February 12-19, 2009
The newly elected officers of WSCF for the quadrennial period and regional staff met last February 12-19, 2009 at the WCC Ecumenical Centre in Geneva, Switzerland.
The meeting was attended by Horacio Mesones (Chair), Janejinda Pawadee and Shanta Ready (Vice-chairs), Michael Wallace (GS), Youhanna Kamal Shawky (Treasurer), Georgine Djeutane (Africa Regional Secretary), Necta Montes Rocas (Asia RS), Jooa Vuorinen (Europe RS), Dan Ortega (Latin America and Carribean RS), Elsy Wakil (Middle East RS) and Luciano Kovacs (North America RS).
The Meeting re-affirmed the WSCF Vision and Mission adopted in the 2004 General Assembly and proposed the yearly global themes of the Federation as the following: 2009, Identity, Diversity, Dialogue; 2010 is Environment and Climate Justice; 2011 is Overcoming Violence; and 2012 is Economic Justice. Following the mandate of the General Assembly, the Officers and Staff worked on the 20092012 Strategic Plan has been divided into the following areas:
The four Bible Studies during the meeting focused on the WSCF 2009 global theme on “Identity, Diversity and Dialogue” were led by Priscilla Singh from the Lutheran World Federation, Guillermo Kerber, Jane Stranz and Theo Gill from World Council of Churches (WCC).
SCM UK Senior Friend, Foster Murphy was invited to lead sessions on organizational development skills, organizational behavior and effective governance. Martin Robra from WCC discussed the challenges in the preparation process of the Edinburg Conference in 2010 called “Ecumenism in the 21st Century.” Shanta Ready and Nassouh Toutoungi, a catholic priest from Switzerland, led sessions on dialogue training on Sexuality.
On February 16, the participants led the Morning Worship at the Ecumenical Center attended by WCC Executive Committee members and staff and ecumenical partners.
The Universal Day of Prayer for Students 2009 liturgy on Identity, Diversity and Dialogue was used during this occasion.