The World Student Christian Federation (WSCF) joins once again the 16 days of activism against Gender-Based Violence campaign that starts on Friday, November 25 with the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and goes until International Human Rights Day on December 10. This campaign was launched by the Center for Women’s Global Leadership (CWGL) at its first Women’s Global Leadership Institute in 1991. In 2008, the United Nations Secretary-General launched the UNiTE by 2030 to End Violence against Women campaign in support of this civil society initiative which runs parallel to the 16 Days of Activism.
KARLSRUHE, GERMANY – The World Student Christian Federation (WSCF) participated in the 11th General Assembly of the World Council of Churches (WCC) held from 31 August to 8 September 2022 in Karlsruhe, Germany. The Assembly is the highest governing body of the WCC where all member churches gather in one place for prayer and celebration, this time under the theme “Christ's love moves the world to reconciliation and unity”.
Dear Moderator Dr Agnes Aboum,
Acting General Secretary Rev. Prof. Dr Ioan Sauca,
Elected General Secretary Rev. Prof Dr Jerry Pillay,
Members of the 11th General Assembly
On behalf of the World Student Christian Federation (WSCF), I would like to extend our greetings and congratulations to the World Council of Churches as you gather for the 11th General Assembly. We are very honoured to be with you as you continue to discern and reaffirm that Christ's love moves the world to reconciliation and unity.
Since its inception in 1895, the World Student Christian Federation (WSCF), the world’s oldest ecumenical youth and student movement, has formed and nurtured generations of young critically-minded ecumenical leaders in faithful service and witness to the mission of Jesus Christ in different parts of the world, encouraging young people from Protestant, Orthodox, Pentecostal, Roman Catholic and Anglican traditions to dialogue and cooperate for justice. As a forerunner of the World Council of Churches, the WSCF from the outset has been crucial in forming leaders for the churches.
The World Student Christian Federation held a successful General Assembly in Berlin, Germany, from June 23-30.
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From 23-30 June, the World Student Christian Federation (WSCF) held a successful General Assembly in Berlin, Germany. Due to the pandemic, the assembly was the ﬁrst in-person meeting since Bogota General Assembly in Colombia in 2015.
“The 37th General Assembly of the WSCF now already lies behind us, even though we started planning for it five years ago. After having to postpone it twice, now the two weeks seemed to just fly by,” said Annette Klinke, referentin für Internationale Beziehungen und Okumene, Deutschland (consultant for International Relations and Ecumenism, Germany).
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The World Student Christian Federation (WSCF) held a highly successful General Assembly in Berlin, Germany, over eight days from 23 to 30 June 2022. The Assembly discussed our shared vision and values, celebrating the central place of Christian faith in young people’s journey together toward justice and peace.
Due to the pandemic our Berlin meeting was the first in-person Assembly for seven years since Bogota Colombia in 2015. The Berlin Assembly enabled leaders of national Student Christian Movements (SCMs) to hear directly from the new leadership team, from each other, and from expert resource people, and to agree key priorities for the Federation.
The Assembly theme Rejoice In Hope (Romans 12:12) was chosen to express the unique and necessary prophetic role of the Federation in proclaiming a positive message of the loving presence of God among us, often in difficult times. Our resilience in witnessing to the message of Jesus Christ in varied and challenging circumstances shows how a new generation of young people are standing up to lead SCMs around the world.
“There is a dire need to continually engage church leaders and society at large on how domestic violence can be reduced and brought under control. “Thursdays in Black” should continue to address and remind us of these problems, especially in the developing countries where gender-based violence prevails more”, said Mrs. Ebere Ubesie, National President, Student Christian Movement of Nigeria (SCM).
During a 26 June service, participants from all over the world celebrated the 127th anniversary of the World Student Christian Federation in an 18th-century baroque church, Sophienkirche in Berlin, Germany.
“This timeline does a fabulous job narrating the prodigious, century-long odyssey that continues today, and emphasises the strength of a visual identity that, despite the consistent and considerable change, has been persistently recognisable over the span of more than 127 years of World Student Christian Federation,” shared Monika Biswas, general secretary of Student Christian Movement Bangladesh.
In 1895, student leaders from ten North American and European countries met at Vadstena Castle in Sweden to form the World Student Christian Federation (WSCF). Among its founders were John R. Mott (US), Karl Fries (Sweden), Martin Eckhoff (Norway), Luther D. Wishard (US), Johannes Siemsen (Germany), and J. Rutter Williamson (UK). The WSCF was the first international student organization and together with YMCA and YWCA, it is one of the oldest youth movements still in existence.
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The 37th World Student Christian Federation (WSCF) General Assembly officially kicked off in Berlin with the theme, “Rejoice in Hope” (Romans 12:12), and a sub-theme of “Young People, Journeying Together Toward Justice and Peace.” Over 100 movements from 94 countries will attend this year’s assembly along with senior friends, partners, and guests from 24-30 June.