include students from outside of Europe to our events. Our key international event focused on important questions related to gender enabled us to reflect with wide student audience on identity issues that we want to confront with searching mind. Our journal Mozaik has continued to be a stamp of the thoughts that students are bringing for discernment. 


    2016 build a lot of grounding for the year 2017- it will be the year of further internal development in the area of financial stability and development in the area of communications, legacy and inviting Friends of WSCF-Europe into our work. 2016 will be also the year of our key bi-annual statutory meeting. Stay in touch with us for our 3 events this yeartraining in Lithuania, international student conference on Migration in Ireland, WSCF-E Friends Gathering in Italy and Combating Hate Speech campaign run internationally.

    Keep in touch and join us in our open activities!

     

    Best wishes to everyone in 2017,

    Zuzka
    WSCF-Europe Chairperson

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  3. Briefing from WSCF Staff & Officers meeting in Dhaka, Bangladesh

    In the beginning of December the WSCF global staff and officers had in-person annual meeting in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The meeting followed the WSCF Inter-regional Leadership Training Programme that this year covered the theme of Migrants and Refugees Rights and hosted WSCF delegates from all around the world.

    Last year was very challenging period for the Federation and in Dhaka we aimed to review and critically assess our work of the past year and the ongoing transition processes. We worked on the strategic planning for the next years and finalised the action plan for 2017. We also looked at current operational structures, finances and fundraising and analysed how to best utilise our internal capacities and resources to bring the Federation at the next level of development.

    In Bangladesh we have experienced an amazing hospitality from our friends and colleagues from the local movement. A big thanks, Dhonno-baad to everyone who showed enormous support and care throughout our stay in Dhaka. The meeting was also a great opportunity to reconnect and meet with some of the senior friends from Bangladesh and Asia-Pacific Region and celebrate altogether the WSCF unity and spirit right before the Christmas.

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  4. Indonesian SCM appreciates the stance of Vatican on Israeli-Palestinian conflict

    The National Executive Comittee Of Indonesia Student Christian Movement Appreciating the Vatican Stance against Palestine, ”Trump Should Attend Pope’s attitude.”

    Earlier this year, the world community to hear good news from the Holy See, which at the beginning of this month, the Palestinian embassy was officially opened at the Vatican. The opening of the Palestinian embassy official in the Vatican shows Pope Francis attitude that recognizes the Palestinian state and support the policy of two state solution as the best path to peace between the two countries.

    In response, The National Executive Comittee of Indonesia Student Christian Movement looked Vatican policy indicates that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is not a religious conflict, but an issue of peace and sovereignty.

    According to the chairman of The National Executive Comittee of Indonesia Student Christian Movement ‘Mr. Sahat Sinurat’, all countries in the world including the United States through a new process of leadership change must still try to realize the two-state solution to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. We recommend that the countries in the world, including the United States does not make foreign policy that is contrary to the policy of a two-state solution in order not to worsen the diplomatic process that is already running for this. January 22, 2017.

    ”The UN and member states should be able to ensure adherence to UN Security Council Resolution issued by the 15 member countries related to the termination of expansion of Israeli settlements on Palestinian land.” This resolution is important because it supported an important step to realize the achievement of a two-state solution policy, he explained.

    ‘Sahat Sinurat’ also said, that the Government of Indonesia with a line of foreign policy such as that embodied in the preamble of the 1945 Constitution, should be actively involved in the settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict by peaceful means.

    In this case The National Executive Comittee of Indonesia Student Christian Movement will support any positive steps the government with regard to the issue of Palestine. Independence and peace is the right of every nation that should be cherished and fought for.

    It is important for the world community to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict by peaceful means.

    It is the right of the Palestinians to be able to enjoy the freedom and peace are essential, so that the Palestinian government can focus on thinking about how to promote justice and prosperity for all Palestinians, said Sahat.

    Translators : Ruben F. D. Oratmangun (Secretary of International Affairs of Indonesia SCM)

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  5. Call for applications: WSCF-E Friends Gathering 2017

     

    Come to our gathering!

    WSCF-E Friends Gathering will be organised in Agape Ecumenical Center in the Italian Alps, on 14-18 September 2017. The Gathering will differ in format from our conferences: it will be 50%-50% community and intellectual time.

    When? 14-18 September 2017
    Where? Italy, Agape

    How long? 4 days
    Program: As a draft, 1/2 day “intellectual program” and 1/2 day “vacation/relax/community activities”
    Costs: Self-paid travel. Accommodation and food shall cost 40 euro per day (160 euro for 4 days’ stay)
    How can you help? You can become a part of organizing team! Email us at .

    We are looking forward to meeting you in Agape!

    — WSCF-Europe community

    Documents

    Preliminary programme (Version 14.03.2017)

    Application Form – send by 1st July 2017 (extended)

     

    Organizing team

    Sofie Eriksen, WSCF-E Chairperson (2011-2013)

    Pawel Pustelnik, WSCF-E journal Mozaik Editor-in-Chief (2011-2013)

    Zuzana Babicova, WSCF-E Chairperson (2013-current)

     
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  6. Tell your reason to pray for students in 2017

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    Would you like to shape the Student Sunday 2017?

    Universal Day of Prayer for Students (UDPS) is a Sunday in February when the whole world is praying with and for students.

    WSCF has been celebrating and promoting the Universal Day of Prayer for Students 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.

    What is your role?

    Write 250-300 words, for example on one of the following subjects:

    – The current issues or campaigns your student movement is involved in
    – The hopes and objectives of your movement in the next year
    – Who are the students leading these campaigns and how can we pray for them
    – 2-3 other prayer points

    These stories will appear on Student Sunday webpage, and shared through social media and email newsletters. The organisers hope to circulate them to partner movements and regions elsewhere too. Feel free to get in touch with Ellis on if you have any questions.

    Send your contribution ASAP to Maria on .

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  7. SCM Britain: Church leaders fear negative impact of university on students’ faith, new report finds

    Press release Student Christian Movement (UK)

    01/11/2016

    Church leaders fear negative impact of university on students’ faith, new report finds

    There is a significant lack of support for young Christians going to university, with some church leaders holding mixed views about the impact of university on a person’s faith, according to a new study published by the Student Christian Movement (SCM).

    The survey of 118 respondents, from churches of varying sizes and denominations, revealed that many church leaders hold a negative perception of the university experience when it comes to faith. Only 17 percent of respondents felt that it was likely that people leaving their congregation to go to university would find another Christian community. 29 percent of church leaders said they thought the move to university resulted in a negative impact on people’s faith, with 52 percent saying the impact was mixed. Only 19 percent said they expected university to have a positive impact.

    For people who have moved to a different city, their engagement with the Christian faith has dwindled, according to some. “They have become distracted and their faith has taken a back seat or even has been lost,” said one respondent. “Many who did not move away have continued to attend our church, but those who have moved away have found it hard to engage at another church,” said another respondent.

    “This survey highlights the need for a more joined-up approach linking youth work with higher education work,” said Hilary Topp, SCM’s National Coordinator. “With such a negative perception of how university can impact a person’s faith, churches need more innovative and diverse ways to connect their young people with vibrant and active faith communities.”

    Support for young Christians to continue engaging with faith at university is lacking. 45 percent of respondents said an online platform where students could find another local church or Christian community would be the most helpful tool to prepare young adults for faith at university. However, only 4 percent said in reality they directed people to an online listing (or something similar). Only 2 percent of churches said they would give young people in their congregation going to university a resource of any kind, despite 28 percent saying a ‘going to university’ style guide from a Christian perspective would be the most helpful way to prepare them for university. 22 percent of churches said they did ‘nothing’ for people in their congregation leaving for university.

    Other key findings included:

    ·         For churches where there were no higher education students involved in their services, 23 percent said this was because the church was too far from campus. 16 percent said it was because there weren’t many other students or people of a similar age also attending. 45 percent said they did not know why they had no contact with Higher Education students.

    ·         A lack of capacity within churches is not met through university chaplaincies, who have their own priorities and time pressures and are not always able to engage with local churches. Only 15 percent of respondents said they would refer people going to university to the chaplain.

    ·         Only 4 percent of respondents from university-based churches (churches that have at least one campus within 5 miles of the church) said they were happy with their current student outreach work. The majority (85 percent) said they would like to involve more students and improve their ministry to them, but for various reasons (lack of personnel to focus on the work, perceived lack of interest in their church etc), feel they are unable to focus resources and attention on this.

    According to one church leader, student ministry is strengthened when the focus of work is on bridging the gap from school to university. “The stronger the youth work at the home church, the more likely [students] are to at least try to find a base in university. It is good if home youth leaders can keep in touch,” said the respondent.

    In response to declining student church attendances and a lack of support for student outreach, SCM launched the SCM Connect platform in June 2016. “We hope that this survey and the SCM Connect directory can be a starting point for further investigation into why churches might view university as a place where faith diminishes, rather than flourishes, for some young people. Supporting and resourcing this area of work is crucial if we are to help more students deepen their faith during the formative years of university,” added Hilary Topp.

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    The full report and analysis of the survey, written by researchers from the St Mary’s Centre, can be viewed here. The St Mary’s Centre is a Christian research institute working in the fields of religion and education. For more information, visit www.st-marys-centre.org.uk. 

     

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  8. An exciting volunteer opportunity with Reformationsjubiläum

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    Want to initiate something?
    Not afraid to take on a bit of responsibility?
    Looking for something a bit different from school, university or a training programme?


    Then take advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and apply now for a voluntary social work gap year or a federal volunteer service with Reformationsjubiläum 2017 e.V.

    What’s waiting for you:

    You will have a fulfilling time here. You will work with others. You will make new friends. You will collect experiences and develop ideas on how to proceed after the event is over. You will try things out and see what suits you and what doesn’t.

    Generally, involvement lasts 12 months, beginning in September, October or November 2016. It is also possible to extend this involvement to 18 months. With your involvement, you will be part of a unique community of volunteers with 300 other people of the same age. Living and working together, you will shape the course of your involvement yourself by planning your own activities and projects.

    It was in Wittenberg in 1517 that Martin Luther’s Reformation first began and where it changed the world.

    Accommodation

    Volunteers will receive company housing free of charge in Wittenberg with three rooms which are you will share with three others in a shared flat. The flats are furnished with beds, tables, chairs and a small kitchenette.

    Services

    Volunteers generally live in shared flats of four. The 3-room flats are provided by r2017 e.V. as company housing. All volunteers will also receive free board, as well as a monthly allowance of €150.00.

    Insurance

    The voluntary service is a service subject to a national insurance contribution. This means that during the year, volunteers are covered by health insurance, pension insurance, unemployment insurance, and accident insurance. Volunteers do not need to pay for this. These contributions are borne 100 per cent by the agency or the places of employment.

    Downloads

    PDF: Fact sheet: Volunteers Generation 17

    PDF: Volunteers placement in all projects of r2017

    Find more information and APPLY HERE

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  9. Press release: Agape 2016 International Political Camp

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    PRALI.
    On August 13-20, Agape Ecumenical Centre in Prali, Italy, has hosted an International Political Camp. 40 participants from all continents came together to tackle the topic “Migration: Breaking down boundaries on a journey towards a common home” through workshops, role plays, panel discussions and storytelling sessions.

    WSCF has been an important partner of the Agape Ecumenical Center since its birth in 1947, which it helped build right after World War II as a symbol of reconciliation among the nations that had been in the conflict. Every summer students from all the regions of the WSCF attend the Agape theological and political international camps. This year’s Political Camp was attended by over a dozen delegates and Senior Friends from all WSCF regions, which met to share the work in their regions. Members of the WSCF Advocacy and Solidarity Committee present at Agape camp met to make additional proposals to strategic plan on WSCF work on migrant justice.

    The success of Agape Political Camps lays in its international dimension: although hosted in Europe, the camp welcomed guests from Africa, Asia and both Americas, bringing their own contexts, ideas, problems and solutions on migration to the table. With this wide range of perspectives, the Agape Political Camp has facilitated deep dialogue and came up with several solutions for the problems causing and caused by migration.

    Materials

    Experiences of Agape participants throughout years

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  10. Last call to apply for the Global Ecumenical Theological Institute 2017!

    There are still a few places left to apply for the amazing GETI’17 event! Find more details on http://www.geti-17.de/participation/. Apply, if

    • You are a student at a theological faculty in Europe.
    • You are in touch with a local Christian parish.
    • You are willing to attend the two-week scholarly program GETI’17 in Berlin (May 19th to June 1st, 2017) and attain 7,5 ECTS Points (European Credit Transfer System) for it.

    Please let us know on , if you intend to apply.

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