WSCF supports young Christians in Egypt
The leadership of the World Student Christian Federation held its yearly Staff and Officers Meeting in Cairo, Egypt from 13 to 20 February 2013 in order to offer their presence and support to the Student Christian Movements in Egypt.
WSCF’s leadership, which included the Chairperson, Treasurer, and General and Regional Secretaries, met with students, youth and church leaders to hear their perspectives on their faith and witness during this tumultuous time in Egypt’s history, and to reinforce the WSCF’s commitment to support their communities during the process of ongoing change in the country and region.
A highlight of the WSCF leadership’s time in Egypt was meeting with students and youth from the eight Student Christian Movements. The students boldly expressed their fears, hopes, and dreams for their communities during this time of deep economic and political instability. Following the Egyptian Revolution of 2011, the young people have a newfound understanding of what it means to be both Christians and citizens in their country – an understanding which has spurred them to increased activism on social and political levels.
However, the students shared with the WSCF team that their desire to play an increasingly active role in the future of their society is complicated by the economic pressures to leave Egypt to find secure jobs and peaceful livelihoods – a pressure which affects many Egyptian youth. They also shared that as Christians, and therefore minorities, they have fears about the fact that the new constitution does not give them the full rights and responsibilities of citizenship.
In addition, the young Christians are impatient with the lack of unity between the churches and expressed their desire for churches in their community to move beyond their differences and intentionally work together to demonstrate the leadership and unity needed to transform their churches, communities, and society during this time.
The students and youth called upon the WSCF’s leadership to support them by: offering support to their ongoing ecumenical work with young people; entering into high-level conversations with church and ecumenical bodies and leaders; and fostering greater communication between Student Christian Movements in the Federation’s six regions. They also expressed profound gratitude to the staff and officers for choosing to be present with them during this turbulent time.
The World Student Christian Federation commits itself to:
• Offering renewed solidarity and support to Egypt and the Middle East Region during this extraordinary moment in history;
• Communicating the concerns of the youth to the global church, ecumenical bodies, and wider world;
• Encouraging and supporting the work of the Student Christian Movements;
• Creating space for young voices to be heard;
• Encouraging and facilitating Muslim Christian peace-building at all levels of the Federation;
• Continuing to equip students and the Federation to play a role in the evolution and change happening in Egypt and the Middle East; and
• Continuously hold our sisters and brothers in Egypt and the Middle East in prayer.
“The Lord had said through the prophet: “Out of Egypt I called my son.”
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