At the national level, SCMers around the country joined in celebrations to mark the National Apology to the Stolen Generations of our Indigenous Peoples. One member in Canberra was able to be present inside the Parliament House for the occasion.
ASCM’s recent bi-annual Executive Meeting involved a survey and process of review to facilitate further movement building. ASCM is also concerned to respond to the problems caused by climate change, and is hoping to appoint an Environmental Project Officer to this end.
Western Australia: Small SCM movement continues to be active at two university campuses and with events off-campus to include young graduates as well as students from universities where we are not active. For first semester 2008 we are following a program of discussion topics based alternately on teachings of Jesus, and what’s in the daily newspaper.
Victoria: An SCM presence remains among students, supporting staff and SCM friends at Victoria University and the University of Melbourne. We recently held a welcome dinner (hosted by VU students) for students from various campuses, and planning a few more cross-campus events later in 2008.
ACT: Meetings inviting guest speakers will be organised this semester around various aspects of the theme on ‘Peace.’ At the time of writing, SCMers are preparing to be part of an interfaith BBQ and Harmony Day celebration, with an emphasis on promoting fair trade.