Proudly progressive since 1896

Who we are

The Student Christian Movement seeks to bring together students of all denominations and none, to explore the Christian faith in an open-minded and non-judgemental environment.

Founded in 1896, SCM Aotearoa has a proud history of progressive theology and active involvement with current affairs in the world, Church and student life. SCM Aotearoa connects local SCM units in tertiary institutions throughout New Zealand and also globally through the World Student Christian Federation.

What we do

Each local unit will organise itself in different ways, will be comprised of people from different backgrounds, and thus will effectively operate in different ways. However each unit is encouraged to engage in three main areas of Christian life:


Each unit is encouraged to pray together and learn about each other’s prayer traditions. Because SCM is a truly ecumenical movement this means that one week an SCM unit may be praying the rosary together, the next engaging in Christian prayer meditation and the next week praying unprepared, Spirit-moved prayer, in a more evangelical fashion.


SCM believes strongly in a thoughtful and rational faith where students are challenged to deeply explore issues which affect them and their community. This effectively means that we encourage free and frank discussion on range of issues within such areas as politics, theology, the environment and so on.


Our prayer and discussion will often culminate in justice-focussed action within our communities be that local, regional or international. Thus you find SCM’s raising money for causes, volunteering, protesting and generally being engaged in solving problems which they have identified around them.

Recent News

WSCF Pacific Sub-Regional Women's Programme - 30/09/2014

The World Student Christian Federation Asia-Pacific (WSCF-AP) and the Student Christian Movement Aotearoa (SCMA) invites you to apply for the 2014 Pacific sub-regional women's programme on the theme "Agents of Healing: healing ourselves, our communities and our planet".
The programme will prioritise workshops and presentations on issues that are urgent for women that include but are not limited to: gender and identity, culture, post-colonisation, commercialisation, gender equality and eco-justice. This programme will be an opportunity to bring together young women, senior friends and partners from around the Pacific to share their experiences of social and political engagement in local and global contexts, to reflect theologically on the Christian faith through a feminist perspective, and to provide participants with concrete skills and tools to be agents of healing within their own contexts.

When: 4-9 December 2014
Where: Puketeraki Marae, 520 Apes Road, Karitane, Otago, NZ
Cost: Registration fee ($100) + travel to Dunedin (limited travel scholarships will be available)

Applications close October 15th 2014

Due to limited space, we will be considering all applications and selecting 20 NZ participants. If accepted you will receive programme information and account details for payment.

I've invited you to fill out the form Application: WSCF Pacific Subregional Women's Programme. To fill it out, visit:

For any questions, please email natsec@scm.org.nz
You can find the Facebook event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/561581527280963/?ref=ts&fref=ts

The concept paper for the programme can be found here: http://www.wscfap.com/uploads/1/4/8/9/14890182/swp_-_concept_paper_final.pdf
For more information about WSCF Asia-Pacific, go to: http://www.wscfap.com
For more information about SCM Aotearoa, go to: http://www.scm.org.nz

Grace and peace with you always,

Filo Tu
General Secretary
Student Christian Movement Aotearoa

PO Box 11276
Manners Street
Wellington 6142

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