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  1. Call for applications: WSCF-E conference in Ireland

    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?

    The WSCF-E is hosting a safe space for dialogue about these questions and more.

    If you would like to be part of this dialogue, join us between 7-13 October 2017 in Kildare, Ireland for “(I)migrant: perspectives of minority integration in Europe”.

    Young people from all over Europe will be gathering to sing, eat, pray and talk deeply about integration and community building.

    During the programme, you will have the opportunity to participate in a series of workshops, lectures and small group discussions. This is aimed at creating mutual respect and enhancing understanding of topics such as: building and sustaining diverse communities, and how we can shape our future together

    For details, you can read the Aim and Objectives, and 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 migration, or
    • you work/volunteer supporting migrants, refugees or asylum seekers.

    You can apply here. The deadline is July 30 (extended). This conference will be in English.

    The participation fee is 170 €. For financial subsidy, see here for details. If you find difficult to pay the minimum participation fee, and you are migrant, refugee or asylum seeker, please contact .

    We are grateful to the European Youth Foundation of the Council of Europe and our Senior Friends for funding this conference.

    What? “(I)migrant: perspectives of minority integration in Europe”
    When? 7-13 October 2017
    Where? Prosperous, Kildare County , Ireland

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  2. European Regional Assembly 2017 info page

    European Regional Assembly

    Ireland, Curryhills

    13-16 October 2017

     

    For your action

    1. Apply to be a delegate to represent your SCM by 12 July 2017 (extended) – application form 
    2. Apply to be the ERC member for 2017-2019 – by 1 October 2017 – application form
    3. Submit your suggested changes to the By Laws of WSCF-E by filling in this form by 1st August

     

    The ERA is an opportunity to discuss any changes to our Europe By-laws – the guiding principles for our governance. In order to increase efficiency and better respond to the current reality, the ERC is proposing following amendments and additions to the By-laws. These will be discussed and voted on at the ERA. We encourage you – SCMers and ERA delegates – to also reflect on the current version of our By-laws.

    For reference:

        1. ERA general overview
        2. ERC roles– currently open roles: Chair, Vice Chair, 2 × Program Coordinators, Regional Networking Coordinator, Global Networking Coordinator and Fundraising Coordinator)
        3. ERA 2017 Agenda 
        4. By Laws of the WSCF-Europe
        5. WSCF Constitution
        6. Documents from ERA 2015: Minutes & Policy Papers
        7. Testimonials of past ERC members
        8. 2015 and 2016(coming soon) Annual reports

     

    WSCF-Europe team is looking forward to seeing you and creating the future for our organisation with your contribution, having spiritual renewal and positive community time in Ireland

    For any comments and thoughts please feel free to contact the Chair, Zuzana Babicova at chair@wscf-europe.org.

     

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  3. 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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  4. 2017 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?

    In 2017 our work will focus on promoting equal opportunity, human rights and respect for a human dignity as core principles of every inclusive and diverse society. Given the importance and urgency of the current immigration and refugee crisis in Europe, we believe that during this year we should be focused on addressing these issues and the challenges related to them. With this in mind, the WSCF-Europe will dedicate its Staff and Officers’ meeting to the capacity building training for its members on how to plan, engage and run a successful and effective campaign at local, national and European levels. This meeting will set the scene for the rest of the activities throughout the year and aims to empower, motivate and equip the participants to act as multipliers, beneficiaries and even leaders in the forthcoming activities. The course will help the participants to develop necessary competences (skills, knowledge and attitude) to become activists of human rights education and part of a wider No Hate Speech Movement.

    The Meeting will be held on April 1-6 2017 in Vilnius, Lithuania.

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    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;
    – Discuss and get practical tools on combating hate speech in Europe today, notably in relation to conflicts, extremism, refugee/immigration crises and gender;
    – Increase your knowledge on Human Rights Education;
    – Join the campaign A Year with No Hate that will be launched right after the training. Together with other participants of the training and with the support from the WSCF-Europe you will plan and run different activities throughout the year;
    – 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:

    Applications are now closed.

    Financial contribution:

    • the full participation fee is 200 € (covering 5 nights full boarding and other associated costs). The minimum participation fee is 50 €.
    • Travel expenses can be covered by up to 80 % of total costs.

    Financial/reimbursement guide  based on solidarity is outlined in the application form.

    Organizers:

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    Natia Tsintsadze, Regional Executive

    Jurgita Kozeniauskaite, Links Coordinator

    Pavlina Manavska, Co-Opted Member

    Download S&O 2017 agenda (PDF) – version 24.03.2017

    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 Jurgita Koženiauskaitė (links@wscf-europe.org) 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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  5. Call for applications: Study Session “Let’s Talk about Sexuality”

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    Ecumenical Youth Council in Europe (EYCE) and World Student Christian Federation – Europe (WSCF-E) invite you to apply for the Study Session

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

     that will take place at the European Youth Centre in Budapest, 8-15th May 2016.

    This Study Session will explore the issues related to broadly understood sexuality, providing special space for the Christian understandings of the theme. It will critically address and explore relevant topics and issues from a multi-denominational Christian perspective.

     The study session will address the questions below and many others:

    WHAT is Sexuality? How do we understand the differences between sexual identity, sexual expression and gender/sex?

    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?

    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?

    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 the Churches in this subject? Are the teachings of the Churches irreconcilable/incompatibile with the equality principles?

    The programme will be based on the approaches and methodologies of non-formal education and will include:

    • Mutual learning across cultures and denominations
    • Practical creative workshops
    • Interaction with guest speakers / experts / practitioners
    • Provision of space for exchanging skills and knowledge, and experience as well as examples of good practice in gender plurality
    • Visits to local NGO´s, which deals with the issue explored at the Session

    Participation fee

     50€ (Euros) including accommodation, meals and programme.

    Travel subsidies

    Travel expenses of the participants will fully covered by the Council of Europe on the condition that participants arrange their journeys in the most economical manner possible. The reimbursement is conditional upon 80% of attendance in the sessions and on basis of providing relevant invoices.

    Visa

    Obtaining a visa may take several weeks. Please submit your application form as soon as possible and make sure that you know what is required to obtain a visa in your country. Do not apply for a visa before you have been accepted to participate in the study session. Further support in obtaining a visa will be provided.

    Application deadline

    Thursday, 25th of February 2016, midnight CET.

    Please fill in the online application, which can be found here: http://goo.gl/forms/vBjnbndJBn

    Further information

    Need more information? Feel free to inquire at studysession2016@gmail.com! More information concerning travel arrangements will be provided for the selected participants.

    International Planning Committee

    Natia Tsintsadze (WSCF-E, Italy)

    Pawel Pustelnik (EYCE, United Kingdom)

    Satu Koikkalainen (EYCE, Finland)

    Pavlina Manavska (WSCF-E, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia)

    Pawel Cecha (WSCF-E, Poland)

    Jakub Niewiadomski (EYCE, Poland)

    Maria Koutatzi (CoE)

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    December 29th, 2015 10:23 pm | Continue Reading
  6. WSCF Global Staff & Officers Meeting in August 2015

    WSCF Global Staff and Officers’ Meeting will be held in August 3-9, 2015 in Birmingham, UK. The meeting will be hosted by SCM Britain and is financially supported by the Karibu Foundation  and the Waldesian Church. The six Regional Secretaries from all regions – Marcelo Leites (LAC), Luciano Kovacs (NA), Sunita Suna (AP), Amos Mushendwa (Africa), Elsy Wakil (ME), and Natia Tsintsadze (E), along with WSCF Officers, Bronwyn Claire (Treausurer, AP), Immanuel Kitnan (Vice Chair, AP), Georgine Djeutane (Acting Chairperson) will be present at the Meeting. They will be joined by some members of the Transition Team, among others, Acting Chairperson Georgine Kengne Djeutane, Interim Staff Coordinator Necta Montes, WSCF Cennential Fund Representative Salters Sterling, and Student Representative Pretty  Mubaiwa.

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    This year the meeting has rather different format (Strategic Workshop) than previous times and this is due to a special transition period of the Federation and the ongoing process of changes. The meeting will be facilitated by Udan Fernando, who has been inited to assist in Strategic Planning, Operations and Management.

    Click here to see the Concept Note and the Workflow for the Staff and Officers’ Strategic Workshop.

    If you have any suggestions regarding the preparations for the Global S&O Meeting, please write to European Regional Secretary on .

     

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  7. 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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  8. Religion & Politics conference in Czech Republic!

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    Dear participant,

    This website section is for participants of the WSCF-E and EUJS joint conference “Religion and Politics: Democracy and Moral Values in Multicultural Europe Today”.

    Here you will find all the necessary information for your participation in the conference.

    If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us on !

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    ATTACHMENTS:

    Please read the ‘Travel instructions’ carefully and follow the instructions indicated to reach the venue without problems.

    Check if the current information is up to date and if there might be any changes. You are responsible for your own travels.

    We look forward to meeting you and spending 5 interesting conference days with you.

    Best wishes! See you on Saturday, 17 October 2015!

    – The Preparatory Committee

     

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    What is this conference about?

    In many European countries policies are being discussed which if put into law will affect people’s religious and cultural practices. These controversial subjects represent wider moral debates and should therefore only be discussed on a basis of mutual respect. Examples of such contentious issues are: school prayers, ritual slaughter, sex education in public schools, abortion, euthanasia, same-sex marriage and religious symbols in public institutions.

    How does religion fit in a changing secular and multicultural Europe and what are the limits of freedom of religion?

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

    What? A joint conference on religion and politics in Europe run by WSCF-E and EUJS.
    When? 17th* – 23rd October 2015.
    WhereLitomysl, Czech Republic, YMCA Europe Training Centre, Litomysl
    Why? To have fruitful encounters of opinions, create mutual respect and understanding.
    How? Apply through this form by September 10, 2015.

    Participation fee: 120€  (If you have any difficulty funding your attendance, please contact us at: october.conference2015@gmail.com)

    The organizers will do their best to accommodate all religious/spiritual requirements communicated by participants in advance.

    We do not know whether, if we enjoyed perfect understanding, we would discover uniquely correct resolutions to problems of incompatible [moral] values […] But we should be able to recognize that all of us lack that kind of understanding at present.

    – Gutmann & Thompson (1996) in Democracy and Disagreement

    * Arrival date will be the 17th of October, the actual program starts the 18th. For participants who observe shabbat, a shabbat program will be available from the 16th.


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  9. Conference report: “Bridging our differences. Learning skills of intercultural dialogue together!”

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    Overview 

    In our increasingly diverse societies it is now more common than ever to meet and work with people who are different from us, in culture, religion or social worldview. Sometimes it can be difficult to get into contact and dialogue with somebody that differs from us. At other times, we might think we are open to others, but at the same time we may lack certain communication skills for being sensitive in encounters with different cultures or religions.

    Students from all over Europe came to Wroclaw, Poland to learn about how best to communicate with others and to equip themselves with the knowledge to engage in others in intercultural dialogue.  It was a week full of lectures, workshops, role-plays and discussions. People from different faiths to help one another and about how in their differences they could be strong. The conference was a stronghold for the message we wish to spread from the World Student Christian Federation (WSCF) General Assembly “We are many, we are one. Sent to build Gods peace”.

    Read full report here.

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  10. Call for the preparatory committee members

    We are searching for volunteers for conference preparation team members! for our conference“Life choices“. 

    Is your faith important to you?
    Is your love life?
    Are the two mutually exclusive or somehow in conflict?
    Do you ever talk about one in the context of the other?
    Do you feel able to do so freely?

    In recent times the majority of us as young Christians have enjoyed unprecedented freedom when it comes to making decisions about our private lives and futures, the church having lost much of its previously unchallenged authority in dictating how we should act. In the absence of a unified and consistent voice on such matters, however, many feel insecure in their actions and unguided by the church in this aspect of their lives.

    Opinions have become polarised and although these themes hold questions that are essential for most young people, both open conversation and exchange of ideas in a diverse community are rare, the topics pushed into the space of private reflection. Especially the topic of sexuality is often stigmatised and is only addressed in close circles of friends, in which convictions are rarely challenged. This is dangerous for us in general and as individual Christians, promoting feelings of passivity and an unquestioned acceptance of established social norms and gender roles.

    All of these topics need an open conversation among young people today. WSCF-e plans to hold a conference in October to provide such an opportunity, to explore the issues which are so vital in young people’s lives yet so often go undiscussed. This safe space will allow an extensive examination of the topic, from the analysis of church doctrine to the sharing of personal experience.

    If you feel strongly about promoting this vital discussion amongst young people, then apply to be on our prep com and help us do just that

    We are looking for you to help us organize a conference about life relationships and identity, which will take place from the 6th to the 12th October in Norway!

    You can

    • become part of a team that, from May till October 2014, will prepare the conference
    •  take on a big responsibility with other volunteers and help this event be a success
    • challenge yourself, develop new skills in public relations work, time management and team work and realize your potential
    • contribute your own knowledge, experience and talents
    • connect with other Christian students, gain experience working in an international team and have a fun time together

    Preparations will include two in-person meetings of the volunteer leadership team in Poland. The dates of the first in-person meeting is 6th to the 8th June but the location is yet to be decided

    If you would like to get a taste of how it is to be in a Preparatory Committee, read this reflection by Annika Foltin (who was a prepcom member of “Who is my Neighbour” conference in Autumn 2012).

    To apply to become a volunteer, please fill in the  Application Form and send it to our . The applications deadline is Monday 28th April. 

    We look forward to hearing from you and to create our team!

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