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WSCF Global Programmes

INTERFAITH DIALOGUE


OBJECTIVES:   To engage the Federation to create and provide and interfaith platform for youth and students.

WSCF dialogues and engages with young people from other faiths working together on environmental issues, migration and refugees issues.

WSCF believes that the core values of all religious faith is founded on love, peace, justice and harmony. Our interfaith and inter-religious programmes bring young people together to share, listen and learn from one another to break the walls of indifference, apathy and intolerance.

HIGHER EDUCATION


OBJECTIVES:   To work in solidarity with SCMs and student movements to advocate for the Rights to Education for All.

Give more young people a chance of education – WSCF’s campaign to provide more young people with equal access to higher education that is affordable and fair.

Across the world, people are being denied access to higher education because of rising costs and systemic discrimination. We believe this is wrong – education should be available to all and not a commodity only the privileged can afford.

WSCF’s higher education projects ensure that student movements have the resources and knowledge to pressurize authorities to change their policies. We support students and youth to debate and advocate for these issues openly, and support global efforts to protect education from increasing commercialisation.

ECOLOGICAL JUSTICE


OBJECTIVES:   To promote climate justice by advocacy process at international governance bodies together with ecumenical churches, multiple stake holders and networks upholding the youth an student voice.

WSCF train and empower more students and leaders to fight climate change, campaign for the rights of indigenous people, and create lasting change for the earth.

As Christians, we believe that we are stewards of God’s creation, called to care for the environment and the world. But across the globe, we are seeing the devastating effects of climate change, which is not only harming the planet but leaving people displaced, vulnerable and poor.

WSCF is committed to fighting this injustice, supporting our local movements and students to campaign for the rights of marginalized peoples and working globally to secure a better future for our shared planet. You can help these students today by donating to WSCF’s Eco-Justice programs.

IDENTITY, DIVERSITY AND DIALOGUE


OBJECTIVES:   To initiate the process of dialogue, create ad space and develop theological understanding for SCMs on Human Sexuality.

WSCF works for dialogue, understanding and unity within the church, affirming the dignity and voices of all people.

‘We are many, we are one’ – these are the words that represent the vast diversity of members within WSCF, and the single unity we have in Christ. As a diverse global federation, we work across boundaries of race, sexuality, gender, class or culture to protect the dignity of all people through dialogue and prayer, especially those who suffer discrimination from those in positions of power.

WSCF’s IDD Program ensures more churches, student movements and communities can come together to resolve conflict and welcome the other into an encounter of God’s love.

PEACEBUILDING, DIALOGUE AND INTERFAITH


OBJECTIVES:   To mobilize the Federation on issues pertaining to overcoming violence and peace-making with a focus to the situations in the Middle East and Colombia.

WSCF support new peace-building programmes in the Middle East, training more students and young people to lead initiatives that tackle the root causes of war and conflict.

In the midst of war and violence in the Middle East, it is the people who suffer the most. Civilians are caught up in fighting, being displaced from their homes and forced to flee – often risking terrible danger to find safety in a foreign land.

WSCF is committed to supporting our movements in the Middle East to continue being a witness for peace in the region. Our peacebuilding and dialogue programme brings young people together, often from different faiths, to share and learn about the root causes of conflict and find new ways to build peace. Donate today to give more students a chance to take part in this initiative.


WSCFMourning the Loss & Decrying the Massacre
Praying for Healing & Seeking Justice

The World Student Christian Federation mourns the massive loss of life and the wounding and traumatizing of so many people due to the atrocious mass shooting in a gay club in Orlando, Florida in the United States in the early hours of Sunday morning, June 12, 2016.

We collectively express our solidarity with families and friends who have lost their beloved ones in what is described as the biggest mass shooting in the recent history of the United States of America. As a student movement and federation, we grieve the death of so many young men and women, and the loss of so much youthful energy and future potential.

In this tragic time, the WSCF extends deep solidarity with LGBTQ communities around the world who are often victims of bigotry, harassment, discrimination, violence and murder for their sexual orientation and gender diversity. We take note that the majority of the victims are Latinos and Latinas, a group that has often come under attack in a vile electoral rhetoric by a political class that often manipulates issues for political gains. The rampage that occurred in Orlando is another example of how many people are imbibed with a culture of violence that reigns undisturbed in the world, often motivated by hatred towards minority communities.

We acknowledge that we are part of a global ecumenical community that is still divided on the issues of human sexuality and therefore lament the complicity of the global church in contributing to the suffering of sexual and gender minorities across the globe. This complicity does not help in eliminating the use of religion and religious rhetoric in justifying acts of terror and violence.

We pray today for God’s consolation of the bereaved families and of traumatized communities in Orlando and across the world. We urge our student movements, communities and churches to stand in solidarity with LGBTQ people across the globe who today feel confused, terrorized and enraged by another act of hatred toward people who want to be who they are and love who they do in the open and without fear.

The WSCF is a Federation of Student Movements whose members’ age is in the same bracket as those who were murdered in the attack. Many of our students, staff and Senior Friends across the regions identify as LGBTQ and we accompany them as they feel the grief they feel today. This violent act, as all the conflicts being waged in the world, reminds us that the production, sale and ease in purchasing small but deadly arms and assault-style weapons point to the root causes of this heinous attack together with the perceived reasons that motivated the person who committed this mass homicide.

Although we do not shy away from naming the personal responsibility of those who carry out these despicable acts, we charge a societal system that condones violence against peoples who are made vulnerable by their marginalization and minoritization. We must thereby dismantle the veil of discrimination and fear that still envelops LGBTQ people in our societies and encourage our communities and governments to act today to protect those who are targeted by ignorance, violence and hatred.

As Christians, we must appeal to the Gospel of love and justice to resist the deadly onslaught on LGBQT people, often done in the name of God. As a community of students and young people committed to interfaith engagement and justice, we stand in solidarity with our Muslim brothers and sisters who will likely be attacked and deviled because of the religious background of the perpetrator. For the massacre in Orlando, we must make sure that the bigotry of the perpetrator is equally emphasized as the terrorism ascribed to his act.

We affirm the sanctity of safe spaces for LGBTQ people for whom often dancing, as is the case of WSCF events, is a liberating act from hurt and injustice. We call on the God of love to bring healing to those who cry today and to make us agents of transformation for a world in need of justice and peace.

On behalf of the WSCF Advocacy and Solidarity Committee (ASC) members

NECTA MONTES
General Secretary
World Student Christian Federation (WSCF)
LUCIANO KOVACS
Executive Secretary for North America
and Program Director for Advocacy and Solidarity
SUNITA SUNA
Executive for Asia Pacific
and Program Director for Identity, Diversity and Dialogue
14 June 2016
pdfWSCF Statement on the Orlando incident, 2016 June 14

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