1. European Regional Assembly 2017 – what was it about

    Our European Regional Assembly 2017 took place between 13th and 15th October, in Prosperous, Ireland. Participants from various countries around Europe, as well as WSCF representatives from outside Europe have joined the WSCF Europe Regional Committee for three days of intense work, decision-making, but also prayers and beautiful moments together.

    Who were the participants?

    The Assembly was formed by previous members of the European Regional Committee, WSCF Europe staff and representatives from member movements from Lithuania, Armenia, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Italy, the Netherlands, Georgia, Germany, Belarus and Ireland. In addition, WSCF Europe has been honoured to have as guests Ms. Necta Montes, World Student Christian Federation General Secretary, Mr. David Cleary, WSCF Europe Senior Friend, Mr. Henrik Hansson, World Council of Churches Communications Officer, and Ms. Hannah Weber, representing the Ecumenical Youth Council in Europe. WSCF Europe would like to thank everyone for their participation!

    What was decided at the ERA?

    In the two intense days of discussions, the Assembly debated and approved the WSCF Europe performance in 2016 and 2017 so far, the 2016 Annual Report, and amendments to the WSCF Europe By-Laws. The Assembly has also approved a new associated movement, the Studentenvereniging SSR-NU, from the Netherlands. The voting was complemented by discussions carried out within a number of working groups. These were split into rounds: the first round included discussion on regional networking, fundraising, global networking, and marketing and communications; the second round focused on thematic aspects of WSCF Europe’s work and involved discussions on gender, advocacy and solidarity, eco-justice, theology and spirituality and interfaith.

    Who is in the new European Regional Committee?

    Apart from voting on all the above, the Assembly has also decided who will represent WSCF Europe in the next two years. As such, the new European Regional Committee is formed by:

    • Chairperson – Zuzana Babicova (Slovakia)
    • Vice-Chairperson – Emmanuele de Bettini (Italy)
    • Treasurer – Claire Wilkins (United Kingdom)
    • Regional Links Coordinator – Luise Klein (Germany)
    • Global Links Coordinator – Krista Autio (Finland)
    • Program Coordinators – Lina Leonaviciute (Lithuania) and Christiane Gebauer (Germany)
    • Executive Committee Member – Annika Foltin (Germany)

    It’s all about enjoying every moment together!

    Hard work was also complemented by tones of fun and beautiful moments together! United not only in prayer, but also in the desire to share something special from their own cultures, participants enjoyed a cultural evening, where they showcased the best food, sweets, drinks, clothing and other markers of their national cultures. The evening was full of joy and music. Some photos from the evening can be found on our Flickr.


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  2. New movement: S.S.R.-N.U.

    WSCF Europe is happy to announce that our European Regional Assembly, that took place between 13-15th October, in Prosperous, Ireland, has voted in favour of a new associated member from the Netherlands joinng us. They are the Studentenvereniging SSR-NU.

    A few words from them below:

    At the Regional Assembly in October the Dutch Christian student association S.S.R.-N.U. was voted in as an associated member of the WSCF.

    S.S.R.-N.U. is an association with around 160 members of all kinds of Christian faiths. It doesn’t matter if one is a protestant or a Catholic or something else: everybody is welcome as long as one has respect for the Christian faith. Members of S.S.R.-N.U. are encouraged to have interfaith and interreligious dialogues. Learning from people with different religious opinions is a central aspect of the Christian education that S.S.R.-N.U. offers.

    Activities such as interfaith dialogues are held in the city center of Utrecht where S.S.R.-N.U. has her own building. Here the members can come together several times a week. They can do a drink, have a meal, or participate in another activity such as a lecture or a workshop. In this way, a strong community of active student members is build.

    As a student association S.S.R.-N.U. finds it important that her members do not only focus on their own community but also on the world around them. That’s why S.S.R.-N.U. organizes a lot of socially engaged activities. Examples are dinners with refugees, elderly or homeless, debates around the local elections in our home city Utrecht and voluntary receptionist work for the nuns that live next door. As Christians, we want to do something for the people around us.

    Christian education, having a community and undertake social activities are things that S.S.R.-N.U. does not only want to undertake on a national but also on an international level. That’s why S.S.R.-N.U. is delighted to have been accepted as an associated member of the WSCF. We hope to learn from people with other nationalities on Assemblies and Congresses. Furthermore, we would like to organize something together with another member movement such as an exchange or writing an article for each other’s movement magazines. Interested? Feel free to contact us at .

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  3. Call for Delegates: WSCF Inter-Regional Leadership Training Program​ on Identity,​ ​D​​iversity,​ ​D​ialogue

    Between 31st October 6th November 2017, the World Student Christian Federation (WSCF) will host the Inter-Regional Leadership Training Program (IRLTP) on Identity, Diversity and Dialogue (IDD), which will be held in Bangalore, India.

    WSCF Europe, as a region of WSCF, will be sending delegates to this event. We are, therefore, looking for participants who would be willing to represent WSCF Europe at the event and take part in the training. Please be aware that this invitation applies only to members of SCMs in Europe.

    This year’s training, entitled “We Are Not Outside, We Are Inside”, focuses on building an affirming and inclusive Christian community for justice and peace for people of different sexual orientations and gender identities. A more detailed account of what the focus of the training is, its objectives and methodology, can be found in the project’s concept paper.

    How do I apply?

    To apply, fill-in this registration form by 17th October 2017 (extended), and send it to the WSCF Europe Office () and the WSCF Inter-Regional Office ().

    What are the participation costs?

    Delegates will need to cover a 100 USD registration fee. Apart from that, participants will need to consider travel costs and discuss how much of these costs they would be able to cover with the WSCF Europe Office and the WSCF Inter-Regional Office.

    Will you be WSCF Europe’s delegate?

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  4. A Year with No Hate: Financial support for small projects in your movement

    Every day we are witnessing and facing discrimination and hate speech towards different groups of people or individuals in our communities, on the internet and on a global level. With all the conflicts, war and poverty the fear of the unknown, the fear of the otherness is increasing and extremism and human rights violations take place.

    For our organisation, 2017 is “A Year with No Hate”, as WSCF-Europe joined the Council of Europe’s No Hate Speech Movement. Sharing the same vision and the same goals we would like to encourage you to join us and develop a few ideas on how we can help your SCM and support the “Year with No Hate” campaign. We recognise that the reality varies from country to country and that different SCMs have different priorities and needs, yet we believe this is something that is very relevant for everyone, as our common fight is against those who spread the hate and victimize refugees/migrants and other marginalized or disadvantaged groups.

    We would like to inform you that WSCF-Europe is offering a small grant ONLY to the Student Christian Movements for your activity/idea to become reality. The Regional Office would also like to help you plan and organize the event or activity you have in mind, so that it becomes an initiative that we work towards accomplishing together. Your activity or event idea can be something small, but very significant like:

    • a one day workshop;
    • a visit to a minority community;
    • a panel discussion with speakers from the field;
    • any other small project idea .

    All of the proposed activities should be implemented until 20 December 2017. Project programme and financial reports should reach the WSCF-Europe no later than 31 December 2017.

    If you think you idea has what it needs to bring us and your SCM together in the fight against hate speech and discrimination, don’t hesitate to fill in the online application form by  15th October (extended).

    Please note that the financial support is available for SCMs only. If you need any assistance or have any questions, don’t hesitate to write us at .

    The financial support that WSCF Europe offers to SCMs is possible through the funding received from the European Youth Foundation of the Council of Europe. We are very grateful to our sponsors!

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  5. An invitation for the SCM-Ireland Senior Friends


    Our students from the SCM-Ireland are kindly inviting Senior Friends of the Student Christian Movement in Ireland to an evening of debate, storytelling and, most importantly, memories revival. Consider their invitation below:


    Dear Friend of the Student Christian Movement-Ireland:

    Peace be with you!

    The Student Christian Movement–Ireland (SCM-Ireland) is delighted to be hosting a major World Student Christian Federation–Europe conference next month from 7 – 13 October 2017 in Prosperous, Co. Kildare!

    The coming of this international conference to Ireland is another sign of the rebirth of the Student Christian Movement-Ireland as we continue to build up our network of progressive, Christian students and graduates on the island of Ireland.

    The participants will come from many European countries who will be living and praying together for the week as they discuss the conference’s theme: “(I)migration: Perspectives on Minority Integration in Europe”.

    On the evening of Tuesday, October 10th, the participants will be welcomed to the Irish School of Ecumenics in Trinity College, Dublin for a meal.

    You, as a longtime friend of the movement, are warmly invited to join the conference delegates from all over Europe for a meal and some storytelling remembering past SCM-Ireland events.

    DATE: Tuesday, 10 October 2017

    TIME: 5.45pm – 7.45pm

    LOCATION: Ground Floor, Irish School of Ecumenics,

    Trinity College, Dublin

    Please RSVP to  by 2nd October.   Kindly mention any dietary requirements.

    Please note that car parking is not available at Trinity College, Dublin.

    Kindest regards,



    If you are a SCM Ireland Senior Friend, we would very much love to have you there! Join us for a special evening!

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  6. Diversity & Integration Photo Competition


    5th November 2017 (extended)

    Open to: 

    All interested young people, coming from all over Europe, with passion for photography and willing to share their stories of diversity and integration.


    First prize: €150 

    Second prize: €100

    Third prize: €50



    The Photo Competition is part of the WSCF-Europe’s Programme on Interfaith Dialogue and Cooperation and aims to contribute to a more inclusive and fairer European society. Our approach is based on promoting equal opportunity, human rights and respect for human dignity, as core principles of every inclusive and diverse society.

    Through this initiative we are looking for photos that can share stories of diversity and integration. The photos can be of individuals, communities, situations or anything that, in your perspective, best captures the spirit of the theme of the competition. We encourage you to share with the world your photo that can tell a thousands words.

    The photo must be your own original work and must not be modified or changed in any way. The person submitting the photo takes responsibility for not infringing privacy of any third party and that she/he has the permission of all persons appearing in the photo to publish the photo.

    The competition jury  will select the best 12 photos, but only the first three, as the winners, will receive the prizes. However, all the 12 selected photos will be exhibited during the WSCF Europe events in 2018 and will be published in the journal and calendar dedicated to the topic of human rights, produced by the Publications Team of the WSCF-Europe.

    The competition jury is composed of amateur and professional photographers, human rights activists and experts in communication. After the selection and communication with the winners, the final results will be available online on the WSCF-Europe website

    All 12 selected photos will also be featured in online and print publications of the World Student Christian Federation Europe region. By submitting the photo(s), the photographer agrees that the photo(s) will be used by the WSCF-Europe for any non-commercial purposes.

    This project is implemented with financial support from the project partner, the European Youth Foundation of the Council of Europe. The project is developed within the WSCF-Europe campaign “A Year with No Hate“. Please also visit the No Hate Speech Movement page.


    • The focus of the competition is Europe, but photos from all over the world are welcomed and accepted.
    • Young students and activists with special interest and passion for photography.
    • Both amateur and professional photographers with their own perspectives and stories on migration, diversity and integration are encouraged to submit their work.


    How to participate:

    Please send your photo(s) to before  5th November 2017 (extended). The photo(s) should be high quality image(s) in JPEG, TIFF or PNG format (preferably at least 3 megapixels). You should expect that, if your photo is selected among the best 12 photos, it will be published as a poster or in a big format. Each participant can submit up to 5 photos.

    Please send your photos with the following name: “YourLastName_PhotoTitle” and with a short description. The short description should include the following information:

    • Your short bio (name, age, nationality, profession and/or study, contact information, etc);
    • City and country where the photo was taken and the date when it was taken;
    • The title of the photo (maximum 10 words);
    • Description on the photo (who or what is in the photograph; what it represents; any information or story you relate the photo to);
    • Any comment from the photographer.


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  7. WSCF Youth Conference on Peace Building & Overcoming Violence in the Middle East

    45 representatives from 16 different countries from all around the world have gathered, between 30th July – 4th August, in Cairo, Egypt, for the WSCF Youth Conference on “Peace Building in the Middle East and Overcoming Violence”. The conference offered an open space for delegates to learn about and understand the situation in the Middle East and touched upon various topics, including the deep rooted causes of violence.

    Some of the conclusions drawn by the conference participants have been that:

    • Resistance to violent extremism can only be embraced through actions coming from interfaith networks, and thus cooperation between different religious groups is essential.
    • There is a need to address stereotypes and misunderstandings of social, political and religious contexts, as well as misinterpretations of the Bible.
    • The violence and religious fundamentalism affect young people and children in the Middle East and, therefore, should be challenged and not met with moral and ethical resignation.

    The conference participants agreed on a series of actions to address these concerns. They have also called upon the Christian youth to accept others and work together towards the goal of ending violence. A detailed account of the conference and the actions suggested can be found the conference Communique.

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  8. Apply for an ERC position!

    Note from Zuzana Babicova, WSCF-Europe Cairperson:

    Dear members of movements,

    Every two years there is an opportunity for you that you may or even may not think about. It is about giving but also receiving a lot- opportunities to help with your skills and grow further, meet new people and make friends on the way. Being on the Regional Committee of WSCF-Europe is not about being ready- but about being committed, motivated and having time to volunteer and work together as the team! Consider one of the roles and hear life changing experiences what 2 years on the ERC gave to many people over the last decade. 

    Zuzana Babicova

    Apply for an ERC position before 1st October 2017, by filling-in the application form. The new ERC will be announced during our European Regional Assembly, which this year will be held in Ireland. Don’t hesitate to submit your application today!

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  9. Mozaik: Call for Articles

    Europe has always been a continent of migrants. Romans to Goths, Slavs and Celts, our history is one of ‘movement’. However, recent waves of arrivals from outside of Europe, in many cases countries affected by conflict, have provoked contentious reactions, from  the Flüchtlinge Wilkommen in Germany to the Front National in France.

    A rise in immigration has in some cases come with a rise in xenophobia. At our October conference in Prosperous, Kildare, Ireland, we aim to investigate and discuss the following questions:

    Is it possible for non-Europeans to integrate in Europe in such large numbers?
    Is “our” security more important than “their” security?
    Do migrants bring anything positive to society?

    For this issue of Mozaik, we welcome perspectives from across Europe, particularly from people with experience of migration and those who have worked with migrants and refugees. We are interested in discovering and investigating the experience of migration and answering the above questions through text, visual art, poetry and other mediums.

    Who do I contact?

    We are accepting contributions of articles up to 2,000 words, with a preliminary deadline of 10th September 2017. For more information, contact Editor-in-Chief James Jackson, at .

    We look forward to receiving your contributions!

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  10. WSCF-E at the 2017 Summer School on Human Rights

    Between 2nd-6th July, the Conference of European Churches, in collaboration with the Churches’ Commission for Migrants in Europe, organised the Annual Summer School on Human Rights, which this year focused on the rights of migrants and asylum seekers.

    The programme took place in Palermo, Italy, and included in-depth discussions on legal frameworks, which could make human rights central to migrants and refugees policies, and reflections on the securitisation of migration on the world’s current socio-political stage. In addition, testimonies of migrants themselves provided insides to the various struggles that they are facing, which opened the floor for discussions surrounding ways in which the Church could help migrants more.

    In preparation for the WSCF-E conference on migration that will take place in October, in Ireland, our Treasurer, Clare, had the opportunity to participate in the summer school. Briefly reflecting on her experience, Clare stated:

    “I was a bit daunted by the programme which had a lot of content about
    the legal frameworks, but found it very accessible. I heard also about
    practical examples for supporting migrants, and have made some
    connections with organisations throughout Europe that I will follow
    up in the coming months. I am really grateful to CEC and WSCF-E for
    this opportunity!”.


    All in all, the summer school represented a great forum for an open discussion on migrants’ rights and a chance of voicing support for the enforcement and protection of these rights.

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