February 13-20, 2008
To deliver the word of God is to denounce, unmask, speak the truth, give voice to the voiceless, refuse to flatter, to cajole, to gossip even at times to shut the mouth up of those who falsify things.”
The Staff and global officers of WSCF met in Geneva, Switzerland from February 13 to 20, 2008. The annual meeting was attended by the officers of the Federation, Dr. Kenneth Guest, WSCF Chairperson, Dr. Eilidh Whiteford and Adele Djomo Ngomedje, Vice-chairs, Youhanna Kamal Shawky, Treasurer; Michael Wallace, General Secretary; Georgine Kengne Djeutane, Africa Regional Secretary; Necta Montes Rocas, Asia-Pacific Regional Secretary; Dan Gonzales Ortega, Latin America and the Caribbean Regional Secretary. The meeting also welcomed newly appointed members of the global team, Jooa Vourinen, Europe Regional Secretary; Luciano Kovacs, North America Regional Secretary; Christine Housel, WCSF IRO Project Manager; Varsha Vijayakumar, IRO HR Intern and Marie-Claude Barrette-Molgat, WSCF GA Coordinator.
With the 34th General Assembly approaching, the team worked extensively to finalize the logistics preparations and the Thematic Commissions of the GA, identifying ways in which students can have meaningful experience in the GA. Major issue discussed was the need to hasten the fund raising effort to meet the $400,000.00 USD GA Budget. A Solidarity Fund was suggested, where movements from the North can support delegates from the South who cannot afford to pay the full cost of their participation.
The EAP Visioning session, facilitated by EAP Evaluation Consultant Cathy Williams created a valuable framework from which the EAP evaluation should proceed. It clarified the vision, value, gaps and future of the EAP. The session once again emphasized the positive role that EAP plays in the life of the national movements and the society in general. There needs to be a way to tell the “EAP Stories” in creative forms to promote its value and contribution in community development and people’s empowerment.
The global team led the World Council of Churches (WCC) Central Committee Monday Worship on February 18 at the Ecumenical Chapel, where the UDPS Liturgy was used on the GA theme, “Your Sons and Daughters Shall Prophesy... and your young people shall see vision.” From Joel 2:28-29. Prior this, two Bible Studies where led on the same theme by Senior friends Rev. Dr. Setri Nyomi from Africa, Rev. Dr. Adolfo Ham and Rev. Dr. Carlos Ham from the LAC.
The Bible Studies focused on the meaning of prophesying, where according to Dr. Adolfo Ham, “it means to deliver the word of God for a particular situation and need not only to predict what is going to happen. It means and it still means to denounce, unmask, speak the truth, give voice to the voiceless, refuse to flatter, to cajole, to gossip even at times to shut the mouth up of those who falsify things.”