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  1. Call for articles

    Call for articles

    “Let´s Talk about Sexuality – The Explosive Power of Taboo Subjects”

    Sexuality, in some sense, created the very world we live in. It has relevance to the identity and life of every person on the planet, and is a driving force in Western culture.  And yet, as a topic of discussion it is either swept under the rug or used as a shibboleth in culture wars. For this issue of Mozaik, we aim to create a space for dialogue on this vital topic, and learn from different perspectives and experiences.

    We aim to answer certain questions, following on from our May study session in Budapest:

    What circumstances are needed for young people to discover their sexual identity? What is needed for a safe environment in which one feels able to express oneself?

    Why do young people need to discover their own identity? How do we analyse the consequences of sexuality being a taboo topic in Europe? How do we detect the mechanisms of discrimination and respond to the need for a safe environment?

    How can the society be changed? To know how to create a safe environment a for others to express themselves.

    What is the teaching of organized religion on this subject? Are the teachings of the Churches incompatible with principles of equality?

    Who do I contact?
    We are accepting contributions of articles up to 2,000 words, with a deadline of 15 June 2016. For more information, contact Editor-in-Chief James Jackson at .

    We look forward to receiving your contributions.

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  2. SCM Chile works on Chilean constitution change

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    This year, Chile has begun an historical process: for first time in its history, the current government has made a call to prepare a new constitution, with the participation of the people. One of the legacies of the Pinochet’s dictatorship was a constitution written by a small group of chosen persons who wanted to preserve political ideas linked to the rightwing thinking, and, of course, the authoritarian regime. For over thirty years, the country has been ruled by this constitution that, among other things has strongly supported neo-liberal economic model, therefore reinforcing social disparities.

    SCM Chile has attended the call to this process because they see that as a Christian youth movement they have something to say about it. Which is why on April 21, 2016 SCM Chile organized an event inviting young Christian people to discuss this constitutional change, becoming the first Christian youth group in Chile doing this. Members of SCM Chile will be an active part of different upcoming popular assemblies and discussions, organized by ecumenical groups and churches. Members of SCM Chile believe that this is a very important process for their country, and they not only want to be part of it, but also encourage other Christians who are want to make Chilean society a better one, to participate in the process.

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  3. Call for Candidates for the position of “WSCF Europe Fundraising Coordinator”

    for the term 2015-2017

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    Would you find it interesting to work with donors and funds?

    Are you interested in having professional contacts all around Europe?

    This is a great chance to build your professional and inter-personal skills and experience!

    The World Student Christian Federation – Europe (WSCF-E) is a part of a global fellowship of Christian students committed to dialogue, ecumenism, social justice and peace. Now we are seeking a Fundraising Coordinator for our leadership team, the European Regional Committee (ERC).

    As many European youth organisations, especially Christian ones, we are facing major challenges to sustain our financial balance. But where there are challenges, there are also opportunities and so this position is full of exciting potential!

    The main goal of this Coordinator will be to

    • represent WSCF Europe to different (potential) donors;
    • expand our network of national and European contacts to churches, foundations and official institutions;
    • help in developing a regular donation system for Friends of WSCF-E;
    • explore new sources of funding, including crowd-sourcing and online fundraising;
    • frame our work, our goals and visions in a way that is accessible to our both donors and our members alike;

    The role also entails taking a share in the general leadership work of WSCF Europe. This includes the attendance of two in-person meetings of the European Regional Committee per year as well as regular Skype meetings.

    The Coordinator will be supported by the WSCF-E staff in the Regional Office, as well as our Senior Friends network and the WSCF Centennial Fund.

    Participation in WSCF-E events is encouraged and will be fully funded.

    What we are looking for in an ideal candidate:

    • previous experiences in fundraising and donor outreach (whether through your studies or voluntary work)
    • passion for ecumenical dialogue and community-building among young Christians
    • interest in both Christian social justice advocacy and theological reflection and exchange
    • confidence to engage new challenges and find creative solutions
    • reliability and commitment for the position over a term of two years
    • very good English skills
    • desired: personal link to and endorsement by one of our member movements

    If you are interested, please send a presentation outlining your motivation and the skills that you bring to the task of Fundraising Coordinator to the ERC Chair .

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  4. SCM Aotearoa serves the needs of students in their studies & spiritual life

    SCM Aotearoa is the SCM working in New Zealand local movements in Universities of Canterbury, Otago, Victoria and Waikato.

    SCM’s have a presence in the Universities daily life and students work through the various activities and services each local movement offers.

    SCM Otago organized its 86th annual textbook exchange, which aimed to provide the opportunity for students to sell their old books and new students to buy course books relatively cheaper than they would get from book shops.The event was successful and enabled students to get their compulsory study materials nearly half of the price. Through this event the SCM made its presence at the University’s Orientation week.

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    SCM Victoria has offered a working space for Christian Postgraduate Students since October. In Victoria University many students are lacking places to study, since the University no longer provides them. This development has led to to stress and loneliness of Postgraduate study. The Cabin is a shared place for studying and worship. Students using the Cabin also invites friends along and that way spreads the story of the SCM through their networks.

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    The highlight of prayer life of SCM Otago has been the Prayer Night. The Prayer Night was organized at Long Beach, where the student built a Christian Labyrinth to the sand using tealight candles. Each member spent time reflecting and praying through the Labyrinth.

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    SCM’s has their future schedule planned including worships, guest lectures on Refugee crisis, movie night and volunteering.

     

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  5. Call for Publication Graphic Designer

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    We are looking for a publication graphic designer that will be responsible for creating layout for our journal Mozaik. The Mozaik has recently moved online, but we are still continuing to print a few dozens copies, so the layout will be as for a printed magazine. This paid position is a great opportunity for a graphic design student to work and be part of a real long-term project, as well as add a sparkle to your CV.

    Position: Art Editor for Mozaik Journal (Publication Graphic Designer)
    Start date: July-August 2016
    Duration: 2 publications (approx. 1 year)
    Location: work from home
    Hours: Deadline-based part-time work. You determine your hours when working on the publication.
    Remuneration: project based payment – 300 € per one publication
    Application deadline: 1 July 2016 (attention, extended deadline!).

    About us

    We are a small umbrella NGO having member movements across Europe. Our Trento-based staff, together with a group of motivated volunteers, work for our members and interested people to realize our vision of just and peaceful communities in our societies. We work with young people and students to primarily create bridges across barriers of religion, Christian denominations, nationality and gender. We raise awareness of key issues of our times and educate and empower youth. Can you help us make our vision have tangible impact?

    The role

    We are looking for a creative person experienced in typography and layout to create design for our publication Mozaik. You can live anywhere in Europe as the work will be done via emails and/or Skype calls.

    What will you do?

    You will be working with already existing layout made in Indesign, putting together a black&white publication. Experience in typography / layout needed. Work includs picture editing. You will be working in a team with Mozaik Editor-in-Chief, the Journal Illustrator, and one or more proofreaders.

    Our work amount estimation:

    August-October 2016 and January-April 2018 will be the working periods

    What should you have?

    – experience in typography / layout
    – Indesign software and experience working with it (please refer to your portfolio). You can also use different
    software than Indesign, if you are willing to convert the existing indesign layout to other format
    – photo editing skills and software
    – able to work in an international team, under time pressure and maintaining contact exclusively Online
    – proficient in English, both spoken and written

    Applications and Interviews

    Further information about the job can be enquired from Zuzana Babicova, at chair@wscf-europe.org

    Application deadline is 31 May 2016.

    To apply, please send a CV, your portfolio and your motivation letter stating why you would be a good match for this position and how your experience and skills equip you for the role. Successful applicants will be contacted after the deadline

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  6. WSCF-Europe governance board will meet in Hamburg

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    WSCF European Regional Committee (ERC) will meet in Hamburg (Germany) on 23-26 June 2016. The meeting will have threefold aims: training for the committee, planning projects for 2016 and the 2017, and meeting German SCMers and partners.

    Detailed agenda and schedule will be uploaded on this page later. For any thoughts or comments, feel free to email Zuzana Babicova at .

    We look forward to meeting SCMers, Senior Friends, and WSCF partner – Evangelisches Missions Werk in Hamburg.

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  7. 2015 Red Book is now available!

    WSCF Global has published its Annual Report, the Red Book, for 2015. This document contains summaries of WSCF activities in 2015 and the accomplishments of the Federation, both from the global and the regional offices.

    You can also find highlights from the regions and movements, global governance and strategic plan, as well a consolidated 2015 financial report and Centennial Fund report.

    The Red Book will soon be available on the WSCF website soon. Meanwhile, you can download your own copy in PDF format by clicking on the image below:

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  8. Call for Journal Illustrator

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

    What is the work about?

    The task is to prepare 30-35 black&white previously unpublished images and 2-4 colour images (for the inside and outside front magazine cover pages), like in this example. These will be used to illustrate our Journal Mozaik following the joint educational conference Let´s Talk about Sexuality – The Explosive Power of Taboo Subjects. You will be part of the Editorial team which will share story ideas and content with you to help inspire your work.

    When will the work take place? You should be doing illustrations between 1 June – 15 July 2016.

    Remuneration:  200 €

    How to apply? 

    If you are interested in illustrating the forthcoming Mozaik, please send three example pictures that can be used in the magazine together with a short (150-200 words) description of your visual/artistic vision for this Mozaik journal issue by: 15 June 2016 (attention, extended deadline!).

    For more details about this contract position please email James Jackson, Mozaik Editor-in-Chief, on
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  9. WSCF elected new Chairperson & Co-vice Chairperson

    On March 17, 2016, the WSCF Executive Committee elected Georgine Kengne Djeutane as Chairperson and Salma Charaf as Co-vice Chairperson. Georgine and Salma join Immanuel Kitnan, as Co-vice Chairperson and Bronwyn Claire as Honorary Treasurer of WSCF until the next General Assembly. The elections concluded a three-month search process led by the Search Committee.

    Chairperson

    Georgine picMs Georgine Kengne Djeutane (Cameroon) has been performing the duties of WSCF Interim Chairperson after the 35th General Assembly in March 2015 and until the Chairperson elections in March 2016. Former Africa Regional Secretary, Georgine is an Economist by training. She received a Masters of Philosophy (MPhil) in Economics Sciences. In addition she also trained on Project management, Monitoring and Evaluation, Fundraising, Conflict Resolution, Gender and Human Rights, Anti-Corruption Campaign, Lobby and Advocacy, Management for Head of Project and Organization of Development in Africa and Corporate Governance.

    In her past experience, she served on an advisory board for the Nairobi Peace Initiative Africa (NPI-A), the Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance (EAA) and the Progamme for Christians and Muslims Relationship in Africa (PROCMURA). She is a recipient of the McArthur Foundation Prize on Research on “Real Economy in Africa”. She is the author of several articles related to debt issues published in Scholarly journals.

    Ms Georgine is a committed Christian. She has been working since her graduation with faith-based organization as part of her commitment to serve Jesus Christ. She has a good grasp of the Ecumenical vision, great experience with church, church-related and ecumenical organizations at national, regional and especially at the international level given her past job as the WSCF Regional Secretary for Africa and the Vice Chaiperson of the Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance based in Geneva. She is committed and empowered to serve students and young people with ability to work and communicate in cross-cultural setting. She is also a graduate of the Ecumenical Institute of Bossey. Currently working as a consultant with a Research organization and planning to finalize her PhD.

    Vice-Chairperson

    Salma picSalma Charaf (France), currently based in Paris, is a student of International Relations and Management. Salma grew up in Morocco, in a multicultural and open-minded Russian-Moroccan family. She got to know WSCF when she started her university studies in France, where she joined SCM France. Through her SCM, Salma met the WSCF General Secretary, got inspired, and decided to participate in her first WSCF project taking place in UNESCO. In 2014, Salma was invited to take part in the inter-regional leadership development program in Jordan and Palestine, where she discovered the real spirit of WSCF. When she returned to Paris, Salma became the main international contacts person of SCM Paris, and continued to be involved in WSCF-European projects representing her SCM, recently reconnecting this old WSCF member with the Region.

    In parallel to her studies, Salma did several internships in France and abroad. Her first professional experience was junior consultant’s position in a management consultancy firm in Moscow. Later Salma decided to try herself in human resource recruitment consultancy, which led her to a sector manager’s position for a commercial company in Paris. These experiences allowed Salma to gain professional skills such as leadership and management skills. Today, Salma is closely engaged in ecumenical and cultural life of her SCM, and currently she also represents WSCF at UNESCO.

    The Chair and Vice-Chair will be dealing with the following tasks:

    1. Accountable to the General Assembly;
    2. Chairing meetings (Executive Committee, General Assembly and other meetings where required);
    3. Nurturing the worldwide fellowship and preserving the unity of the Federation;
    4. Interpreting the work and needs of the Federation to churches and the wider ecumenical movement;
    5. Supporting the work of the executive staff of the Federation;
    6. Ensuring that the goals, priorities and mandate of the General Assembly are acted upon in accordance with the Constitution.

     

     

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  10. Plans, decisions & numbers for 2016 & 2017. 2016 WSCF-Europe statutory meeting minutes

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    WSCF-Europe Regional Committee and Staff met in Helsinki in February 2016. The working committee dealt with

    • Finances
    • Fundraising
    • Events for 2017 and 2017
    • Ongoing WSCF projects
    • Internal WSCF operations

    You can download the official minutes of this meeting here:

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