ERA 2019 in review

November 17th, 2019 2:24 pm

Between 3rd and 8th October, delegates of Student Christian Movements (SCMs) from across Europe, WSCF Europe committee and staff members, and WSCF Europe partners and Senior Friends, have all gathered in Copenhagen, Denmark, for the 2019 European Regional Assembly. The Assembly is the highest decision-making body of WSCF Europe, and gathers bi-annually. The last Assembly took place in 2017, in Prosperous, Ireland.

The Assembly discussed and voted on the future of the Federation, including: voting on a number of amendments to the WSCF Europe By-Laws, voting the new European Regional Committee (ERC), who will lead on the activity of the organisation for the next two years; and discussing topics and activities that WSCF Europe could explore over the next two years.

The Assembly was happy to elect a new ERC composed by both old and new WSCF Europe members. The new Committee is formed by:

There are a number of vacant positions in the new European Regional Committee, for which SCM members are encouraged to apply. These are: Treasurer, Programme Coordinators (x2) and Campaigns Coordinator.

Apart from performing the main functions of the Assembly, attendees have also participated in a series of sessions focused on improving the dialogue and connections between WSCF Europe and different affiliated and associated SCMs, but also between SCMs themselves. The delegates discussed how to improve communication between WSCF Europe and SCMs, how to work closely to organise events and run campaigns, and what kind of support they would like WSCF Europe to offer to the movements. They also joined a number of workshops, on topics such as climate change, social action, and theology and interfaith dialogue.

The host movement, YMCA Denmark, also invited the delegates to a local event – a discussion on ‘Christianity in Denmark’. The panel of the discussion was formed by Zuzana Babicova, former WSCF Europe Chair, Rasmus Jensen, from the Grundtvigsk Forum, and Mikkel Gabriel Christoffersen, from the Danmarks Kristelige Gymnasiastbevægelse.

Additionally, the delegates heard from a number of representatives of WSCF partner organisations, including: Torsten Morten, from the Churches’ Commission for Migrants in Europe, Joy Eva Bohol, from the World Council of Churches, and Angelita Tomaselli, from the Ecumenical Youth Council in Europe. They discussed the activity of the organisations they were representing over the next year, opportunities for young people to get involved, and opportunities for partnerships.

Overall, the Assembly was successful in setting the ground for WSCF Europe’s activity in the next few years. We are thankful to our donors, the European Commission, for the funding granted, which allowed us to organise this event.

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