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  1. 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! :)


    March 13th, 2018 12:31 pm | Continue Reading
  2. 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.


    February 15th, 2018 2:55 pm | Continue Reading
  3. 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.


    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.


    January 12th, 2018 11:47 am | Continue Reading
  4. 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:



    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.



    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.



    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.



    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”.


    December 22nd, 2017 11:20 pm | Continue Reading
  5. 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.



    October 30th, 2017 3:07 am | Continue Reading
  6. 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?


    October 11th, 2017 1:57 am | Continue Reading
  7. 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!


    September 21st, 2017 2:10 am | Continue Reading
  8. 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!


    September 20th, 2017 2:43 am | Continue Reading
  9. 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.



    September 12th, 2017 2:48 am | Continue Reading
  10. 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 Aims 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


    June 18th, 2017 4:32 pm | Continue Reading