Australian Student Christian Movement
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Greetings to all friends of the Australian Student Christian Movement. In these anxious and uncertain times, ASCM, like faith communities around the world, have moved our activities online. This has been a time of reflection and reconnection as our branches around Australia have created opportunities to meet together as well as connect with our friends in Indonesia and Timor Leste. In this newsletter we offer reflections on discussion series led by SCMers from ACT and Victoria as well as Barrie Baker’s thoughts on church in a time of lockdown.
Upcoming ASCM events
Please see https://ascm.org.au/events for updates on our events.
Annual General Meeting 2020 – 19 and 26 July
This year our AGM will be held online over two consecutive Sunday afternoons. The first session covering our core AGM agenda (reports and finances) will take place from 3-5pm AEST on Sunday 19 July and the second session for other business will take place from 3-5pm AEST on Sunday 26 July.
Other events of interest
Online Rally for Freedom from Detention – Thursday 2 July, 6pm AEST
Hosted by the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre and RightTrack. Endorsed by ASCM (Victoria).
More information and registration at https://www.righttrack.org.au/online_rally
Invitation to participate in study
Progressive Christianity, Belonging and Social Work Knowledge
Samantha Lynch, Deakin University
As part of my honours thesis, I am seeking volunteers for a study into progressive Christianity, belonging and knowledge within social work. If you are between the ages of 18 to 30 and identify as a progressive Christian, I would love to hear from you using the email below.
For this research, progressive Christianity means:-
- An openness to critical thought and discussion on Christian traditions and assumptions
- a commitment to inclusion
- a commitment to social and ecological justice
What is involved:
An approximately 1 hour interview via Zoom
For more information, please email Samantha (student researcher) at firstname.lastname@example.org
ASCM event reports
Climate Change and Noah’s Flood: A Discussion
An ASCM group led by Morag Logan and Peter Rayner, and variously including Ann Ng, Ros Hewett, Andika Mongilala, Robbie Tulip, Zak Hanyn and Sandy Yule, has been meeting on zoom to discuss the story of Noah and the great flood, with theological questions about climate change in mind. We have had three sessions and will conclude with a fourth on Thursday 25 June. The following is an account of our discussions thus far.
Sandy Yule has provided comprehensive notes of these discussions on the ASCM website at https://ascm.org.au/article/report-victorian-scm-discussions-climate-change-and-noah-s-flood
SCM Canberra continues to meet monthly via Zoom, with a focus on social justice and activism. Our recent discussion topics have included Reducing Our Personal Environmental Impact, and Gender Inequality - summarised below. Our Zoom meetings are open to all and feature lively discussion with SCMers from around the world. Please get in touch via email@example.com if you'd like to join future meetings!
Full reports on our recent discussions can be found on the ASCM website at https://ascm.org.au/article/report-canberra-scm-discussions-reducing-our-environmental-impact-and-gender-inequality
Opinion and reflection
Worship In Lockdown Under COVID 19
Barrie Baker, WA ASCM
With no public services possible at our church in Dianella, Perth, our congregation have been actually praying and worshipping more intensively than usual over the last 10 weeks.
We are grateful that our priest, Archdeacon David Ingleson, has been emailing us every day with worship material, appropriate to the day and season.
He has sent an abbreviated service of Eucharist for each Sunday, and in between he has sent a homily, collects and other prayers and special intentions.
During Holy Week my wife, Zoe, and I sat up in bed prior to going to sleep using the appropriate material sent to us, and each Sunday we sit side by side on the sofa and read and pray together.
It is the viral emergency that has led us to do what we have never done before, and enriched our faith and Christian practice.
I wonder if any other ASCMers have a positive report of religious enrichment under our common constraints.
We want to hear from you
Do you have news about friends of ASCM and WSCF or other items of interest? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.