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19 September 2020
Australian Student Christian Movement
Dear senior friends,
We hope you are well during COVID 19. We extend our sincere thanks to members/senior friends in the last year for their support in helping us run programs around Australia, in East Timor and to send representatives from ASCM to ecumenical events.
Thanks to your support we were able to carry out the following activities:
Canberra SCM: in 2019/2020 we took part in Bible studies with senior friend Robbie Tulip on the Uluru Statement from the Heart and connected with activities on campus via the ANU chaplaincy, to which Robbie has been appointed. In the first six months of this year we have had less activity than usual because of COVID but shifted to Zoom meetings. We held a Christmas meeting, a picnic in February and Zoom catch-up in March, an international Zoom meeting in May on reducing our environmental impact led by Dr Ros Hewett and an international Zoom meeting in June on gender equality, led by two of our Canberra staff workers, Yixin and Rado. These meetings had participants from the US, Africa, Indonesia, Timor Leste and Australia. Our current staff workers are Caity Cameron (undergraduate student, ANU), Silves (Rado) Ximenes (student at Canberra Institute of Technology) and Yixin Gong (undergraduate student at ANU), with thanks to previous staff worker Kate King (undergraduate student at Australian Catholic University).
Victorian SCM is in COVID19 hibernation. We shelved plans for a conference associated with the AGM focused on climate change, but pursued this topic through a monthly Bible study on the flood. We also shelved plans for an interfaith event in conjunction with the Swinburne chaplaincy on the topic, ‘Why stand up for Social Justice?’ We again sponsored the Palm Sunday Rally for refugees, which this year was held via Zoom. Our main event during COVID19 restrictions was the Bible study series of four sessions led by the Rev. Dr. Morag Logan and Professor Peter Rayner on Genesis 6-9 (the story of the flood) and climate catastrophe. A full report of these conversations is available from the ASCM website, https://ascm.org.au/. Detailed notes of each session are also available on request. We appreciated the involvement of Canberra friends in these discussions.
The SCM Queensland Area continues to meet on a regular basis, as it has for many years. University of Queensland – David Hale, a volunteer ecumenical Chaplain, has come on board as our Field Worker. This has strengthened links to and within the life of this key campus, frankly taking our level of engagement to the next level of maturity and deeper connection. Ray is also putting out there the idea of a wider representation for area council.
WA SCM: 5 Senior Friends in WA and three current students continue to meet at the home of Clare and Tyson Menck on the third Tuesday of each month. We have a shared meal (Tyson doing the cooking) and then follow with discussion on topics concerning our faith and practice but stopped during the COVID 19.
We set up an ASCM PayPal account for online donations. You can donate at https://ascm.org.au/donate-appeal
ASCM has supported East Timor SCM for the last two and a half years. They are active again, with the assistance of Senior Friend Helen Hill. Please follow this link to see their activities https://bit.ly/3438X1J
We held our National Executive Meeting via Skype in February 2020 and Online Annual General Meeting via Zoom in July 2020, however our national conference, originally to be held in Melbourne in July, was postponed.
ASCM wants to hear from YOU! At our AGM Zoom meeting in February, we decided to develop an environmental policy. This policy may include our position on global warming and concrete steps we can take as an organisation to reduce our environmental impact. We want to hear from our students and senior friends about what you think the policy should include. Here are some of the questions we're considering: What should our theological position be on the environment? What should our theological position be on global warming and climate change? What should our position in general be on the environment, global warming and climate change? What practical steps can we take to reduce our environmental impact in areas like travel, food, technology, lobbying and information sharing? If we offset, what principles should guide our decisions about offsetting? Send your ideas to email@example.com.
We will hold an online senior friends’ reunion on 18 October 2020 via Zoom. Further information is available on our website at https://ascm.org.au/civicrm/event/info?id=50&reset=1. If you don’t have access to a computer or smartphone, you can still join our Zoom meetings from a landline phone – call our Technology Coordinator, Claudine Chionh, if you need any assistance joining a Zoom meeting.
The ASCM PO Box has moved to Canberra from Melbourne. Our postal address is now GPO Box 1195, Canberra City, ACT2601.
In July 2019 we sent Caity Cameron (ACT staff worker) to attend the World Student Christian Federation's second Inter-regional program on Identity, Diversity, and Dialogue in Nairobi, Africa.
The World Student Christian Federation Asia Pacific Regional Committee Meeting, to be held in March in Indonesia, was postponed, as was the General Assembly, to be held in Berlin in June 2020.
Following up on one of the decisions from our annual conference last year, our national coordinator John Probudhan Biswas wrote to the Prime Minister’s Office expressing our concern about government policy in a number of different areas. We received a reply in October 2019.
This financial year we will continue to run the same activities, with the following initiatives:
Help to pay staff honorarium in Timor Leste SCM, but we will reduce support from $2,500 per year to $2,000.
To pay honorarium of our staff in Australia
Most of our meetings will go online, with regular meetings and face-to-face meetings if possible.
We will encourage staff to get new students to join us.
We rely on the support of our senior friends like you and thank you sincerely for your donations and support in other ways.
To make a donation:
Credit card: donate directly through the following link (https://ascm.org.au/donate-appeal)
Bank transfer: BSB 06 2000 Account Number 0092 2944
Cheque: send to GPO BOX 1195 Canberra ACT 2610 ACT-Australia. Payable: Australian Student Christian Movement.
If you wish to make ongoing contributions, we suggest you choose recurring (monthly, quarterly, or yearly) donations online so that the donation will be automatically debited from your account.
Donations to the ASCM or the Trust cannot be used as a tax-deduction.
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Australian Student Christian Movement
Profit and Loss
National Appeal Letter
Other Income (Loss)
Total Other Income (Loss)
Annual General Meeting/National Conference
Appeal Cost (Print and stamp 500 recipients)
East Timor Mission
Other Expense (Victoria SCM Unclaimed money)
WSCF Program/ Yearly Membership
Victorian SCM End of year Dinner
Canberra SCM: Met to eat (of course) and continue our bi-monthly Bible study on the Uluru Statement from the Heart
Canberra SCM: Some of our Canberra SCMers took advantage of the perfect spring weather to have a picnic in October 2019
Canberra SCM : Christmas lunch, There was a koto, sushi, East Timorese beef curry, fruit salad, brownies and shortbread at SCM Canberra's Christmas break-up today. And Christmas hats.
Canberra staff meeting with senior friend and ANU chaplaincy coordinator Robbie Tulip
Several members of the ASCM national executive attended an Indonesia SCM Online Discussion
June 2020: international Zoom meeting on gender equality lead by Yixin and Rado
August 2020 Online meeting with Chairperson and Regional Secretary of WSCF AP regarding their loan to ASCM
May 2020 online discussion of how we can reduce our environmental impact led by Dr Ros Hewett
Victorian SCM discussion on The Flood
July 2019, Caity Cameron our delegate for WSCF IDD program in Kenya, Africa. First time for her to go to Africa and also the first time WSCF held a program on identity, diversity and dialogue in Africa.
Canberra SCM : September 2020 meeting and discussion about annual program
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