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  • RIP Victorian SCM Friend David Lancaster

    Thursday, 27 June, 2019 - 12:00

    Australian Student Christian Movement

    active – open – critical – ecumenical

    RIP Victorian SCM Friend David Lancaster

    One of our Senior Friends in Victoria has died last Sunday (23 June).

    David Lancaster, whose wife Shirley also died last year, was active in the Victorian SCM as an undergraduate and also in the period 1974-80. He and Shirley spent twenty years in Fiji, where David was a medical doctor. On returning to Melbourne, he became a psychiatrist.

    We offer condolences to their three children, John, Peter and Kathryn, as well as other family members.

    The Funeral Service for Dr. David John Lancaster will be held at  St. Kilda Parish Mission Uniting Church, 163 Chapel Street, St. Kilda on MONDAY (July 1, 2019).

  • ASCM 2019 conference - meet our speakers

    Saturday, 22 June, 2019 - 11:26

    Australian Student Christian Movement

    active – open – critical – ecumenical

    ASCM 2019 national conference

    Registration for ASCM's 2019 national conference closes in just over a week, on Monday 1 July. We have a thought-provoking program looking at today's major international issues and how Christians can engage with them. See you in Canberra on 13 July!

    For all details and registration information, go to ascm.org.au/conference-2019

    Meet our speakers

    Barrie Baker

    Barrie has a BA(Hons), Dep Ed, Dip Comp, Dip Theol and Dip Ed Admin and is a retired TAFE administrator and Computer Education pioneer. He joined ASCM in 1954 and has been active for decades. He is the ASCM Pastoral Care Officer. Has a gold medal for Urban Heritage Protection and teaches the recorder.

    Tim Ngui

    Tim Ngui has been a solicitor with the Homeless Persons Legal Service at the Public Interest Advocacy Centre since 2014 and a senior solicitor since 2019.

    Tim provides legal advice, representation and case-work assistance to homeless clients. He first practised in homelessness law at Legal Aid NSW. An ASCM senior friend, he holds a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Technology, Sydney and a Bachelor of Arts in Gender Studies and Sociology from the University of Sydney. He will be speaking broadly on his work and how this interacts with human rights and the law.

    Robert Tulip

    Robert Tulip is a senior friend of the ASCM, living in Canberra. He joined SCM at Macquarie University in 1984, where he completed BA Hons and MA Hons degrees in philosophy. He worked for the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) until 2017. He is a regular worshipper at Kippax Uniting Church, and is married to Caroline Reid. He is now working on practical strategies to reverse global warming, through technology and cultural awareness. At the conference, Robert will open a conversation on how Christian faith can constructively engage with climate change, including a look at the big picture of geoengineering and eschatology.

    Sandy Yule

    Rev. Dr. Sandy Yule is a retired Uniting Church minister whose doctoral thesis entitled ‘Ideas of God: Some Dialogues’ was awarded by Princeton Theological Seminary (cum laude). He has held various theological and academic positions, including Academic Dean at Sia’atoutai Theological College, Tonga, and lecturer in philosophy at the University of Melbourne and Swinburne University of Technology. A former General Secretary of ASCM (1970-75), Sandy has published books and articles on his intersecting interests in philosophy, theology and social justice.

    Sandy's thesis and other writings can be found at: sandyyule.com.

    Helen Rainger

    Helen Rainger is a retired teacher who enjoys reading, writing, religion and politics. She has a Master of Theology. She is currently the President of the Palestine Israel Ecumenical Network.

    Ivo Mateus Goncalves

    Hailing from Timor Leste, Ivo Mateus Goncalves is a historian and anthropologist who has worked on projects with the World Bank, the Timor Leste Government and the Indonesia-Timor Leste Commission on Truth and Friendship. Currently Ivo is a research student in ANU's Coral Bell School, examining Timor Leste's history of activism.

  • Melbourne SCM Bible study MONDAY 3 June

    Saturday, 1 June, 2019 - 12:21

    Australian Student Christian Movement

    active – open – critical – ecumenical

    Melbourne SCM Bible study

    Join Melbourne SCM for Bible study at Zak's home on Monday 3 June as we continue to look at the Letter to the Ephesians.

    Dinner from 6:30pm, Bible study discussion from 7:30pm.

    This event is held in a private home. Please RSVP online, or contact Claudine at vicscm@ascm.org.au or 0418 592 269 for the address or if you have any dietary requirements.

  • Melbourne SCM Bible Study - Ephesians on Monday 6 May (new date and location)

    Monday, 29 April, 2019 - 17:56

    Australian Student Christian Movement

    active – open – critical – ecumenical

    Melbourne SCM Bible study

    Join Melbourne SCM for Bible study on Monday, 6 May, at Zak's home in the CBD, as we continue our look at the Letter to the Ephesians.

    Dinner from 6:30pm, Bible study discussion from 7:30pm.

    This event is held in a private home. Please RSVP here, or contact Claudine at vicscm@ascm.org.au or 0418 592 269 for the address or if you have any dietary requirements.

  • Melbourne SCM Bible study Friday 5 April, Palm Sunday march, and ASCM National Conference

    Tuesday, 26 March, 2019 - 12:50

    Australian Student Christian Movement

    active – open – critical – ecumenical

    Melbourne SCM Bible study

    Join Melbourne SCM for Bible study on Friday 5 April.

    Bible study continues in 2019 with a series on the Letter to the Ephesians.

    Dinner from 6:30pm, Bible study discussion from 7:30pm.

    This event is held in a private home. Please RSVP online, or contact Claudine at vicscm@ascm.org.au or 0418 592 269 for the address or if you have any dietary requirements.

    Other upcoming events

    Palm Sunday Walk for Justice for Refugees, Sunday 14 April

    Melbourne SCM will once again join the annual Palm Sunday Walk for Justice for Refugees at the State Library of Victoria.

    Speakers include

    • Behrouz Boochani - activist, filmmaker, winner of the Victorian Prize for Literature, and Kurdish refugee imprisoned on Manus Island (live via phone)
    • Nyadol Nyuon - lawyer, writer and community advocate
    • Taqi Azra - Hazara Refugee
    • Michele O'Neil - ACTU President
    • Interfaith Panel including Mohammad Mohideen president of the Islamic Council of Victoria
    • Lavanya Thavaraja - Tamil Refugee Council

    Music from 1.30pm, Speakers from 2pm. Walk from 2.45pm to Kings Domain for music by Melbourne Mass Gospel Choir and others.

    Register here or email vicscm@ascm.org.au if you would like to meet up and walk with SCM.

    ASCM Annual General Meeting and National Conference, Canberra, Saturday 13 July

    We invite all friends of the Australian Student Christian Movement to our National Conference and senior friends’ reunion in Canberra in July. This event will give us the opportunity to meet old and new friends, share ideas, share lunch together and talk about solutions to some of the world’s big problems, combining the wisdom of experience with the enthusiasm of youth.

    The conference and senior friends’ reunion will be held:

    Date : Saturday 13 July 2019
    Time : 9.00 am to 5.00 PM
    Venue : Holy Cross Anglican Church, Hackett, ACT (Canberra)

    This conference is free.

    RSVP, preferably by 1 June 2019, to Robert Tulip - phone 0407 866 777 or email conference@ascm.org.au.

    For more details regarding the conference,  please visit https://ascm.org.au/conference-2019.

  • ASCM Annual General Meeting and National Conference 2019

    Thursday, 21 March, 2019 - 23:26

    Australian Student Christian Movement

    active – open – critical – ecumenical

    ASCM Annual General Meeting and National Conference 2019

    Dear Senior Friends,

    We take great pleasure in inviting you to the 2019 Australian Student Christian Movement National Conference and senior friends’ reunion in Canberra in July. This event will give us the opportunity to meet old and new friends, share ideas, share lunch together and talk about solutions to some of the world’s big problems, combining the wisdom of experience with the enthusiasm of youth. We are deeply grateful that you, as our senior friends, have supported the movement all these years, and are pleased to provide this event free of charge. We would love to have you attend to deepen links between generations as we look to the future.

    The conference and senior friends’ reunion will be held:

    Date : Saturday 13 July 2019
    Time : 9.00 am to 5.00 PM
    Venue : Holy Cross Anglican Church, Hackett, ACT (Canberra)

    This conference is free.

    RSVP, preferably by 1 June 2019, to Robert Tulip - phone 0407 866 777 or email conference@ascm.org.au. Please let Robert know if you would like help with accommodation, as we hope supportive church members will assist with billeting.

    For more details regarding the conference,  please visit https://ascm.org.au/conference-2019.

    Your presence at this conference is important to us, and we would be honoured to have the input of the older generations to support us younger folks as we endeavour to ensure ASCM will continue to present an active, critical, open and ecumenical voice of Christian faith among Australian students. We look forward to seeing you there.

    Sincerely,

    John Probhudan Biswas
    National Coordinator, ASCM

  • Melbourne SCM Bible study - Ephesians, Friday 1 March

    Monday, 25 February, 2019 - 16:26

    Join Melbourne SCM for Bible study on Friday 1 March.

    Bible study continues for 2019 with a series on the Letter to the Ephesians. We will look at one chapter per month for the next six months.

    Dinner from 6pm, Bible study discussion from 7:30pm.

    This event is held in a private home. Please RSVP online, or contact Claudine at vicscm@ascm.org.au or 0418 592 269 for the address or if you have any dietary requirements.

  • Melbourne SCM Bible Study Series - Ephesians, Friday 1 February

    Wednesday, 16 January, 2019 - 16:45

    Bible study returns for 2019 with a series on the Letter to the Ephesians. We will look at one chapter per month for the next six months. We intend to rotate the leadership of each session, with a different person each month to read the chapter beforehand and prepare three questions about it. Christine Tsoi will lead the first session.

    We hope to continue to meet the first Friday of each month (except for May when we'll meet on the second Friday so Ann can attend). So our first meeting this year will be on Friday 1 February, 2019. Ann's place as usual, dinner from 6 pm onwards (please feel free to bring anything extra that you'd like to add to the menu, just advise Ann beforehand).

    Please RSVP online, or contact Claudine at vicscm@ascm.org.au or 0418 592 269 for Ann's address or if you have any dietary requirements.

  • ASCM and SCM Indonesia appeal for earthquake and tsunami victims

    Sunday, 7 October, 2018 - 19:21

    Australian Student Christian Movement

    active – open – critical – ecumenical

    ASCM and SCM Indonesia appeal for victims of earthquake and tsunami in Palu and Donggala

    The Australian Student Christian Movement is helping SCM Indonesia (GMKI) to support victims of the earthquake and tsunami in Palu and Donggala. Visit our website for a report from GMKI volunteers.

    If you would like to make a donation then please send via:

    Australian bank transfer to ASCM
    BSB: 06-2000 (Commonwealth Bank)
    Account number: 0092-2944
    Account name: Australian Student Christian Movement
    Please send a confirmation email to andika_mongilala@ascm.org.au

    OR Via International bank transfer to Indonesia SCM
    Swift code: BMRIIDJAXXX 
    Bank Name: Bank Mandiri Persero PT
    Account name: Gerakan Mahasiswa Kristen Indonesia 
    Account number: 122-000-509-9901
    Recipient address: Jl. Salemba Raya, No 10, Jakarta Pusat. (postcode 10430) Indonesia

    or you can donate directly to Indonesian Redcross

    The campaign will close on 21 October 2018.

  • ASCM National Appeal 2018

    Friday, 28 September, 2018 - 11:32

    Australian Student Christian Movement

    active – open – critical – ecumenical

    23 September 2018

    To

    Members/Senior friends

    Australian Student Christian Movement

    Dear senior friend,

    Our sincere thanks to members/senior friends 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:

    1. Held Bible studies in Newcastle and Victorian SCM every month, meetings in Queensland at university campus and regular meetings with a focus on social justice in Canberra, along with a Canberra SCM senior friends reunion

    2. Sent a delegate to attend the UN Commission on the status of women in New York as a member of the World Student Christian Federation Asia Pacific (WSCF AP) delegation

    3. Sent a delegate to the WSCF AP Capacity Building Training in Colombo, Sri Lanka

    4. Helped to rebuild East Timor SCM, previously non-active

    5. Sent a delegate to a WSCF AP regional program on peace building in the Korean Peninsula

    6. Employed three paid staff at the national level and four paid staff in Victoria, Newcastle, Canberra and Queensland to support our state and national work

    7. Sent a delegate to attend the Justice Conference in Melbourne

    8. Campaigned and showed our support for marriage equality by releasing a public statement

    9. Published a December 2017 edition of the SCM Post

    10. Held our National Executive Meeting via Skype in February 2018 and our Annual Conference and AGM in Perth in July 2018

    11. Raised funds to help with renovations of the WSCF AP office in Hong Kong to generate income, with this fundraising initiative coordinated and led by senior friend Revd. David Gill

    This financial year we will continue to run the same activities, with the following new initiatives:

    1. New program to promote East Timor Reconciliation (Australia, Indonesian and East Timor SCM) and employ a few local staff to rebuild East Timor SCM with supervision from WSCF AP

    2. Visit Indonesian SCM to plan a long-term working relationship

    3. Build Solomon Islands SCM through our Solomon Islands Liaison Officer

    4. Send delegates to attend all WSCF programs where possible

    5. Increase our delegation to attend Voices for Justice in Canberra in December 2018

    6. Hire new staff in WA

    7. Hold the 2019 AGM and National conference in Canberra with a national senior friends reunion

    For further details, see the next online edition of the SCM Post due at the end of this year or early next year.

    ASCM still needs donations for this financial year of around $13,000 to support our programs.

    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 an online donation via credit card, please follow these steps:

    1. Visit our website: http://www.ascm.org.au/

    2. Click on ‘support ASCM’ at the top of the page and then click on ‘donate online’.

    Alternatively, you can donate directly through the following link

    https://goo.gl/mP5WLB

    If you wish to make ongoing contributions, we suggest you choose recurring (monthly, quarterly or yearly) so that the donation will be automatically debited from your account.

    Alternatively, you also can send cheques via post to: 

    Australian Student Christian Movement
    PO Box 4386
    MELBOURNE UNIVERSITY
    VIC 3052

    To go paperless

    To follow our activities online, please subscribe to our email newsletter at http://ascm.org.au/newsletter and follow our Facebook pagehttps://www.facebook.com/AustralianStudentChristianMovement/ to see what we have done and what we plan to do.

    National Senior Friends’ Reunion

    We plan to invite you to the National Senior Friends reunion in Canberra in July 2019. Please sign up here https://goo.gl/XoSrXw and we will send more information by electronic mail.

    To make a bequest for the general purposes of ASCM:

    “I bequeath (insert specific amount; percentage of estate; residue of estate; etc) to the Australian Student Christian Movement, to be applied for general purposes of the said organisation.”

    To make a bequest to the ASCM Centenary Trust Fund:

    “I bequeath (insert specific amount; percentage of estate; residue of estate; etc) to the Australian Student Christian Movement Centenary Trust Fund, to be applied for general purposes of the said Trust.”

    If neither of these suit your wishes, your solicitor or professional adviser will be able to construct the right wording for you. For further information from ASCM, please email andika_mongilala@ascm.org.au

    Kind Regards

    Andika Mongilala

    National Treasurer

    Account 
    Actual Expenses 2017/2018

    Budget

    2018/2019

    AGM Newcastle
    1,016.99
     

    AGM Perth
     
    3,000.00

    Honorarium staff worker
    22,673.00
    25,560.00

    WSCF Membership
    672.01
    700.00

    WSCF AP/Global program
    1,800.31
    4,000.00

    Visit Indonesian SCM
     
    1,000.00

    Visit East Timor SCM
     
    2,000.00

    NATSIEC
    300.00
    300.00

    Webshosting
    209.95
    209.95

    PO Box renewal
    132.00
    132.00

    Stamp and postage
    40.00
    50.00

    Office bearer expenses
    17.80
    100.00

    Newsletter and appeal letter
     
    500.00

    East Timor Mission
     
    3,000.00

    MICAH Fee
    165.00
    165.00

    Justice Conference
    610.78
    1,000.00

    Voices for Justice Conference
     
    1,000.00

    Other state expenses
     
    100.00

    NSW SCM expenses
    15.00
     

    Attendance at other programs
     
    1,000.00

    Bank Fees
    39.10
    40.00

    Total expense and other expense
    27,691.94
    43,856.95


    AGM in Perth 2018


    ACT Seniors friends Gathering 2017


    ASCM delegate to the UN, New York USA


    National coordinator visit to the ACT


    ACT SCM Monthly discussion


    East Timor Bible study in Dili 2018


    WSCF Program in Korean Peninsula