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  1. From Chile to Czech Republic: Religion & Politics Conference experience sharing

    Luis Aranguiz is a member of SCM Chile. He is a member of the Protestant church. Luis has a degree in Hispanic Literature and Linguistics. Nearing his 25th birthday, Luis enjoys little pleasures of life, like drinking tea, reading poetry, and riding bike.
    Luis’ testimonial follows the Religion and Politics conference in Czech Republic in October 2015.

    To be part of the event “Religion & Politics”, organized by WSCF and EUJS has been one of the best experiences of my life. I came from Chile as a member of SCM in Santiago and had many questions about this topic. So, to be involved in this event was a great opportunity to learn, discuss about political issues and to improve my understanding on the topic. Besides, it is very important to note that the event also gave me the opportunity to meet with a lot of people that has if not the same, at least similar questions. That was so strengthening to me to continue in this path.

    On the other hand, the European Assembly of WSCF was an important space to me as member of Chilean SCM, especially because it gave me the opportunity to feel part of a bigger community of believers that I didn’t know personally, but also and most important, to feel part of a group of friends. Also it was important to realize in situ that there is a lot of people in different places of the world working hardly and seeking the same thing, the Kingdom of God. That brings hope.

    Two personal experiences that I won’t forget are, by one side the possibility to have a real space of ecumenism. In Chile it occurs on other levels, but to have the opportunity to share with young people of different Christian confessions was a very nurturing experience. Another one that is related with this, is the possibility to learn about different cultures, to share different points of view about our diverse Christian spirituality. So even though Christianity is divided in many aspects, this kind of spaces are special because there we can see that we can still be one in Christ.

    This both events also mean a challenge. And perhaps this is the most important thing to me. It was like a training. So, the challenge is to translate everything I’ve learnt to contribute in my context. There are young Christian people interested on this kind of conversations, so what I have taken from this amazing experience is also useful for another people here. Even though Chilean reality is very different to European, it is also possible to work in building bridges between young people of different Christian confessions and to share about our national reality and think on how we has Christians can contribute to do it a better place.

    I only can say thanks to everyone who made these events possible.

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  2. Cold temperature vs. warm hearts

    novaNova Yulanda Putri Sipahutar, 26 years old, is a member of national ExCo of SCM Indonesia and a member of Standing Committee in WSCF Asia Pacific Region. She is a postgraduate student in Public Administration. She loves watching movies, reading novels, and travelling.

    Nova’s testimonial follows the Religion and Politics conference in Czech Republic in October 2016.

     

    Religions are a sensitive issue in Asia, particularly in Indonesia. We faced many cases of destroying the places of worship and attacking the people of other religions. Some provinces in Indonesia implement shariah law in their areas, meaning that all women have to use hijab and cover up their bodies. On contrary, at the conference that we have talked about freedom of expression. There is a law in France that prohibits women to cover up their body and face. For us (in the discussion) it was a question of freedom of expression and the democracy. As I know that the symbol of religions in public spehere is prohibited in France because of the manifestation of equality. Even though it is debatable for many countries.

    It was interesting point that said atheist is equal with religions. Atheist has something that they believe in, theirselves or sciences, and religions belive in God. And it is the basic human rights that human being has the freedom to hold particular religion or to be an atheist. Indonesia need to learn how to respect other beliefs, because many people hold traditional religions. Traditional religions in Indonesia believe in God, but do not belong to Muslim, Christian, Buddhist, Hinduist, or Kong Hu Chu traditions. They are very close to the culture, ethnic tradition, to Earth even. It is very difficult to create the same position between the majority and the  minority religions. But we are trying to implement deliberative democracy that supported by moderate group and people who cares about diversity and harmony. We have built a constructive dialogue between religions, and it is working, even though we need to spread this constructive dialogue wider.

    I have learned some new things during the conference, such as euthanasia and animal slaughter, and have deepened my knowledge about refugee situation in Europe. We need Compassion and love to help the marginilized and  discriminated. There are many reasons to reject the refugees flooding Europe: economic reasons, “job stealing” reasons, public services accessibility reasons, and even just worrying about the future of Europe if migrants will be given access to European countries. European people will be a minority in terms of numbers – it is the concern of some groups who respond negatively to the refugee crisis. But the refugees are humans like us. They need our help and the migrant people are well educated people and nice people. There is no reason to reject them. I learned how to respect other people though they come from different places, different religions, race. Another thing that I have never talked about before was animal slaughter. It is one of reasons for one to become vegetarian. In my past, I have heard only health reasons behind people’s choice to become vegetarians, or even vegans.  But now I see also the aspect of respecting the rights of other creatures. I would like to share this with my SCM and the Asia Pacific region, so that we could also choose way of respecting other creatures.

    I got a new experience of how Regional Assemblies work in WSCF Europe – how the decisions are made. In democratic ways, the voted majority is always the winner. But it’s always good to listen and to reflect the minority opinion. For me personally, asking the minority’s reason of why they choose different things is way to respect them and build a dynamic and well-argumented discussion. I met SCMs from Europe region, and saw how many people accept same-sex marriage. It is great and very progressive, and we (Indonesian SCM and the AP region) are still fighting for this. And I am glad that we have voted in favour of association of SCM Armenia, and that both associated movements –  SCMs Armenia and Bulgaria – have a right to vote now; so the WSCF family is bigger now, and we can spread the values of ecumenism even wider. Age is not the limitation to serve in SCM though working as volunteer. Of course it is very good and I hope SCMs in Europe will get bigger in terms of numbers, and will create a positive and visible influence in their countries.

    The last thing that I woud like to share is about my body experience. I thought I could not survive for 10 days in Europe. It was the coldest temperature my body has ever felt. I did not bring enough jackets and sweaters with me. I got a very bad cough, flu, red burning eyes and headache. I had to adapt to the Czech timezone, which meant that my activity time and sleeping time have totally exchanged places. Asia and Europe have a very different culture of eating, I needed several days to learn to eat European foods. Yes, it was my first time in Europe. But besides my strugles, I was so lucky! I met very nice people. They took such good care of of me – they asked about my condition, suggested me whem I should take rest, borrowed a scarf, gave me the medicines I needed. I am sure for my next visitat to Europe I be much better prepared.

    Yes, I have learned so many things, and it was a great opportunity for me. I would like to say a huge Thank You to WSCF-Europe, which gave me this oppurtunity. Thank you also to the WSCF Asia Pacific and SCM Indonesia, which have supported my trip to Europe. It will be great if the members of WSCF-Europe come to our region as well, and we can learn together about Indonesia and about Asia.

    I am proud to be a part of this ecumenical movement. Let’s make this world as home for all of people.

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  3. Committed to Peace: Global Forum on Youth, Peace & Security

    Today the world is home to the largest generation of young people. There have been never so many young people at any other time in human history than today. The fastest grow in youth population is predominantly in the poorest nations. More than 1.5 billion people live in conflict-effected zones or countries were violent extremism is very high.[1] As the largest generation, youth are vulnerable part of societies and mostly they do not play any particular role in creating conflict situations. In contrary, they are affected by the consequences. While they have a big potential to make a positive change in the world, generally, they are not capable to protect even themselves from violence as the lack of mechanisms. Moreover, tendency to create a young people’s image as a threat to global security has significantly increased in last several years.

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    To discuss the topics of peace and security, seek solutions, exchange experiences and adopt Amman Youth Declaration, the Global Forum on Youth, Peace and Security has been held in Amman, Jordan in August, 2015[2]. It was a great honor for me to be invited at the forum and be selected among 150 fully funded participants from nearly 11 000 applications. It was my pleasure to represent Young Christians for Peace and Democracy (SCM Georgia) and World Student Christian Federation-Europe at such a historical event.

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    For the first global gathering of its kind, over 400 participants from all regions of the world, includingsenior representatives from Member States; young people from youth organizations and youth groups; UN entities; INGOs; foundations and donor agencies; academics; media came together to agree on a common vision to partner with young people in preventing conflict, countering violent extremism and building lasting peace.

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    Frankly, considering the endless global summits discussion how to bring peace in the world with high officials who mostly lack commitments or practice on the ground, I did not put high expectations before the forum. However, this time it was something different. Unlike to other forums I have attended, it created a space for profound inter-generational dialogue. It was so valuable for me because it gave the possibility to increase dialogue between generations to better understand and respect each other’s opinions to overcome violence, conflicts and uphold lasting peace on all levels.

    In this format, we discussed a wide range of issues related to peace and security, including religious/ inter-religious related speech and counter speech; the role of young people in countering violent extremism; young women shaping peace; the role of state and the international community; etc. We heard inspiring stories from young activists about their journeys from exclusion to positive change-makers, from marginalized to drivers to development. At the final stage, we adopted the Amman Youth Declaration drafted after many months of consultations between youth globally. The declaration seeks to increase youth meaningful participation and leadership in peace and security and their active involvement to overcome violent extremism and promote peace. It also focuses on gender equality, prevention of gender-based violence and socio-economic empowerment of youth.[3]

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    The most inspiring part for me was the moment when over four hundred youth activists expressed their commitments to promote peace and follow up the implementation of Amman Youth Declaration on Youth, Peace and Security. Based on my personal experience, I believe that if you are really committed to peace things start changing around you. Thus, I am sure that young people I met at the forum will act as a torch of peace in their local communities to connect their lights globally for peace and bright future.

    I feel so grateful to meet so many fascinating young people doing really incredible work. In each of them, I see drivers of peace and engines of development. After the Forum, I feel unusually calm as I know that today we have a young generation with a heart in the right place. “Experience is education” as one of my colleagues said during the forum, and my experience at the forum is definitely one of this kind.

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    Additionally, as a representative of WSCF-E I had a chance to talk and share our work and activities with people working on the same issues and having similar spheres of interests. We created a group to keep in touch and work together for the better outcomes.

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    Finally, I would like to address WSCF community to spread the Amman Youth Declaration widely and use its resources to support young people’s call on the UN Security Council to recognize that they are essential partners for peace.

    As for me, I declare to be committed to empower youth from marginalized and disadvantage groups to become peace builders. I declare to support youth to have equal access to education. I declare to advocate youth to belong at the table.

    Youth4Peace!

     

    Yulia Bajelidze

    05.09.2015

     

    [1] See, UNFPA State on World Population 2014.

    [2]The Global Forum on Youth, Peace and Security was hosted by the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan under the Patronage of his Royal Highness Crown Prince Al Hussein bin Abdullah II, and co-organized by the United Nations represented, on behalf of the Inter-Agency Network on Youth Development (IANYD), by Office of the UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, Peacebuilding Support Office, UNFPA and UNDP, in partnership with Search for Common Ground and the United Network of Young Peacebuilders.

    [3] Check the full version of the declaration on https://www.unteamworks.org/node/505475

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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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.

    Yours

    Zuzka

    WSCF-E Chairperson

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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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