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  1. Communications Officer – position filled


    As the ERC undertook a search for the candidate for Communications Officer position in the beginning of summer to aid key external communications projects of WSCF-E, we have now closed the process.
    Having received much interest in this position, which we are grateful for, the ERC selected and appointed Maria Kozhinova for this position

    10915121_10203919496208966_775696004704711282_o (1)Maria has a degree in Communications, greatly equipped with IT skills and experienced in leading communications and marketing activities, has an SCM background and has showed a lot of enthusiam for WSCF-E. ERC welcomed application for this demanding staff position from our current ERC member as Maria. Maria will continue serving as ERC member in her Links role until October 2015 and then step down for her successor at the ERA. She will start as staff member from 1 November. We congratulate to Maria and wish her all the best in this new WSCF-E venture which surely will greatly enrich WSCF-E communications and help our work.

    Zuzka on behalf of the European Regional Committee

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  2. An update about Global Staff & Officers’ Meeting

    In the beginning of August the WSCF Global staff and officers had an in-person annual meeting in Birmingham. This year our meeting was especially important as we are going through the transition period that poses some major challenges and opportunities for us. Together with the Transition Team members, we worked on the strategic planning for the next quadrennium, including thematic areas and programmes, governance, management and operational structures, finances and fundraising. A week-long work on sharing and planning was stemmed from the decisions of the General Assembly in Bogota and the recommendations of the Transition Team. We also looked at the challenges and achievements of the Federation over the last four decades. Thus, learning from the past and analysing current state of the Federation, we were guided by the facilitator to focus on strategic planning for the next four years.

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    Throughout our staying in Birmingham, we enjoyed warm hospitality, care and support from SMC Britain, our member movement in the UK. Here to shout out a massive thank you to Hilary, Lizzie, Lisa, Clare and all others for their warm welcome, wonderful tea breaks, dinners out and for all the fun and joy we had during those days.

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    It was great opportunity to meet many SCM members, senior friends, partners from the UK and to reconnect within the WSCF family. It was particularly encouraging to see all six regions working in a team on a shared vision. Impressive progress made so far by the Transition Team has been enriched by further reflections and comments. Believe me, we did not stop talking about the work even during delicious dinner times :)

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    And, all this beautifully coincide with the celebrating 120 years anniversary of the WSCF and we were able to mark this significant moment in unity. We felt blessed and encouraged to remember our history and the importance of our work and solidarity with each other worldwide.

    Natia Tsintsadze

    WSCF-E Regional Secretary

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  3. Agape Political Camp 2015: ”Peace Pedagogy”

    The ecumenical centre Agape in the Italian alps; a fruit of young peoples strife for peace and reconciliation in the aftermath of World War II, has since long been closely connected to the WSCF and SCM:ers have come here regularly to participate in one or more of the camps that are organizated throughout the month of august every summer. I came here for the first time for this years Political Camp; a week of lectures, discussions, and reflection on the theme of peace and security. Peace pedagogy is about intentionally finding new ways of speaking about ”security” and peace; a guiding question during the week has been ”Security for whom?” Participants have been challenged to reflect on new forms of activism needed to achieve genuine peoples security.

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    Apart from working with and learning about these serious questions; stimulated by presentations by speakers such as indian theologian Aruna Gnanadason from the World Council of Churches, and Corrinne Williamson from the University of Tunis, there has also been lots of fun and games; a bonfire, a vegetarian cooking-workshop, ”sports for peace”, wild dancing and opportunities for fiesta (!) As I write this we are preparing for the celebration of the WSCF’S aniversary; 120 years as a key ecumenical movement and the oldest international student organization in the world. Since it all began in Vadstena, Sweden 1895 I will mark this moment as the celebrations Swedish representative with some storytelling about the planting of a little tree that has now grown, is deeply rooted in the ecumenical Spirit and has spread its branches in the form of 117 Student Christian Movements globally.

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    Most of all, I have found great value in meeting activists and engaged people from all over this world, and of all ages and religious belongings. Meeting SCM:ers – some old friends & other new ones – is very much like reconnecting with a spiritual family for me. As many of you know, the ecumenical experience is something beyond words, and what is amazing is that it deepens for every encounter. My new friend Dennis, a courageous LGBT-activist from Honduras – currently living as a refugee in Costa Rica – has reignited my engagement for repressed sexual minorities globally. Mo Chit, an SCM:er I´ve met before in her homeland Burma, is one of those people that radiates joy and inspire people around her. Not to speak of my good friends Brandi (Canada) and Johana (Colombia), who I met for the first at time at the General Assembly in Bogota and now reconnect with. And many more; 18 SCM´s are represented at this very camp, and others have been here for other camps earlier this summer.

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    It is indeed like being with family, in its best sense, to take part of WSCF international events. Praying, learning, acting, sharing and hoping together – with a deep and shared sense of common spiritual roots and longing for a more just and peaceful world.

    Are Kaspersen

    SCM of Sweden

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  4. What is up in WSCF-Europe from Jan 2015 until now? Dedication, Volunteering & Much Gratitude

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    Looking back at the first half of this year now, I have felt the need to write up a short blog on the life in WSCF Europe as so much has happened since the beginning of this year. WSCF-E as such stands on  volunteering of a few dedicated and gifted people on the ERC– Annika Foltin, Krista Autio, Maria Kozhinova, David Cleary, Ellie Peacock, Valentin Tranchand and an extraordinarily committed Regional Secretary – Natia Tsintsadze and many others of you who support us when we turn to you for assistance – there is so many of you! Since Jan 2015 up until now we have gone through a period of analysing and ultimately deciding to do some transformations in the way we run WSCF-E and as we go on, our team members changed too and we continue receiving a lot of support from the circle of WSCF friends.

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    As it happens after some time, we had some changes in team members. In March, after more than 3 years, Marco Fornerone, our very much valued ExCo member, finished his term, and Valentin Tranchand became his successor. Marco was always our insightful thinker and aiding our work with his grounded theology knowledge and pastoral care support. Around that time another member of the ERC, Libby Lewin, our Treasurer resigned after 3 years serving WSCF-Europe. Libby has been a committed ERC member and with Marco they both volunteered in WSCF-Europe team over more than two terms. Big thanks to them for being part of ERC, you are still part of WSCF!

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    With changes in our team, we had also changes in ‘’who does what’’. We realised a great need for improving external communications and hence we decided to split the work done traditionally by our full time intern between a remotely working Communications Officer and office based Admin and Finance Officer. We are on the way to source our two new staff  members which will should bring about better focus on communications and finance support. We also decided to share our work with friends from SCMs who are willing to support us on pro bono basis. We are already very thankful to our friends, a Senior Friend, Miro Berberov for pro bono IT support, and Gabor Nemet and Eli Bradovkova for graphic design assistance. Your skills, friends, make us look professional online! Thank you very much!

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    WSCF-Europe finances and the way we work with our financial and non-financial resources has been also changed. Being confronted with serious financial situation featuring some insecurity of payment of the salary of our key employee, Regional Secretary, which is 40% of our annual (non programmatic) administrative budget, we made correspondingly a serious decision to make a favorable solution to both our budget and the current Regional Secretary by moving the WSCF-Europe office from Berlin to Trento, Italy, the home location of our current Regional Secretary, Natia. This will happen already in mid August this year. If it proves fruitful, this may very well even set the pattern for years to come to address financial situation and also provide flexibility and benefit for our international staff member – Regional Secretary – being located in the country where the RS will be based in with good opportunities to set up the office and at the same time in the country where we have an member movement. So, we look forward to providing stability to our key employee and at the same time building a more lively connection to another member movement – SCM Italy in the upcoming years. :)

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    Our financial situation has been really such an ongoing focus for us as you may gather.  This autumn we are applying for an important administrative grant that could cover partly European RS salary costs (which has never been the case in the past) in order to decrease our European take from global resources. We hope to be more in solidarity with regions who have less opportunities as we may have in Europe. So far, we are just hoping this will turn truth and more news will be known at the beginning of 2016. Grant giving is very competitive everywhere and we hope very much we stand up to this challenge.

    Apart from finances that to a large extent make WSCF-Europe happen, we have a few projects started for which we need very little or almost no financial resources. These are the things which really bring energy and positive breeze- time and willingness to still be giving and enjoying this work together and not being worried about money… :). One of the projects that we all are in particular excited is related to our history of WSCF-Europe. We realised that resources we can publicly and easily access online are so far giving very little information about our history. We meet often our predecessors from WSCF, we hear stories and experiences but there is little captured what has happened since around mid 80s in the Europe region. Hence we started to dig into our history and this initiative was taken up by our Fundraising Coordinator, David Cleary. David is reaching out to many our Senior Friends (which was started by meeting Inger Lise in Sweden this summer) and communicating with our WSCF global Yale archive to gather information which we could bring in to our website and provide interesting source of information about our past and legacy.

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    Another project is related to communications as we are very much aware as many of you maybe as well – that our website needs some improvements… Did you feel sometimes you cannot find what you need or that our website is little boring? These are the reasons :). Maria, our Links Coordinator has been dedicating time to it and doing much developmental steps toward slowly changing our website. In addition, we are starting to get our Mozaik online and make it an online forum for ideas to flow easily in addition to our much valued old fashioned printed version of Mozaik Europe bi-annual journal. These are the ‘’big’’ projects for us, but there are also small projects which we are doing now- as making our next conference little inter-regional by inviting other region’s SCMers; as a team making our newsletter better and sourcing other regions’ news for greater interconnectedness or just something as relatively insignificant and quite uninteresting as dissolvement of our WSCF-E legal presence in Budapest after WSCF-E and Centennial Fund owned property in Budapest had been sold recently.

    Finally our energy is released for much more interesting things and we can celebrate almost complete success with this legal process:). Important is to say that this would not be possible without very resourceful assistance of our Senior Friends- Nagypal Szabolcz and Kristin Makszin living in Budapest- thank you dear friends, for still being so helpful when we need your help! 19153989505_d190c9968e_o

    Writing these lines down, beginning of August 2015, looking back at what has happened in WSCF-Europe over last few months- I feel so much gratitude to people who have helped us- for you it is perhaps little support but for us it means a lot.  Your skills, time, advise and also your financial generosity is part of what WSCF-E makes happen. Thanks to Patrizia Glaizal from SCM Paris and Are Kaspersen from SCM Sweden for being so helpful hosting our internal meetings this year. Jiri Bukovinsky who has taken up the role of Chair of search committee as a Senior Friend from Europe. Thanks to Marita Mattila,  Minna Mannert and Jooa Sotejeff who are already helping us with meeting organization in Helsinki in Jan 2016. Big thanks to our financial supporters- you know who you are- we value your giving a lot! There is so many of you who help us as we go.

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    We are going through busy times with the office move, projects going on apart from our events, changes in our staff personnel structure, and off course preparing for an important statutory meeting we are holding after two years this October. However, this would not happen if we on the ERC would not get your support. I have said thank you many times in this blog, however, I sincerely mean it dear friends, without your help and we would have done much less than what we are able to do this year.

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    Zuzka

    WSCF-E Chairperson

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  5. WSCF meeting Evangelisches Missionswerk & Bread for the World

    On 12 June 2015, representatives of our three levels in WSCF – our country level member movement in Germany- ESG represented by our long term colleague and friend- Annette Klinke, regional representatives of WSCF-Europe- Regional Secretary Natia Tsintsadze and Chairperson Zuzana Babicova along with WSCF Interim Staff Coordinator Necta Montes met with Oliver Martin- Bread for the World (a Protestant Development Service) and Christoph Anders from Evangelisches Missionswerk (EMW).

    Both organisations have been long term supporters of WSCF mission through generous financial support. The very reason why there was such a need for this in person meeting is because all three organisations did not meet for a long while. Therefore, some deeper understanding of how WSCF as an organisation is doing in particular its financial well being along with giving more insight into our programmatic direction was our reason for re-establishing connections. As WSCF had her General Assembly this year  after 6,5 years and has set on the transition period, these were also reasons why a meeting with our long term partners would be very helpful.

    Thus, we came to Berlin to meet Oliver Martin from the Bread for the World which used to support WSCF and in particular financially less capable countries with their programs. As this funding (known as WSCF Ecumenical Assistance Program) stopped some years ago and some regions of WSCF suffered from the loss of this resource, we were keen to renew the connection to the Bread for the World and understand whether there is a chance for WSCF to still receive support and what conditions there may be. Oliver Martin gave us a clear message that doors are still open and they will welcome applications from WSCF or any strong national movement capable of administering their funds professionally and up to desired standards. Oliver stressed that Bread for the World will value and will most likely give support to such conceptual proposals which will show coherence of programs organized by different parts of WSCF. He offered further consultancy through their organisation, so we left re-assured that WSCF needs to identify solid human resource capacity internally  and develop the concept for new programs that is viable for us and matching with expectations of Bread for the World.

    After conversation with Martin, we had a good few hours’ talk with Mr Anders who is the Director of EMW. EMW has been contributing to the WSCF core budget for decades with generous amount of financial resources. These were particularly very valuable in that it is rare nowadays to be able to receive undesignated funds. WSCF have been able to use this funding to annually remunerate our seven key staff members- six regional secretaries and Inter-regional Office (IRO) office personnel that are instrumental for enabling regions to have the basis for further work with national movements of WSCF and keep programs going.

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    We talked with Christoph about what WSCF need to improve and the main points from Christoph for us were – better transparency and reporting quality. We acknowledged importance of both and agreed to strive for the best;  we internally are aware of the need to address it and assured that concerns raised will be dealt with. We also talked about the change of the location of the IRO office to another place in Europe or outside. Right now when the WSCF transition team is working until the end of this year on remodelling the way WSCF may work in near future, a costly IRO Geneva location  is a key almost hot topic for many of us in the Federation. Christoph was sharing with us a few examples of global organisations changing the location and the rationale and context behind it. Christoph’s understanding was that in our context this move may represent a symbolic change which seems to be desired by many internally and that worthwhile will be to think also about theological and historical underpinning of the the place we may choose for the IRO. We appreciated Christoph’s engaged and consultative approach and willingness to support us with advice and knowledge coming from EMW’s institutional experience. Apart from many matters related directly to the current situation of ”times of transformation”, we also touched upon the theme of our global campaign (its potential and weaknesses) and its underlying engagement of friends of WSCF. How can we all – students, staff and WSCF alumnae/Senior Friends- best mutually benefit from giving and receiving as we wish to stay around WSCF. That was also our part of our discussion- an aspect that needs thoughtful process and a lot of development from us.  WSCF was also warmly welcomed to host events and meetings in EMW’s facilities in Hamburg in the future. This will surely be a good opportunity in the future to get to know more EMW.

    This meeting was very fruitful for both the actual exchange of ideas and concerns and a very good opportunity to establish personal connections with EMW represented by Mr Anders and Bread for the World represented by Mr Martin. They both showed care and committement to WSCF which was very positive for us and much appreciated. As we agreed, once the Transition team has first solid results of their analysis and proposals, our all partners including Christoph from EMW and Martin from Bread for the World will be invited for further discussion along with other partners and donors of WSCF.

    Much gratitude from Necta, Natia, Annette and Zuzana to Martin and Christoph for a trully engaging time analysing, discussing and sharing our thoughts on how to pave the way for WSCF in the coming years.

    Zuzana Babicova

    Chairperson of WSCF-Europe

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  6. Prepcom Meeting in Litomysl

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    From the 21st – 24th of June the preparatory committee (prepcom) met for the next conference in Litomysl, Czech Republic. The conference will be from the 17th – 23rd of October under the theme of  “Region and politics: democracy and moral values in multicultural Europe today”.

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    It will be a joint event with the European Union of Jewish Students (EUJS) and the World Student Christian Federation of Europe (WSCF-E). The prepcom meeting was very successful with two prepcom members from EUJS (Hester and Dennis), two prepcom members from WSCF-E (Annika and Ellie) and the WSCF-E Regional Secretary (Natia). We discussed the programme of the conference as well as discovered the little town of Litomysl.

     

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    We all look very much forward to the conference and in the upcoming month we will work very hard to make it as successful as possible for our participants.

    Annika Foltin

    Events Coordinator / EXCO

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  7. Catch up about the ERC Summer Meeting!

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    The European Regional Committee and Staff of WSCF-E traveled to Stockholm this month.  They as a working committee dealt with: Finances; Events 2015 & 2016; Global connections; Online communication strategy and the upcoming ERA – European Regional Assembly!

    Go to our Flickr to see pictures of the ERC at work and meeting SCM Sweden (Kriss/ Kristna Studentrörelsen i Sverige) or  Check out our WSCF-E links coordinators Facebook page for a look back at real time updates from the event.

    Official Minutes to follow soon!

    Kathryn Cammish

    Publications and Office Intern

     

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  8. Getting back to our SCM Paris & the Europe regional committee internal meeting

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    In summer 2014 we chose Paris as the  place for our next operational meeting. We choose Paris because it was a very long time since we had been there for any event nor meeting. Last time WSCF Europe was in Paris was in 2007 when we organised a conference . It took us some time to reconnect in fact 8 years! We were contacting various people on Facebook along with our official contacts for some time and eventually we got to speak to SCM Paris. They very generously helped us with our stay in a wonderful student dormitory facility. Patrizia, the dormitory manager, was particularly helpful and responsive to our needs for which we are very grateful. So our stay was secured and we the ERC, went to Paris on 14 Jan 2015.

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    Between summer 2014 and winter 2015, a lot of things happened and changed in WSCF-E Life which we were brought  to the meeting  as well as planning the next 1,5 years.  One thing we were all looking forward to was meeting for the first time our new regional secretary, Natia Tsintsadze she started working for us  in October 2014. You can read more about Natia here

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    At the meeting we discussed many important areas of our work one of these was – getting funds for our events, which is increasingly more and more difficult, a very relatable subject to all who read this I suspect.  But we are not down and actually this situation makes us all the more creative. Along with fundraising and events, we were preparing for General Assembly as well as with many areas of our work that we want to improve as there is a lot of ideas among us but at times urgent matters hold us from implementing them. One step toward our improvement needs is by working more with all WSCF friends who can help us with their time and talents. Hence in spring 2015 we will be releasing many calls for interns to join our team from whichever country you live. So look at our website! It is a great opportunity to gain skills and help WSCF-Europe to flourish. We have already two such interns.

    A lot of our time and energy was also taken by a rather dramatic situation at the global financial level of the Federation. As we are dependant on the IRO given the fact that our Regional salary is paid by them , we started to tackle this issue and think through how to stabilise our regional work and  as well as the Federation. This became a priority and this was also a reason why we cancelled our gender event for which not enough money was fundraised

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    SCM Paris hosted our meeting and it was truly wonderful. We were impressed by the activities they do and diversity which is present among there people that goes even beyond Christianity yet maintains its traditional protestant core present in its name” Association des Etudiants Protestants de Paris”. “Charlie Hebdo events” testify this initiative as we saw in SCM Paris in mid Jan 2015.

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    On one evening, we met with many students from the movement and SCM manager, Patrizia. We re-introduced ourselves and invited SCM Paris to be again part of our events for students. We had a really good exchange on what has happened in both organizations since 2008. We all hope that we meet some students at our next event in October 2015. :) Hope to see you there SCM Paris! Thanks again to Patrizia Glaizal, Salma Charaf and Elena   Andreescu who helped us a lot and warmly welcomed us in Paris.


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  9. WSCF Europe Staff & Officers’ Meeting 2015

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    Last month representatives from Student Christian Movements across Europe met together in Madrid for WSCF Europe’s annual Staff and Officers’ Meeting (S&O). The theme of the meeting was communication – looking at how we better communicate within our movements and with the students and young people we serve.

     

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    A personal highlight of the S&O was the intercultural evening on Thursday. Since WSCF Europe (and the global federation) is made up of so many distinctive cultures and communities, every meeting together is a chance to share different cultural experiences, from food and drink to music and sewing (thank you to Andrew from Belarus for a fascinating demonstration!). You can view photos from the evening, and the rest of the meeting, on SCM Britain’s Flickr page.

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    In the world of SCM, we talk a lot about diversity and how we learn from each other. In the British movement, we value the experiences of students from different Christian traditions. When it comes to faith, the old distinctions of class, race, denomination and gender are turning into the issues that unite us; the more we see people from different backgrounds coming together, the more powerful our sense of unity.

     

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    Talking to some of the other participants at the S&O, I realised that all of our movements are different. We have different traditions and ideas, and we live in societies that are changing in different ways. Living in Britain, I have no real concept of what life in Italy or Austria is like for a student. What are the issues that people care about? As a movement that spans the whole continent, how do we learn from what movements in Poland, Germany or Finland are doing?

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    As Christians, we are called to speak prophetically into the culture around us. We do this both with our words and by our actions. But culture is changing all the time. In Italy for example, a boom in immigration has led to an increasingly multicultural generation of Italians, bringing with them different spiritual experiences and Christian traditions. The Evangelical Youth Federation in Italy, which is a member of WSCF Europe, is responding by organising yearly events called ‘Youth Happenings’ – the first of which brought together over 300 people from different social and cultural backgrounds in 2014.

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    This is just one example of a student movement that is building community based on values that reflect a Christian faith I want to be part of. But there are certainly challenges ahead. At times we may feel disappointed at low turnout figures for events, or feel dissatisfied that membership is not growing fast enough. It’s important at meetings like the S&O not to hide away from our frustrations. But the experience of Christianity also teaches us that hope is not a timid response. Hope is strong and resilient. If we can make a difference in the lives of hundreds of students, we can see change occurring in the lives of thousands, if not millions.

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    I am so encouraged to be part of a movement that values hospitality and community; a movement that is listening to what people have to say and is responding positively to changes in our world. When I think of our movements in Europe, that is what I see.

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  10. My Word on WSCF Events

    It took quite a long while to put my thoughts onto paper and answer the question of why I continued to attend WSCF events over and over. This happened not because of lack of ideas I had in my mind but on the contrary, there were too many positive emotions, faces, thoughts and feelings whenever I thought about the federation.  My first experience with WSCF-E was in Berlin, 2010. That was the point when my journey with WSCF made a start. As I represented Young Christians for Peace and Democracy and as I served as an international contact person at the same organization, first of all I started to work hard on and ensure the idea of making our relations with WSCF-E more solid. After negotiations, many formal and informal talks, we finally organized with YCDP to become an associated member of WSCF-E, in 2011 at the European Regional Assembly in Logumkloster, Denmark.

    Since then, I have been lucky to attend a number of WSCF-E events and even serve as a member of the Preparatory Committee of a WSCF-E conference on the topic of Xenophobia and Migration in Europe held in Velletri, Italy in 2012. Here I could write more and more about my amazing personal experiences with the federation, including my engagement at WSCF global level and mystanding as a proxy for a member of the WSCF Global Advocacy and Solidarity Committee, but now I would like to focus on the aspect that makes me keep attending the events and becoming a WSCF-er as such. I am always inspired to be a part of such activities and use each opportunity, to spend timewith the WSCF community. Why?

    I will try to share the several reasons why WSCF is so precious for me. Firstly, it provides aunique chance to meet with young people from Orthodox, Protestant and Catholic backgrounds (and not only) and to share our faith and work towards social justice and peace in our communities. Throughout these years, I have met people from various cultural, national, religious, political and personal backgrounds and I really learned a lot from them. For me it is a great magic when people with all theirdifferencesmeet at WSCF events and in a second becomeso open to each other, even putting themselves at risk to be defenseless. This community always teaches how to trust one another;how to trust strangers and people regardless of our religious differences. During such meetings, we have to discuss sensitive and difficult topics, but we always find a way to be open-minded, tolerant and respectful to others. I always like to challenge my visions and in this way the WSCF gatherings have enriched my life so much.

    What I really admire about WSCF work is that it desires to empower and educate young progressive Christians with the skills to become ecumenical leaders of their communities and to fight for justice and peace. And, I find it very wise because young students who are engaged inthe WSCF activities are future politicians, religious leaders, public figures, diplomats, teachers, stakeholders of the world.

    Besides all mentioned above and besides travelling, exploring different cities, tasting and enjoying local cuisines, getting know a bit of history and culture and expendingones worldview, the best thing I love about WSCF, is the PEOPLE! Yes, the WSCF Community consists of some of the most amazing people I have met in my life. Even though, some people I have met just once we keep in touch and feel very close to each other.  I always wonder, feel excited and happy about how many young people the federation can gather that are so committed to the WSCF’s work. It’s a pure commitment to what you really believe in without expecting anything. When I am recalling now people I have met through the years, I remember many happy and sad, joyful and melancholic faces with their successful or heartbreaking stories, but behind all of them I see a great power and ability to bring a positive change in this world.  The faces of WSCF people are stucked in my mind and I am sure it will never disappear from there.

    Through WSCF I made friends not just in the European region, but now I have friends in Jordan, Mexico, Malaysia, Zimbabwe, Philippines, Lebanon, Columbia, Syria, Uruguay, etc. in all continents. WSCF is a big family with members spread all over the world with such a strong connection. I always feel myself as a part of one great community.  I feel that “We are many; we are one”.

    As I said in the beginning, there are too many things in my head I would like to say about the World Student Christian Federation’s work and events.Even if I were asked to describe it in two sentences, I would never end my words without emphasizing one thing that is totally incredible that happens at WSCF meetings. Yes! Magic happens for me when we pray together. In Everyday life I do not regularlyattend church services as I wish, but ecumenical prayer is so much more powerful and magical for me. During such prayers and worship, I feel God with us and in us than never, when we sing Taize songs together we leave all our differences behind and unite in Christ. Very often in such moments tears come down from my eyes. And, these are the tears of happiness, happiness of unity!

    Yulia Bajelidze

    Coordinator of SCM Georgia

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