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The World Student Christian Federation
WSCF / FUMEC / FUACE

The WSCF is a global fellowship of Student Christian Movements putting their faith into action to contribute to the renewal of the ecumenical movement and to promote justice and peace in the world.

WSCF is called to be a prophetic witness in church and the transformation of the world where God’s love for creation, justice and peace is shared by all across boundaries of race, class, ethnicity, culture, gender and sexuality.

This vision is nurtured by a radical hope of God’s reign in history and liberating faith in Jesus Christ.

That they all may be one

The World Student Christian Federation (WSCF) is a global federation of student Christian groups. WSCF is ecumenical – welcoming people from all Christian traditions and encouraging dialogue between students of different traditions. WSCF has members from Protestant, Orthodox, Pentecostal, Roman Catholic and Anglican traditions and from other faiths.

As a federation of student movements, the WSCF empowers and connects responsible young leaders around the world in their path to changing tomorrow. We encourage a culture of democracy to mobilize youth to become pro-active in society, promoting positive change through dialogue and action between different traditions and cultures.

The WSCF is the oldest international student organization, founded in 1895 by North American evangelist and global ecumenist John R. Mott. Mott's ecumenical vision and missionary zeal also contributed to the beginnings of the World Council of Churches (WCC). From the outset WSCF has been crucial in the formation of leaders for the ecumenical movement. The WCC owes much of its founding leadership to former members of the WSCF.

The local and national groups that make up the Federation are largely known as Student Christian Movements (SCMs). In some cases the youth or student movement of a national church or other ecumenical organisation is a member of the WSCF. While university, polytechnic and other tertiary students make up the bulk of SCM membership, high school students are also involved in some movements. Students who join an SCM are encouraged to study their Christian faith and their world with the same depth and passion they bring to their studies. SCMs are renowned for their openness to searchers as well as believers and for a strong commitment to social justice.

Today, WSCF connects two million members in over 90 countries, having over one hundred affiliated national movements which span the six WSCF regions: Africa, Asia-Pacific, Europe, Latin America and Caribbean, Middle East and North America.

The WSCF was established in 1895 at Vadstena Castle, Sweden, by students and student leaders from ten North American and European countries. Key founders included John R. Mott (USA) and Karl Fries (Sweden).

1922 WSCF General Assembly in Beijing, China1922 WSCF General Assembly in Beijing, China

John R MottJohn R Mott, WSCF co-founderThere is a close historical connection between the WSCF and the Young Men’s and Young Women’s Christian Associations. Mott, for example, was leader of the YMCA, and with the help of YMCA colleagues he developed the vision and strategies for forming an international federation of autonomous and self-directing ecumenical student movements. Much of the subsequent work of establishing and linking SCMs was done with the assistance of YMCAs and YMCAs.

WSCF organizational structure

FROM GRASSROOTS MOVEMENTS TO A GLOBAL PLATFORM

Local

The life of WSCF is based on local ecumenical groups of students called SCMs – Student Christian Movements – in universities and colleges who work, study and pray together. Presently there are 117 affiliated student groups in 94 countries, reaching out to over 2 million members worldwide.

Some local movements are denominational that belong to a larger ecumenical association. In some cases an SCM group is an integrated part of the life of a Christian college or Theological college. Local groups operate different models of leadership appropriate to their cultural context. Most of them are led by a combination of people who take responsibility for organising the group’s study and dialogue programme, movement building, finances, outreach and activism.

WSCF Regions

CONNECTING TWO MILLION MEMBERS IN OVER 90 COUNTRIES.

WSCF regions brings its various national movements together to work on common projects and programmes on a regular basis. Each region is supported by salaried staff and a Regional Committee oversees its operations.

WSCF has six regions; Africa, Asia-Pacific, Europe, Latin America and Caribbean, Middle East and North America. WSCF regional programme and administrative staff operate from their regional offices in Nairobi, Hong Kong, Italy, Buenos Aires, Beirut and New York.

WSCF Africa   WSCF Asia‑Pacific   WSCF Europe   WSCF Latin America and Caribbean   WSCF MiddleEast   WSCF North America
Africa
 
Asia-Pacific
 
Europe
 
LAC
 
Middle East
 
North America

SCM or Student Christian Movement is the most commonly used name for the WSCF-affiliated ecumenical student groups who meet in schools, universities and other tertiary institutions to study, work and pray together.

Local SCMs

Most local SCMs are ecumenical student organisations that hold regular meetings within a particular university, college or school. Some local movements are denominational student and youth groups which belong to a larger ecumenical association. In some cases an SCM group is an integrated part of the life of a Christian college or Theological college.

Local groups operate different models of leadership appropriate to their cultural context. Most groups are led by a combination of people who take responsibility for organising the group's study and dialogue programme, worship life, movement building, finances, outreach and activism.

Staff and Officers meeting in Bangladesh, Dec 2017Staff and Officers meeting in Bangladesh, Dec 2017. Front row L-R: Deenabandhu Manchala (SCM India Senior Friend), Sunita Suna, Necta Montes, Faith Bacon (meeting facilitator), Bronwyn Claire. Middle row L-R: Natia Tsintsadze, Georgine Kengne Djeutane, Luciano Kovacs. Back row L-R: Immanuel Kitnan, Elsy Wakil, Jean-Luc De la Soujeole, Marcelo Leites.

2015 to 2019
EXCO MEMBERS


GLOBAL OFFICERS

CHAIRPERSON :
Ms. Georgine Kengne Djeutane
 
  Cameroon   Evangelical Reformed
 
CO-VICE CHAIRPERSON
:
Ms. Salma Charaf
  France   Christian Orthodox
 
Mr. Immanuel Gopala Kitnan
 
  Sri Lanka   Anglican
HONORARY TREASURER :
Dr. Bronwyn Claire
from March
 
  Australia   Anglican

GLOBAL EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE (ExCo)

AFRICA :
Mrs. Lydia Nabunya
  Uganda   Anglican
Mr. Paul Martin Nguimgo
 
  Cameroon   Evangelical Reformed
 
ASIA PACIFIC :
Ms. Hui Fan Lam Chung
  Hong Kong    
Mr. John Graveston
 
  New Zealand / Aotearoa  
EUROPE :
Ms. Annika Foltin
  Germany    
Mr. Ellis Tsang
 
  UK    
LATIN AMERICA & CARIBBEAN :
Dianet de la Caridad Martinez Valdés
  Cuba   Presbyterian
Oscar Eduardo Reicher Salazar
 
  Chile    
MIDDLE EAST :
Ms. Mariane Azer
  Egypt   Coptic Orthodox
Dr. Dany Elobeid
 
  Lebanon   Orthodox
NORTH AMERICA :
Ms. Bran Friesen
  Canada    
Mr. Louise Tillman
 
  USA    
PARTNER REPRESENTATIVE :
Dr. Salters Sterling,
WSCF Centennial Fund
 

EXECUTIVE STAFF


GLOBAL STAFF

GENERAL SECRETARY
 
:
Ms. Necta Montes
 
  Philippines   United Church
FINANCE OFFICER : Mr. Jean-Luc De La Soujeole
 
  France   Catholic

The Centennial Fund is the WSCF’s endowment fund, established in 1995, to ensure the continuation of the Federation’s work of nurturing ecumenical leaders committed to working for justice and peace for generations to come. The Fund is working to strengthen its fundraising efforts so that it may remain in a position to support the WSCF for years to come.

The Centennial Fund Board meeting in Ireland, May 2017The Centennial Fund Board meeting in Ireland, May 2017

The Fund is managed by a Board of Trustees, drawn from Senior Friends (former members and friends of the WSCF). The Board releases the income from the fund to support WSCF programmes, publications and leadership formation.


BOARD OF TRUSTEES (2018)

PRESIDENT :
Dr. Salters Sterling
 
  Ireland
VICE-PRESIDENT :
Mr. Jannes Hutagalung
 
  Indonesia
TREASURER :
Rev. Dr. Bruce Rigdon
 
  USA
MEMBERS
Mr. Mathieu Durrleman
 
  Genève
   
Rev. Sheryl Johnson
 
  Canada
   
Ambassador IIari Rantakari
 
  Finland
   
Shali D.O. Kapepo
 
  Namibia
   
Dr. Bronwyn Claire
WSCF Treasurer
 
  Australia
Ms. Necta Montes
WSCF General Secretary
 
  Philippines

INVESTMENT ADVISORY GROUP

Mr. Mathieu Durrleman
 
  Genève
   
Mr. Gunther Schwerdtel
 
  Genève
Mr. Jean Luc De la Soujeoule
WSCF Finance Officer
  Genève

“ONCE an SCMer, ALWAYS an SCMer!”

The Senior Friends, or alumni, of the SCM and the WSCF are one of the unique components of SCM and the WSCF life. The SCM and the WSCF bring friendships, inspiration, and formation that, many Senior Friends report, give direction to their life’s course.

SCM Senior Friends with Centennial Fund membersSCM Senior Friends with Centennial Fund members

The Senior Friends serve the SCMs and the WSCF by joining as resource people for events, lending expertise and accompanying SCM and WSCF life, and contributing funding for the continuation of the work nationally, regionally, and internationally.

Associations

WSCF is a non-governmental organization in special consultative status with the Economic and Social Council at the United Nations (ECOSOC) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO); advisory status to the World Council of Churches (WCC) Central Committee; and member of the Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance and Act Alliance.

Ecumenism is by definition about collaboration. The WSCF believes that one of the keys to the future of the ecumenical movement is increased and deepened collaboration between partner organisations and networks – whether international, nongovernmental, or ecumenical.

Partnership is key to the success of the WSCF’s mission to empower and equip students and youth worldwide for faith and action; to making a tangible impact on the many issues we hold in common with various partners; and to finding creative new ways of living the ecumenical movement’s vision today.

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