The Student Christian Movement is an inclusive and progressive group of people of many faiths, dreamers, philosophers, cynics and theologians. We’re a movement of students, past and present, all over the country who are responding to the call of Jesus to show the love of God on our campuses, in our communities and across the world. We meet at universities across Aotearoa to debate the big ideas, get involved in social change and explore faith and spirituality.
Our beliefs and motivators
Inclusive and open
All people are welcome; we believe our diversity is a gift to be celebrated. We recognise the importance of respect for an openness to others. We encourage spiritual growth through understanding and tolerance of others’ viewpoints.
We are inclusive of all people who wish to be inclusive themselves. To model this we are committed to consensus decision-making as we think that it builds community. We support participation by people marginalised by sexuality, health and gender.
We welcome and affirm members from all denominations; we value the rich diversity of Christian traditions and those of other faiths, while seeking unity in prayer and action. SCM does not require its members to adhere to a doctrinal statement.
We believe faith and social justice cannot be separated – Christians must be engaged with contemporary theological, political and social issues.
We find God’s desire for peace, justice and liberation from oppression throughout the Bible and in the life of Jesus. We seek to respond to God’s call for conversion of self and transformation of society.
We interpret the ‘Reign of God’ to mean a just and peaceful society in the here and now, as well as in the age to come.
We believe that thinking through and questioning our faith ensures that it remains alive. We believe that Christian faith can stand the test of critical thought, in fact we believe this is the way to Christian maturity. It is not an easy way, sometimes involving a lot of risk, but ultimately that which is of value will remain and become even more important in our lives.
SCM seeks to support students in the quest for a deeper faith, encouraging critical thought by providing stimulation of new ideas, and providing a supportive community in which people can explore life and faith.
Who are we?
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 as a member of the World Student Christian Federation.
As Jesus invites all people to share relationship, we too welcome everyone to our table at SCM – those with burning questions, those who have been hurt by the Church, those who simply need a place to rest and worship… We look forward to having you with us.
What does that mean in action?
SCM’s vision is that every student can find a vibrant, open and inclusive Christian community, where they can explore faith and be inspired to put faith in to action.
There are groups at universities across the country, who are each their own SCM unit – and of course they each have their own flavour!
There are pizza nights, study sessions, public lectures, pub debriefs, prayer labyrinths, theological discussions, yarn bombing, solidarity nights and a good bit of student activism… what would you like your SCM group to add to this list?
Being part of the Student Christian Movement is about being real, being challenged and being together!
The Student Christian Movement is an inclusive and progressive group of people of many faiths, dreamers, philosophers, cynics and theologians.