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  1. Call for Team Lingua Franca

    We need you! We are looking for Event Team Members and Coordinator!

    First organised 20 years ago, WSCF-Europe Lingua Franca meetings provide a space for language learning, cultural exchange, ecumenical encounter and ecumenical leadership training. The target group of this programme is students from Eastern and Central Europe. About 15-20 students and young adults will meet for a week in April/May 2019 , in Georgia.

    The training provided will focus on two key-areas:

    • Language Training– English will be the main language, but a simple English will be used and there will be sessions focused on breaking down linguistic barriers.
    • Leadership Training– in order to educate people on how to build movements in Central and Eastern Europe.

    To provide a brilliant training and have an amazing time together, we are currently looking for 2 team members and a team coordinator, that will work together from January until May 2019 on how to make this happen. So if you are an open-minded person, willing to learn from and with others, have experience in conference/event organization and are involved with WSCF or local movements, we are looking forward to getting to know you!

    For the Team Coordinator, we look for someone with: a good understanding of what event organisation and management means; a passion for working with people; and who is resourceful and committed to take full ownership of event experience with others. The Team Coordinator should have experience: coordinating a project team; designing/delivering a training /learning programme; and the ability to prioritise. It is key to have experience working with young people and, ideally, experience with Lingua Franca or any “youth access” program. You will be given support to coordinate and learn on the job, and you will be advised on organisational practices and tools to use to organize events efficiently and effectively.

    Deadline for applications:  16 December 2018

    Please fill-in this application form before 16 December 2018, to give us an idea on who you are, what you could contribute and what you would like to learn from this unique event!

    Hope to meet you soon,

    Your European Regional Committee

    For more information, contact Zuzana Babicova () or Christiane Gebauer ().  

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    December 7th, 2018 12:38 am | Continue Reading
  2. Photo Competition: ‘All for one. One for all’ Campaign

     

    The Competition:

    The Photo Competition is part of the WSCF-Europe’s campaign “One for all. All for one”, which aims to contribute to a more inclusive and fairer European society by empowering young people across the continent. 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 photos that can tell a thousand words.

    Every participant can submit up to 5 photos, and we are particularly looking for creative ideas, for images that capture and tell a story. Every photograph should be accompanied by a title reflecting the theme and the essence of the photo. It should be also accompanied by a short description detailing the story or idea behind the photo.

    The Campaign:

    The aim of the “One for all. All for one” campaign is to engage young people and provide them with the tools they need to create effective content, aimed at challenging hate speech and violent extremism. To achieve this overall aim, we set the following specific objectives:

    • to upscale and mobilise grassroots youth initiatives on alternative positive narratives;
    • to develop innovative youth-led approaches and methodologies;
    • to combine knowledge exchanges with action-oriented output;
    • to support and develop young people’s voices to tackle these issues, and form a strong network of youth activists who believe in religious, ethical and human resolution of crisis.

    Eligibility:

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

    We particularly encourage members of our SCMs in Europe to take part in this competition, as it will be an opportunity to actively engage with our campaign and strengthen our connections.

    How to participate:

    Please send your photo(s) to , before midnight 30th November 2018 (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 photos, it will be published as a poster or in a large format – therefore, the quality of the photos is important. Each participant can submit up to 5 photos.

    Please send your photos with the following name format: “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;
    • Description on the photo (who or what is in the photograph; what it represents; any information or story you relate the photo to; its link to the theme of the competition);
    • Any comment from the photographer.

    Conditions for participating:

    All photos submitted must be the participants’ own works and must not be edited, but submitted in original form. The person submitting the photo also takes responsibility for not infringing the privacy of any third party – by submitting the photograph, the participant confirms that they have the permission of all persons appearing in the photo to submit the photograph and for it to be published by WSCF-Europe.

    Prizes:

    The competition jury is composed of amateur and professional photographers, human rights activists and experts in communication. The jury will select the best photos and will award three prizes. The winners will be awarded different amounts, and a breakdown of the awards can be found below:

    • First Prize – €150
    • Second prize – €100
    • Third prize – €75

    All photos that enter the competition will also be published on the WSCF Europe website and social media on the International Human Rights Day, on 10th December, as WSCF-Europe will take part in this worldwide celebration. They will also be featured in online and print publications of the WSCF-Europe. By submitting the photo(s), the photographer agrees that the photo(s) will be used by the WSCF-Europe.

    After the selection and communication with the winners, the final results will be available online on the WSCF-Europe website and social media.

    We look forward to receiving lots of amazing photos from young people all over the world!

    This project is implemented with financial support from the campaign partner, the European Youth Foundation of the Council of Europe.

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    September 9th, 2018 3:33 pm | Continue Reading
  3. Call for Participants: “Humanity Reclaimed: Youth Perspectives on Diversity on Inclusion” Conference

    “Humanity Reclaimed: Youth Perspectives on Diversity on Inclusion” conference in Thessaloniki, Greece
    29.11-05.12 2018

    We often hear people claiming that their faith in humanity is lost for a number of reasons. Sometimes this is attributed to external factors (usually technology and political choices), whilst other times it is connected to collective responses around major humanitarian issues, such as immigration waves from war-zones. Among those who claim that humanity is lost, there is often a sense that societies are backtracking from progress and regressing to older patterns of thinking. Our conference will be an attempt to enhance the dialogue on this issue by answering a number of questions: Why do some people think that humanity is lost? And if so, what do they recommend in order to reclaim it? Is the human condition at the moment all gloom and doom, or are there glimpses of hope that we tend to overlook by focusing on the negatives? And how do diversity and inclusion fit into all of this?

    If you would like to be part of this dialogue, join us between 29.11 – 05.12.2018 in Thessaloniki, Greece for the “Humanity Reclaimed: Youth perspectives on diversity and inclusion” Conference.

    Young people from all over Europe will be gathering to sing, eat, pray, learn and talk deeply about diversity, inclusion, and practices stemming from these ideals.

    During the programme, you will have the opportunity to participate in a series of workshops, lectures and small group discussions. These are aimed at creating mutual respect and enhancing understanding of topics such as the subject of how diversity and inclusion lead to a better future for all of us, whilst at the same time recognizing the challenges they pose to societies.


    We particularly encourage you to apply if:

    • you are a part of a WSCF-Europe Student Christian Movement, or
    • you have first-hand experience of working for diversity and inclusion within your organisation/movement/university, or
    • you work/volunteer supporting programs that foster diversity and inclusion in any kind of social setting (for example, but not limited to, educational institutes or workplaces).

    To participate, you can apply here. The deadline is 14th October. The language of the conference is English.

    During a five-day programme of workshops, lectures, and small group discussions we will build a platform upon which to discuss these topics.

    When? 29 November – 5 December 2018

    Where? Thessaloniki, Greece

    Why? Because all too often we hear that humanity is lost, but hopefully our conference will provide a different perspective to counter this viewpoint!

    How to apply? Through this form by  14th October 2018 (extended).

    Participation fee: 170€  (If you have any difficulty funding your attendance, please contact us at: conference2018@wscf-europe.org)

     

    The preparatory team is looking forward to seeing you in Greece, in December.

    Natia Tsintsadze, WSCF-E Executive  

    Pavlina Manavska, WSCF-E Campaign Coordinator

    Knut Natskår Svihus, Norway

    Viltė Keturkaitė, Lithuania

    Paschalis Gortsilas, Greece

    Kristine Evje, Norway

    For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. (1 Corinthians 12:12)

     

     

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    September 1st, 2018 3:34 pm | Continue Reading
  4. Call for project proposals: “All for one. One for all” Campaign

    Following the WSCF-Europe Conference in Palermo, which took place last May and focused on media literacy, WSCF-Europe would like to invite all our affiliated and associated Student Christian Movements (SCMs) to submit wonderful project ideas that capture the theme “All for one. One for all”. The focus of the WSCF-Europe campaign this year is combating negative narratives surrounding diversity and inclusion, and the project proposals should align with WSCF-Europe’s efforts in this area.

    The Campaign:

    The ultimate aim of the campaign is to engage young people and provide them with the tools they need to create effective content, aimed at challenging hate speech and violent extremism. To achieve this overall aim, we set the following specific objectives:

    • to upscale and mobilise grassroots youth initiatives on alternative positive narratives;
    • to develop innovative youth-led approaches and methodologies;
    • to combine knowledge exchanges with action-oriented output;
    • to support and develop young people’s voices to tackle these issues, and form a strong network of youth activists who believe in religious, ethical and human resolution of crisis.

    SCMs and their members have always been at the heart of WSCF-Europe’s work, so in order to achieve all the objectives listed above, we look forward to your engagement and enthusiasm.

    Your ideas and who can apply:

    We want to hear from both SCMs who have participated in out training in Palermo, this May, but also from other SCMs, who did not have a chance to attend the training. For the SCMs who attended the training in Palermo, we strongly encourage you to submit your proposals on the ideas that you have come up with during the training, although these ideas can be changed/adjusted.

    Please note that we can offer support ONLY to SCMs affiliated and associated to the WSCF-Europe region. If you do not meet this criteria, we will not be able to fund your activity.

    What we offer:

    We offer financial support of up to € 2 000 to cover costs associated with your activity. This can include securing a venue, covering any materials used, paying any fees associated with bringing in an external speaker etc.

    We can also offer support in the form of human resources. Members of our WSCF-E team are experienced in the areas of project planning and delivery, events coordination, financial management, communications and others, and are more than happy to support you throughout the stages of planning, delivering and evaluating your activity.

    We also have a wide network of field experts in areas such as: theology, youth work, media literacy etc. We can create links between members of this network and your SCM, securing external speakers that will ensure the success of your event.

    How to apply:

    To apply, please fill in this application form by 15th August 2018 (extended).

    On the form, you will need to describe what the activity that you are planning to organise encompasses, the costs associated with it, and the kind of support that you are seeking from WSCF-Europe.

    Please note that all project ideas need to be implemented by November 2018.

    Contact:

    The WSCF-Europe Campaign Team is really keen to hear your ideas. The team is formed by:

    Pavlina Manavska (Campaigns Coordinator)

    Natia Tsintsadze (Regional Secretary)

    Zuzana Babicova (Chairperson)

    Lina Leonavičiūtė (Global Executive Committee Representative)

    Maria Atănăsoaei (Communications Officer)

    For any questions regarding the campaign and/or the project ideas applications, contact Pavlina Manavska, 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

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  5. Call for participants: Study Session “How is Peace Possible”

    ‘How is Peace Possible?’ 

    Study session,  22-26 October 2018, France

     

    What is the event about?

    “How is Peace Possible” conference will bring more than 25 young people from Europe and the Middle East to ask questions as – what is peace for Christianity and other religions? How do our laws/institutions  ensure peace?  We will discuss what is it to have peace on inter personal, community and institutional/country level. We will want to mobilize ourselves,  young people within Europe or worldwide to create awareness, explore concepts of peace, advocate, take action and commit to an everlasting world peace.

    During the study session we will approach the topic from different perspectives. We will speak about case studies and invite you as our participants to contribute your own experience. Finally we hope to find ways to get actively engaged for peace, we will provide you with toolboxes that help you to become ambassadors of peace in your home countries.

    Peace is the ability to respect differences within our diverse global community transcending the sovereignty of nations. Peace on earth begins in the heart of each person. It is first of all our hearts that have to be changed- welcoming a peace that will spread out and be communicated from one person to another.

     

    Achieve inner peace and thousands around you will be saved.

    (Seraphim of Sarov, a Russian monk, 1759-1833) .

     

    Peace ensures human dignity and guarantees humanity is preserved for future generations. Sometimes it takes a generation to be great. You can be that generation.”

    Nelson Mandela

     

    Violence as a way of achieving racial justice is both impractical and immoral. I am not unmindful of the fact that violence often brings about momentary results. Nations have frequently won their independence in battle. But in spite of temporary victories, violence never brings permanent peace

    Martin Luther King, Jr.

     

    Where?

    France, Strasbourg, CoE European Youth Centre.

    Dates

    Arrival – Sunday 21 October and departure Saturday 27 October

    Who can attend?

    The study session is open to all member movements of WSCF-Europe and also to our partner youth organisations. This event is also open to a small number of members of WSCF from the Middle East region too.  

    Application details:

    Fill in  the application form by 8th September 2018 (extended).

    To check for available spaces, contact freely Christiane at

    Financial contribution:

    • the participation fee is 50 €
    • Travel expenses are covered 100% under strict documentation requirements

    Organizers:

    Christiane Gebauer, WSCF-E Program Coordinator

    Zuzana Babicova, WSCF-E Chairperson

    Natia Tsintsadze, WSCF-E Executive

    Stefan Manevski (Educational Advisor, CoE)

    Ramy Farouk (WSCF Middle East representative)

    Elena Andreescu (SCM France)

    Kam Suan Mung (SCM Germany)

     

    The study session agenda is now available here.

    For any enquiries, contact the Study session Coordinator Christiane Gebauer .

    The project is financially supported by the Council of Europe Youth Department, the European Youth Foundation of the Council of Europe and the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Commission.

     

     

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    May 29th, 2018 12:33 am | Continue Reading
  6. Conference reflections: ‘(I)migrant: Perspectives of minority integration in Europe’

    We are pleased to share with you a few reflections and images from our 2017 conference ‘(I)migrant perspectives for minority integration’. The conference took place between 7-13 October, in Prosperous, Ireland. The main aims of the conference were:

    • t0 explore alternative solutions to combat hate speech and promote more inclusive and tolerance practices and policies towards migrants and refugees;
    • to train new leaders and empower youth activism in identifying and overcoming violence and xenophobic tendencies;
    • to exchange and create new tools and good practices offline and online advocacy and campaigning at local and regional context;
    • to influence the mainstream public opinion by new positive narratives and sharing from migrants’ stories;
    • to explore and spread official statistics and research on many socio-economic and cultural factors that migration positively contributes to and brings enormous added value to our societies;
    • to create a network of young activists that will work together more efficiently to improve the flow of information and facilitate common activities and campaigns.

    Enjoy the video and, if you have participated in the conference, send us your thoughts! :)

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    March 13th, 2018 12:45 pm | Continue Reading
  7. 2018 at a glance

    In 2018, WSCF Europe runs the campaign “One for all. All for one”, dedicated towards the elimination of hate speech and other negative narratives surrounding diversity and integration. As part of the campaign we are organising:

    • the Training “Spot it, stop it: Media Literacy to Combat Negative Narrative on Diversity and Inclusion”, which will take place in Palermo, Italy, between 6-11th May.
    • the Conference “How is Peace Possible?”, which will take place between 22nd-26th October, in Strasbourg, France.
    • the Conference “Humanity Reclaimed: Youth perspectives on Diversity and Inclusion”, which will take place in December, in Greece.

    To make all these events, and all our work outside of them, possible, we need your help!

    We are currently looking for:

    Join us and help us make this year a memorable one.

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    February 15th, 2018 2:55 pm | Continue Reading
  8. 2018 Staff & Officers Meeting

    Description of S&O

    Once a year WSCF-Europe organizes a meeting for Student Christian Movements to gather in one place, to meet with the WSCF Europe staff members, volunteer board members, and SCM representatives from other countries. This meeting is for all of you the opportunity to share the work you’ve been up to over the past year, as well as to learn new skills, make new contacts and to take lots of useful information home with you.

    What are the topics of the Meeting this year?

    This year’s meeting is entitled “Spot it, Stop it: Media Literacy to Combat Negative Narrative on Diversity and Inclusion”. More details coming soon!

    The Meeting will be held between 6-11th May 2018 in Palermo, Sicily.

    What are the benefits of this year’s edition of Staff and Officers meeting?

    The preparatory group of the meeting and the invited experts will ensure you will:

    … Learn to run a successful campaign in your local community and at European level.
    … Learn about the role of the media in promoting Inclusion, diversity and human rights.
    … Get ideas how to expose and combat negative narrative on diversity an inclusion.
    … Increase your knowledge on Human Rights Education.
    … Learn to run a successful campaign in your local community and at European level.
    … Meet young people working for and with Christian students across Europe, as well
    as the Regional Office staff.
    … Have fun and enjoy interactive activities.

    Who can attend?

    The meeting is open to the staff and volunteers from the WSCF-Europe member movements (SCMs) in Europe and to young people coming from Council of Europe member states who has interest in the topics of the meeting and is highly motivated to contribute to the training course and implementation of it results.

    If you want to know more about Staff and Officers meeting from last year you can find it here.

    Application details:

    Fill in  the application form by 25th February (extended) to make sure you do not miss out on this opportunity. The deadline has now passed, however, apply ASAP if you wish to participate. 

    Financial contribution:

    • the full participation fee is 200 € (covering 5 nights full boarding and other associated costs). The minimum participation fee is 70 €.
    • Travel expenses can be covered by up to 80 % of total costs.

    Financial/reimbursement guide  based on solidarity is outlined in the application form. If you cannot pay the outlined minimum contribution, apply anyway and we will agree on financial terms.

    Organizers:

    Zuzana Babicova, Chaiperson

    Luise Klein, Links Coordinator

    Christiane Gebauer, Program Coordinator

    Pavlina Manavska, Co-opted Member

    The S&O 2018 Agenda is now available here.

    We are open to your suggestions and ideas regarding the programme of the meeting. Let us know what would you like to discuss with representatives of other SCMs; which specific skills and activities that you would like to learn more about; which topics of spirituality that you are interested in. Your contribution is very important for us. Our Links Coordinator Luise Klein () is awaiting your suggestions.

    The project is financially supported by the European Youth Foundation of the Council of Europe and the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Commission.

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    January 12th, 2018 4:11 pm | Continue Reading
  9. 2017 – A Year with No Hate

    Now that 2017 is coming to an end, it is time to draw the line and acknowledge everything that we have achieved. WSCF Europe dedicated this year to the campaign ‘A Year with No Hate’, focusing on  the promotion of equal opportunities, human rights and respect for human dignity, as core principles of every inclusive and diverse society. This campaign was part of the larger No Hate Speech Movement, an initiative of the Youth Department of the Council of Europe. Most of the activities organised by WSCF Europe have been made possible by the funding received from the European Youth Foundation.

    Here is a summary of all the activities that were part of our campaign this year:

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    1.

    Staff and Officers Meeting: Vilnius (Lithuania), 1st-6th April 2017

    ‘I Stand Up to Hate Speech: Tools for Newcomers’

    This meeting gathered WSCF Europe staff, members, volunteers and Student Christian Movements representatives from all over Europe, and was aimed at helping them develop the skills and knowledge required in becoming human rights activists, and in running successful human rights awareness and promotion campaigns at a local and regional level.

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    2.

    WSCF Europe Conference: Prosperous (Ireland), 7-13th October 2017

    ‘(I)migrant: Perspectives of minority integration in Europe’

    Young people from all over Europe gathered in Ireland and took part in a series of workshops, lectures and small group discussions, aimed at creating mutual respect and enhancing understanding of topics, such as building and sustaining diverse communities.

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    3.

    Diversity and Integration Photo Competition

    October-December 2017

    Between October and November, WSCF Europe challenged creative young people across Europe to share their best photographs reflecting the topics of diversity and integration. The competition was aimed at making young people reflect on the meaning of diversity in their lives. The winners of the competition have been announced in December.

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    4.

    Student Christian Movements in action

    September-November 2017

    Supporting actions at the local level, WSCF Europe decided to offer small grants to Student Christian Movements (SCMs) across Europe to organise activities that promote diversity and understanding of how diverse societies can come into being. Two grants were awarded.

    The first grant was awarded for the joint activity organised by SCM Finland and SCM Helsinki, which consisted of a study trip to Tallinn, where students learnt about attitudes towards religious, ethnic and sexual minorities in Estonia.

    The second grant was awarded to SCM Britain to organise the activity ‘A Light for All’, which consisted of a day trip to the Lancaster University Chaplaincy, where Rev. Dr. Anderson Jeremiah delivered to students a talk on the topic: “The Bible as a catalyst for new life: an immigrant perspective”.

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  10. 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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    October 30th, 2017 3:07 am | Continue Reading