The ASCM has just held a national conference in Brisbane, Queensland in July. The topic of the conference was ‘Who is my Neighbour?’ Events included: a keynote address about the history of Australia’s relationship with Indonesia by Professor James Haire, outgoing president of the Uniting Church in Australia; a spiritual massage workshop; an exploration of the role of church and society in Polynesian and Melanesian communities; gender workshops, and studies on post-colonial and feminist interpretations of Scripture. Im Thano, the General Secretary of Cambodia SCM was the guest to the national conference, and gave an input on the work done by Cambodia SCM.
ASCMers agreed that there was a strong sense of community amongst members at the conference, and that we will all return to our respective branches with renewed energy and passion.
The ASCM National Conference was followed by the General Committee meeting, where there was full representation from most states in Australia. As well as working on some constitutional and business items, it was an invaluable opportunity to spend time together sharing the stories of our SCM branches, and visioning for our future directions.
The ASCM affirms our commitment to justice and solidarity, and to sharing an active, critical and open faith with students and the wider community in Australia. We extend our prayers and greetings to other SCMs in the Asia-Pacific region.