The Zine Project

The Movement: The Mental Health Edition

16229879_10155062028682079_2079395258_oOver summer, some students put together a ‘zine’ (a self-published, creative mini magazine) to introduce our focus for the next few years – student wellbeing. It has puzzles, activities and information about what SCM is about.  These are being shared with students across the country during Orientation weeks soon!

Want some Zines posted out to you? Email wellbeing(at)scm.org.nz your details for a copy!

The Wilderpeople at Festival One

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The Wilderpeople Collective stall at Festival One

Over Auckland Anniversary Weekend, SCM was part of the Wilderpeople Collective at Festival One, a Christian Music festival in Hamilton. The Wilderpeople are all about the hard questions in the wilderness, and the aim was to create a safer space for people to engage with faith, sexuality and identity.


The stall was decked out in activities, questions and conversation starters. The Living Library gave festival goers the chance to ‘borrow’ a person to hear their story. Documentaries played on a screen for people to put on some headphones for a listen. There was badge making, body art and continuums.

The first day was busy – people coming to talk, learn, talk and challenge. Such great feedback, so many people were so happy to see a stall about inclusivity – and people said they felt safe to ask the questions they have struggled with.

After the first half day, the Wilderpeople were asked to strip the stall of all LGBT+ references, in order to be more ‘family friendly.’ They tried to make it work – but it was no longer a space where people could safely explore these ideas. The Wilderpeople chose to leave when they were told they couldn’t restore the stall to it’s original state – and people noticed that the LGBT+ voice was silenced.

The Wilderpeople plan to keep having these conversations.

Expressions of Interest Sought for Women’s Coordinator Role

The Student Christian Movement in Aotearoa is looking for a new Women’s Coordinator to sit on the National Coordinating Group. This role involves being a voice for gender equality in the life and work of SCM, and representing SCM in other forums where a voice for women needs to be heard. Our Women’s Coordinator will also connect with sub regional and global women’s networks.

Hear from our previous Women’s Coordinator, Rauhina Scott-Fyfe on her time in the role:

“In my capacity as Women’s Coordinator  this year, I have represented SCM at various forums, such as a panel discussion on Oil Drilling, a community dinner on Peace in Palestine, a youth forum on the Church’s response to the issue of child poverty, an interfaith group supporting LGBTI rights, the Council of Trade Unions Women’s Conference, and the Wellington Anglican Diocese ‘Radical Tea Party’ events, including discussions on ‘The Feminist Jesus’ and ‘The Elephant in the Room’ (LGBTI rights in the church). At the 2014 SCMA National Conference in Dunedin, SCMers attended a ‘March for Consent’, promoting awareness about rape culture in tertiary institutions in Aotearoa.

By far our highlight for the 2014-2016 year was organising and hosting the World Student Christian Federation Asia-Pacific Subregional Women’s Programme at Karitane, New Zealand (December 2014). The overarching theme was ‘Healing ourselves, our communities and our planet’. Women from more than nine countries around Asia-Pacific attended.”
More information or to talk about the role more, please email the National Office. Expressions of interest welcomed to natsec@scm.org.nz by Friday 15th July.

Kia Ora from the SCM Cabin

Kia ora from the SCM Cabin. Tucked away in a section of native bush which edges onto Victoria University’s campus, you’ll find myself – Hayley Heyes – and Josh Reid writing, reading, praying, and having a yarn. Since October last year the Cabin has been in use as an office space for Christian Postgraduate Students who are in need of a place to work. Unfortunately, many Honours – and even some Masters level – programs no longer provide an office for candidates, compounding the stress and loneliness of Postgraduate study. We really are thankful to SCM for the space to study together and enjoy inviting friends to come by and hear the story of SCM.

Josh is continuing his work on William Colenso – a printer, botanist, and missionary – whose story is only partial told in the recordjoshs of New Zealand’s colonial history. And I have just finished up a lengthy critique of the contemporary university, and am moving on to examine the work of French Marxist Alain Badiou. Dell Watson, who shared the office with us over summer, has finished her thesis and we now have room for another student to join. Please do get in touch if you are a Postgraduate Student at Victoria in need of an office.

Peace in Christ,

Hayley Heyes

WSCF Appoints new Chairperson and Co-vice Chairperson 

 On March 17, 2016, the WSCF Executive Committee elected Georgine Kengne Djeutane as Chairperson and Salma Charaf as Co-vice Chairperson. Georgine and Salma join Immanuel Kitnan, as Co-vice Chairperson and Bronwyn Claire as Honorary Treasurer of WSCF until the next General Assembly. The elections concluded a three-month search process led by the Search Committee.

Chairperson

unnamed.jpgMs Georgine Kengne Djeutane (Cameroon) has been performing the duties of WSCF Interim Chairperson after the 35th General Assembly in March 2015 and until the Chairperson elections in March 2016. Former Africa Regional Secretary, Georgine is an Economist by training. She received a Masters of Philosophy (MPhil) in Economics Sciences. In addition she also trained on Project management, Monitoring and Evaluation, Fundraising, Conflict Resolution, Gender and Human Rights, Anti-Corruption Campaign, Lobby and Advocacy, Management for Head of Project and Organization of Development in Africa and Corporate Governance.

In her past experience, she served on an advisory board for the Nairobi Peace Initiative Africa (NPI-A), the Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance (EAA) and the Progamme for Christians and Muslims Relationship in Africa (PROCMURA). She is a recipient of the McArthur Foundation Prize on Research on “Real Economy in Africa”. She is the author of several articles related to debt issues published in Scholarly journals.

Ms Georgine is a committed Christian. She has been working since her graduation with faith-based organization as part of her commitment to serve Jesus Christ. She has a good grasp of the Ecumenical vision, great experience with church, church-related and ecumenical organizations at national, regional and especially at the international level given her past job as the WSCF Regional Secretary for Africa and the Vice Chaiperson of the Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance based in Geneva. She is committed and empowered to serve students and young people with ability to work and communicate in cross-cultural setting. She is also a graduate of the Ecumenical Institute of Bossey. Currently working as a consultant with a Research organization and planning to finalize her PhD.

Vice-Chairperson

unnamed-1.jpgSalma Charaf (France), currently based in Paris, is a student of International Relations and Management. Salma grew up in Morocco, in a multicultural and open-minded Russian-Moroccan family. She got to know WSCF when she started her university studies in France, where she joined SCM France. Through her SCM, Salma met the WSCF General Secretary, got inspired, and decided to participate in her first WSCF project taking place in UNESCO. In 2014, Salma was invited to take part in the inter-regional leadership development program in Jordan and Palestine, where she discovered the real spirit of WSCF. When she returned to Paris, Salma became the main international contacts person of SCM Paris, and continued to be involved in WSCF-European projects representing her SCM, recently reconnecting this old WSCF member with the Region.

In parallel to her studies, Salma did several internships in France and abroad. Her first professional experience was junior consultant’s position in a management consultancy firm in Moscow. Later Salma decided to try herself in human resource recruitment consultancy, which led her to a sector manager’s position for a commercial company in Paris. These experiences allowed Salma to gain professional skills such as leadership and management skills. Today, Salma is closely engaged in ecumenical and cultural life of her SCM, and currently she also represents WSCF at UNESCO.

The Chair and Vice-Chair will be dealing with the following tasks:

  1. Accountable to the General Assembly;
  2. Chairing meetings (Executive Committee, General Assembly and other meetings where required);
  3. Nurturing the worldwide fellowship and preserving the unity of the Federation;
  4. Interpreting the work and needs of the Federation to churches and the wider ecumenical movement;
  5. Supporting the work of the executive staff of the Federation;
  6. Ensuring that the goals, priorities and mandate of the General Assembly are acted upon in accordance with the Constitution.

Human Rights Justice Peace Programme

 

Training of Trainers, Human Rights Justice Peace Programme, ‘Eco Justice”

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In October, I attended The Human Rights Justice Peace Programme, six days of engagement Eco Justice issues and held in Jakarta, the capital city of Indonesia. SCM members from the Asia Pacific region were invited to join the meeting, with over ten nations represented.

This programme aimed to firstly give voice to environmental and human right violations that countries faced, and secondly to train leaders from various movements and mechanisms in which such issues can be given advocacy from their SCM’s. I was the delegate for SCM Aotearoa and unofficially the Pacific Islands by proxy as there was no representation from the Island nations. My main role in this programme was giving a perspective, from a more developed country, on issues facing more developing countries. As the only delegate born in the Australasian-Pacific region and person of non-Asian decent, I gave an explanation and context to some the major human rights and environmental issues facing this corner of the globe.

The highlight for me was after two days of discussion and learning, we were given an overnight exposure experience in various places in Jakarta. I visited the Ciliwung River Community located in central Jakarta. This community lives on the banks of the river with residents facing forced eviction from their houses, with some already having their homes demolished. Visiting this area gave me an opportunity to see first-hand some of the social injustice these people face, as well as the environmental/ecological suffering the river endures in the form of pollution.

This experience gave me a new found appreciation for the respect our central and local governments give us in New Zealand. Seeing the river in such a disgusting way, highlighted to me the importance of preserving and improving the quality of water ways we have. I realised how blessed we are in New Zealand that our water, in most places is clean enough to drink without filtration. However, these people have to use a well for drinking water, even though they live on the banks of a river.

The biggest challenge for me was communicating the human rights and environmental issues that face the Pacific region. I felt that any issue I expressed was discounted or ignored as it was considered of less importance to issues facing less developed countries. The language barrier may have been part of the issue, as I was expected to speak in the most basic English so everyone could understanding. Being the only natural English speaker held its challenges but I was very grateful that the programme was in English.

An important learning for me was the realization that all countries have issues. Some seem more significant than others, issues are different but all are important in their own setting.

As a result the Australian delegate and I discussed an approach where more focus needs to be placed upon the Pacific Island nations from the Australasian SCM’s. We felt a responsibility to speak up for and represent our Pacifica neighbours. I will be looking to raise this with and Otago SCM in the New Year.

National Conference 2015

Screen Shot 2016-04-06 at 3.14.12 PMOn the 25th – 27th of September the Student Christian Movement Aotearoa (SCMA) held their Annual General Meeting and National Conference. It was held in St Margaret’s Anglican Church on the beautiful cost of Brighton, Dunedin.   A dozen SCM’ers participated in the National Conference from across Aotearoa, learning about the successes and challenges that have been part of SCMA during 2014-2015. The theme for the National Conference was “Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on Fire.” This quote is taken from St Catherine of Siena and it helped the participants think about the vocation that God has called them to.

The conference had the great privilege of having Rev. Joanne Fielding come and speak on the topic of vocation.  She talked to us about the way in which God calls each of us in Gods’ own way. Each person will be called in different ways and in their own time. Some people know what God wants them to do when others must spend time in prayer and contemplation over many years to find their own vocation. The conference was also told that it was important to listen to other people and what they think your vocation is as sometimes it is easier for other people to see what God is calling you to. As a group we learnt a lot about vocation and will take this information into our lives.    

After the study on vocation the conference heard the reports of the various people in leadership and those that had represented SCMA overseas at conferences and training programmes. These reports highlighted the great work that the members of SCMA are doing within Aotearoa and worldwide.

One of the most interesting reports that was given was from Rosina Scott-Fife and the amazing sub Regional Women’s Programme she and the Sub RWP committee ran.  Aleshia Lawson also gave a report about her experience over in New York at the World Student Christian Federation North America Leadership Training Programme (WSCF NA LTP).  From this opportunity Aleshia gained knowledge in leadership and the way in which different countries ran their own SCMs. The conference also received a report from John Graveston who is a member of the World Student Christian Federation Executive Committee, his report told the conference about the opportunities that WSCF can give and of the challenges that the Federation is facing at this current time.  It was great to hear about all the great work members of SCMA are doing and looking forward to the future endeavours of the movement.

Overall the National Conference was a wonderful experience. It allowed us to meet with other SCMers from across the nation and discuss SCMA on a larger scale then we normally do.  The venue was superb, the people were great and the party at the end will always be remembered.