Australian Student Christian Movement
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Upcoming ASCM and WSCF events
Victorian fellowship dinner – Thursday 5 December
Celebrate the end of 2019 with Victorian SCM. Potluck/bring a plate.
WSCF General Assembly
The World Student Christian Federation’s 37th General Assembly, ‘Rejoice in Hope’, will take place in Berlin from 4 to 12 June, 2020. Information about the Assembly, Senior Friends’ Gathering, and public events can be found on the WSCF website.
Barrie Baker, our National Pastoral Care Officer, has been recruited to help plan for the 37th WSCF General Assembly. He is specifically working with a committee planning the activities for the Senior Friends who will be attending.
The coordinator for the group is Necta Montes, General Secretary based in Manila and the clerical assistant is Christine de la Cruz.
Other members are Ms Silke Lechner from Germany, Mr Youhanna Kamal from Egypt, Mr Yannes Hutagalong from Indonesia, Mr Manuel Quintero Perez from Cuba.
There have been two planning meetings altogether so far with another foreshadowed for 7 December 2019.
The theme of the Assembly will be:
Rejoice in Hope
Young People Journeying Together Towards Justice and Peace
The Senior Friends will have a programme that mirrors that of the Assembly delegates, and the two groups will join together for three major sessions.
News from WSCF
Search for WSCF General Secretary and Officers
WSCF is searching for its next General Secretary and Officers:
- The General Secretary
- The Officers: 1 Chairperson, 2 Vice Chairperson (one male and one female – and one must be a student)
- The Honorary Treasurer
WSCF Strategic Planning 2020-2024 Survey
Dear SCMer, Senior Friend and Colleague,
Welcome to the strategic planning 2020-2024 roadmap (SP2024)!
We are starting on the second stage of the SP2024 roadmap and we want you to be part of an inclusive, multi-level and multi-actor process, which have been approved by the ExCo in April 2019. The roadmap implementations will aim to submit a proposal on the new Strategic Plan 2020-2024 at the General Assembly in 2020.
This stage includes a survey for SCMers, Seniors Friends and Staff, and we want you all to complete it.
The survey has been designed in a way that we can have different voices from the SCM life members and WSCF structure actors. After the research is concluded, the SP2024 Working Group will collect and analyze the responses and inputs in order to create a first report. The report will contain other stages and important elements of the Strategic Planning Roadmap, such as:
- Ecumenical and interfaith mapping and context analyses;
- the assessment of the current strategic plan, including internal context analyses;
- a questionnaire prepared to be completed and submitted by Regional bodies and staff.
We kindly request you to complete the survey by December 20th. It will take only a few minutes!
ASCM and WSCF event reports
Some of our Canberra SCMers took advantage of the perfect spring weather to have a picnic in the park.
Opinion and reflection
Review of Alan Demack, Pulpit, Pew and Public Life
Alan Demack AO, Pulpit, Pew and Public Life: The Christian and the Secular Nation, MediaCom Education Inc, Unley, S.A., 2019
Alan Demack's memoir entitled Pulpit, Pew and Public Life takes the reader, firstly, on a journey through the author's formative years which were deeply influenced by the Australian Student Christian Movement. He expresses a deep appreciation for the inspiration of his Christian discipleship provided by such fine theologians as J. H. Oldham, Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Emil Brunner. (On pages 181-184 he provides an extensive list of a wider range of Christian contributors.)
Alan studied law at the University of Queensland (1953-57) and in time he became a barrister and then a judge.
In 1976 Alan was appointed a Senior Judge of the Family Court of Australia. In 1978 he was appointed a Judge of the Supreme Court of Queensland and Central Judge.
He served as a judge in Queensland for some 28 years, and even in retirement has been active in being a valued consultant in regard to important legal issues.
Nurtured in the Methodist Church, Alan and his wife Dorothy (whom he met at a National ASCM Conference in Armidale) have been very active members of the Uniting Church of Australia. Alan also contributes as a lay preacher in the Uniting Church. As well, both Alan and Dorothy have maintained a lifetime of support for ASCM.
This book explores the interplay of law, theology, ethics and public life in the context of living in a 'secular nation'. It contains many insights and thoughtful reflections on the inter-relation of those important dimensions of Australian experience. The book repays thoughtful reading.
Available for $22.95 from MediaCom.
Meet an SCMer
Silves ‘Rado’ Ximenes – ACT staff worker
I’m Silves, I am finishing my Diploma for COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT at CIT (Canberra Institute of Technology). Before I came to Australia, I was working for The Organisation of Action Study Inter Society (OASIS), a youth volunteer service in East-Timor, for four years. In my position, I did Administration and Training for youth and children such as, Computer training, English basic training, culture dancing training, sport training and Japanese Language. After that, I moved to another organisation, Rae’s Hadomi Timor Oan/Disabled’s People Organisation (RHTO/DPO) in East-Timor, to improve my knowledge and skill for that organisation. I was working with this organisation for six and a half years. My position was Field Officer, and my placement was working in Baucau Municipality. In my Municipality I did Leadership Training for teachers, students, general public, counselling for families of people with disabilities and gave training to other organisations. After that, I organised some groups especially for people with disabilities and their families, to make their own business and horticulture. Another of my roles in the organisation was to help make ramps to make Accessible toilet for people with disabilities and also accessible toilets and ramps in schools, especially in my Baucau Municipality.
My motto is helping people with disabilities and without disabilities. I am hard working honest, enthusiastic, responsible, quick to learn, able to make relationships with other people, able to work under pressure, and able to work in teams. I never give up in my life when I am learning new things. Also, you don’t see my disabilities but see my abilities. Every human has weaknesses and strengths, so you can’t see only their weakness you must see their strengths also.
Canberra SCM Friend Sylvia Cleland died in October. Her obituary is in the Canberra Times.
Canberra SCMer Robert Tulip adds:
I got to know Sylvia about twenty years ago when she and her husband Lindsay helped to run the Canberra Area Council of the Australian Student Christian Movement, an organisation which in their student days had helped form their shared identity through its values of faith, justice and peace. Sylvia had a profound Christian faith, informed by intelligent interest and compassion for the events of the world. She and Lindsay had a deep love for each other, one of the most beautiful married couples you could hope to see.
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