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  • Welcome to ASCM News

    Monday, 12 August, 2019 - 18:13

    Australian Student Christian Movement

    active – open – critical – ecumenical

    Welcome to ASCM News

    August 2019

    Welcome to the newly relaunched newsletter of the Australian Student Christian Movement. You have received this because you have subscribed to our newsletter in the past, you were subscribed to the Queensland SCM newsletter, or you attended our recent national conference in Canberra. We will be publishing news about ASCM and our members once a month. If you no longer want to hear from us, go to this link to unsubscribe.

    Upcoming ASCM and WSCF events

    Melbourne – Universal Day of Prayer for Students, Sunday 25 August

    For more than a century students and friends of the World Student Christian Federation (WSCF) have observed the Universal Day of Prayer for Students as a way to express their common commitment as witnesses of our faith in God and in each other, to the world both inside and outside our academic communities.

    Victorian SCM’s service provides an opportunity for current and former members and friends of SCM to meet and pray together and learn about SCM’s current work and future plans.

    We will also be responding with prayer to the WSCF theme for 2019 of Young people building peace and overcoming violence.

    A collection will be taken up to support WSCF.

    Venue: Church of All Nations, 180 Palmerston St, Carlton
    Date and time: 3-6pm, Sunday 25 August

    RSVP here.

    Other events of interest

    Global climate strikes – 20-27 September

    In the week of 20-27 September, millions of people around the world will join in a global climate strike. This week also falls in the Season of Creation, and Catholics and other Christians are encouraged to organise or participate in climate strikes. Learn more at https://globalclimatestrike.net/ and https://laudatosigeneration.org/rise-up/.

    ASCM and WSCF event reports

    National conference and AGM

    In July, current members and senior friends of ASCM met in Canberra for our annual national conference and AGM. We heard talks on a range of topics including Christian responses to climate change, human rights, and Palestine.

    National conference and AGM attendees

    The following papers from the conference are available on our website:

    • Barrie Baker – ASCM across the generations
    • Helen Rainger – Palestine and Israel: What’s at stake?
    • Robert Tulip – Climate change, global warming, and the Christian response
    • Sandy Yule – Who or what is God?

    Videos of selected talks are also available on ASCM’s new YouTube channel.

    WSCF Identity, Diversity, and Dialogue (IDD) on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in Nairobi, Kenya

    The WSCF IDD working group met with international delegates from Africa and all over the world in July 2019 to continue the conversation about inclusive Christianity and the issues facing the LGBTIQA+ community.

    On day one of the conference we had welcomes and introductions to WSCF and IDD in particular. We also had a bible study led by Dr. Yong Ting Jin. We participated in a workshop of Social Theories on Gender and Sexuality led by gay South African Reverend Hanzline Davids. In the afternoon we listened to the keynote speeches given by Dr Dorcas Chebet on the Dignity of Human Sexuality, and by Reverend Wayne Hawkins on the History and Power of Queer Theology.

    Day two involved morning worship led by participants including myself, and another presentation by Dr Dorcas on Human Sexuality and Spirituality, focusing on the Song of Songs. Then we moved on to our second theme: the Christian Faith Imperative and Theological Perspectives on SOGIE, led by Rev. Kangwa Mabuluki. After movement sharing, we engaged in another lecture, given by Mr Solomon Gichira on Understanding Human Sexuality in the Context of Africa: Intersectionality of Gender and Sexuality.

    On the third day we went on our exposure day to different communities in Nairobi. One group went to an LGBTIQA+ community house for Ugandan LGBTIQA+ refugees. Another group visited a children’s school. My group visited an initiative which supported people affected by being HIV positive. The exposure day was enriching and fulfilling. Afterwards, we went to Masai Markets where our Kenyan hosts helped us bargain for souvenirs.

    On day four we had bible study led by Dr Yong Ting Jin again, focusing on Genesis 19, which elicited fruitful and passionate discussion. Then, Mr Solomon Gichira presented again, this time on the Church and the Ecumenical Movement’s historical journey with LGBTIQA+ people. After lunch, Rev Hanzline led another workshop, this one on SOGIE and International Human Rights.

    The final day we had bible study on Judges 19, which again elicited debate and discussion. Aside from this and preparations for IDD to meet at General Assembly next year, the final day was full of concluding meetings and discussions.

    Overall, the experience was enriching and eye opening. I am so blessed to be a part of ASCM and to have had the amazing opportunity to attend such a wonderful conference.

    Caity Cameron
    Canberra SCM Staff Worker

    Opinion and reflection

    Green Ecology and Theology

    Current debate on Climate Change has focussed our minds on an important question: What is the future of planet earth?

    It is intriguing that many astronauts who have viewed earth from space, on their return develop a greater interest in earth’s environment.

    Certainly the last few decades have seen appreciation for a deeper ecological theology grow amongst progressive Christians.

    If the creation is God’s work, then God must have been a ‘Greenie’ at some stage. Ecological theologians believe that God still has that inclination.

    Ray Barraclough

    Meet an SCMer – Kate King

    Kate King, Christmas 2018 in Oslo

    Kate King, Christmas 2018 in Oslo

    My name is Kate, I am an ACT staff worker for the ASCM.

    I got involved with the SCM in 2017 when I attended a meeting on the apartheid of Palestine hosted by a fellow ACT staff worker.

    Since that time I have been involved in meetings & conferences with ACT members and senior friends in which we discuss socio-economic issues around the world and how this intertwines with our faith.

    Most recently in June I had the privilege of helping organise the 2019 AGM & national conference.

    At the end of this year I intend to graduate from ACU with a Bachelor of Nursing. I plan to further my education with an honours program in Nursing while also taking part in a new graduate nursing program here in the ACT.

    I aspire to work in healthcare promotion ideally with vulnerable and younger people.

    Additionally to university I work as a medical administrator for a general practice. As a passion project I also work as an educator on puberty for primary students, sexual and social health for college students, and promote safe schools for diverse students within their peers and educators.

    I am passionate about the education of people on their own bodies and health, I wish to encourage all people take initiative to look after their own health and fight for medical attention.

    My journey with religion is quite recent, it wasn’t until 2017 when I started to attend services and study religion further. However, my faith has always existed and guided me through life. Filling me with hope and faith that there is more. I find the intertwining of the Abrahamic religions fascinating and the common bond between people of all faiths that is to share love and respect.

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  • Melbourne SCM Bible Study Series - Ephesians, Friday 2 August [rescheduled]

    Monday, 29 July, 2019 - 17:19

    Australian Student Christian Movement

    active – open – critical – ecumenical

    Melbourne SCM Bible study

    Join Melbourne SCM for Bible study on Friday, 2 August as we conclude our 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 here, or contact Claudine at vicscm@ascm.org.au or 0418 592 269 for the address or if you have any dietary requirements.

  • 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.