The SCM Post, Issue 1, November 2015
WELCOME TO THE FIRST OF LIKELY MANY ISSUES OF SCM POST.
In many ways Student Christian Movement has outdone itself. Many of the issues SCM members engaged with in prayers, in theological reflection and actions for change decades ago are now more widely participated in. There are numerous mainstream platforms and frameworks both secular and faith based where students and members of academic and various communities can engage in those issues.
If you take time to go through this newsletter you will find brief stories of what is going on in our relatively small but sincere movement.
This issue patches together a tapestry of stories and pictures that make out our national movement. Of course there is more than this; it is our small gatherings, prayer and Bible study groups, sharing of meal together, little conversations on the mundane as well as on the big questions between SCMers and friends that weave us together into a community, a whole movement that extends beyond our lives and our borders.
In this issue among many things you will find Ros Hewett highlighting on our involvement with Asia-Pacific region of the World Student Christian Federation and Philipa Hill on her experience of attending sub-regional women’s programme in Dunedin, New Zealand as a participant. Henrike Brussaard reports on SCM in Victoria and a contribution from Ray Barraclough on the 50th Anniversary of Australia’s Freedom Ride and SCM’s involvement with it.
Throughout its life time Student Christian Movement has been at the forefront of social justice movement and offered a space for theological reflection posing awkward and uncomfortable questions to the notions of status quo. ‘Bible in one hand and newspaper in another’ has been a key feature of generations of SCMers? Is it the same today?
Is this a legacy SCM can break away from or would like to break away from? How do we value our past but at the same time respond to the challenges of the present and creatively look towards a future?
We so often hear that as SCM we are “so small”. Perhaps for us the important question to ask is not so much whether we are small or big in numbers but ‘are we big on faith?’ ‘Are we big on our vocation in the broader context of the world that we live in? How do we witness to our faith in a world of pain, suffering, brokenness and an unprecedented number of displaced people?
How do we hold in our hearts Gods people particularly minorities who are suffering because of religious, ethnic and cultural identities or sexual orientation? How do we witness to our faith in the face of injustice perpetrated by policies of some of the most powerful countries in the world?
After all a community called to faith by Jesus of Nazareth was perhaps never big in numbers but sincere in its conviction of eschatology, the coming of a new earth and a new heaven.
Enjoy reading news from our little community of faith until next time.
Yours in Christ
Rev. Tiffany Sparks
For SCM Post Editorial team