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.
Save the WSCF by joining the "Give One, Be One" Campaign to raise funds to support the WSCF - 09/02/2015
Peace greetings to you from WSCF AP!
I am writing this urgent mail to you all for your immediate response and action for the follow up of our commitment during the 21st RCM. On behalf of all the movements I conveyed our concerns, suggestions and recommendations to the WSCF Global Executive Committee ( ExCo) about the $1 minimum campaign. The ExCo considered our suggestions and have changed the name of the campaign to “Give One, Be One”. Hope you all have received enough information about this campaign from the Inter-Regional Office from Christine Housel.
I am sure all the SCMers will agree with me that through the SCMs, WSCF has played a significant role in our lives, in developing our perspectives, enabling our critical thinking, shaping our life to affirm justice, and peace, and inspiring us to play a prophetic role in the Church and Society. Weather it was Local, National, Regional or Inter-Regional level programmes and initiatives of WSCF - it has contributed profoundly in our personal transformation as well as in our own communities. WSCF is committed to continue the work among the student communities to promote and produce more ecumenical leaders.
It needs no further explanations that in order to continue the pioneering work of over a century, besides commitment, dedication and time of students, senior friends, WSCF needs financial resources. You might be aware that WSCF is going through a severe financial crisis. Unfortunately, this is the reality of all most all the ecumenical organisations globally! There is an ever increasing decline of resources / funds, and the financial support by some of our traditional funding partners to our programmes are completely stopped, making it highly difficult for us to continue our ongoing work. This is a crucial period for the federation. The financial condition of the federation is so severe that the Federation is at the verge of going “bankrupt” and there will be no corporate or government to bailout us – it will be SCMers like you and me, who have been benefited by the Federation in one way or the other, we will have to “bailout” ourselves. Its “payback time” for us. For more than 100 years WSCF continued to generate student leaders. Now WSCF need your support in this challenging time. We look forward to your financial support for the federation.
Otherwise this centuries old student and youth ecumenical movement will die an untimely death and there by deprive the future generations from taking advantage of the ecumenical exposures and opportunities offered by the WSCF.
Therefore we are inviting all the SCMers to join us in raising funds for the federation. “Give One, Be One” is a campaign encouraging all the SCMers to contribute whatever little financial support you can. We are requesting the National Movements to take the initiatives to help us in collecting the financial contributions from your SCM members.
WSCF’s strength is the thousands of SCM units in more than 100 countries, hundreds or thousands of members : both students and senior friends. If each one of us can pay a small amount every year to the Federation and the Federation will be self-sufficient, only to divert back the energy and money through various programmes and activities to the SCMs back again. And the cycle goes on. We will have to depend less and less on the external support from the donors, who are stopping their grants day by day.
According to the 21st RCM’s decision 15% of all the contribution will remain in the region and 85% will be sent to the IRO. You may send the 85% funds directly to the IRO in the given fund transfer details below and 15% to the WSCF AP region. Or you may send the 100% of your contribution to the WSCF AP region and we will arrange to send the 85% to the IRO.
Attached please find the details of fund transfer of WSCF AP.
If at any time the WSCF needed your support the most, it is now! Kindly try your best to support this cause. Please let us know once you have done the transfer.
ACCOUNT OWNER : WORLD STUDENT CHRISTIAN FEDERATION
ECUMENICAL CENTRE, CH-1218 LE GRAND-SACONNEX, SWITZERLAND
SWIFT/BIC : BCGECHGGXXX
IBAN / USD : CH95 0078 8000 L079 0081 1
IBAN / EUR : CH86 0078 8000 U322 6548 0
IBAN / CHF : CH03 0078 8000 U077 5827 5
PayPal - www.wscfglobal.org
Thanking you and looking forward to hearing from you,
(On behalf of the Standing Committee – WSCF AP)