This is the second dossier of the CCA-WSCF Joint Programme ‘95, that contain the thoughts and reflections of various topics related to the above objectives. ‘A Challenge for the Future Academic Community: A Local Perspective’ by the SCM of Sri Lanka. Women’s Movement’ by Australian SCM. Christian Campus Ministry of Myanmar SCM: A Local Perspective’ by Myanmar SCM. ‘Women’s Journey with and within the SCMs and WSCF: A Regional Perspective’ by Kyaw Than.
This is the first dossier of the CCA-WSCF Joint Programme ‘95, that contain the thoughts and reflections of various topics related to the above objectives. ‘The Changing Student Situations: A regional perspective’ by Jennifer Dawson. ‘Present Needs, Concerns and Problems of Students: A Regional Perspective’ by Elizabeth Tapia and ‘A Local Perspective’ by SCM Hong Kong. ‘The Role and Vision of Future Academic Community: A Regional Perspective’ by Sandy Yule. ‘Towards a More Effective Student Ministry: A Local Perspective’ by Chung Myung-gee.
This book is a CCA-WSCF Joint Programme in 1995 marking the renewed covenant for partnership in ecumenical student ministry in the Asia-Pacific making a joint statement in affirming their common vision. Based on the theme, ‘To build and to plant’ is recalled from the prophecy of Jeremiah describing God’s action through the words of the prophet. While there was a message of calling there was also a need to root out and pull down and to destroy and to throw down all these is wrong, along with the building emphasis. The programme focused on: 1) Analysing the change of student situations on campuses, especially with regards to the ideological and intellectual climate among students and academics; 2) To understand the present needs, concerns and problems of students in the context of rapid socio economic-political changes in Asia-Pacific societies; 3) To envision new ways or aims of student ministry in the light of these changes; 4) To strategize the mission of the church in the universities in view of a more substantial and effective ministry among students.
Updated from a paper presented by Bastiann Wielenga at the Regional Committee Meeting of the World Student Christian Federation Asia-Pacific, which was held in 27th June - July 5, 1991, Jakarta, Indonesia. Wielenga talks of his involvement with the Dutch SCM, from the late 50s where there were questions asked about their Christian faith in a secular society. Ten years after they started to ask very different questions concerning social justices, politics and the surging economy. Finally he also claims that erosion of student movements happen and finally died, therefore he again questions that now we have forgotten our faith and the needs of the community. Published in 1992 Welenga resurfaces the struggle of people again concerning the Gulf War and our need for justice to the people who suffer under the dual oppression of the Iraq and American Political Elite. Therefore he challenges that any student within the 1990s has to be aware of the problems calling on SCMs to revive and continue to struggle for justice among the oppression of society and the ecology brought on by the politics of war.
To affirm once again their common vision and their relationship of mutual co-operation, the Christian Conference of Asia Youth Desk (CCA) and the World Student Christian Federation Asia-Pacific Region (WSCF), held a joint programme at the YMCA Wu Kai Sha, Shatin, New Territories in Hong Kong. This was the fifth joint programme of the CCA and WSCF. The joint programme aims were to: 1) making a critical analysis of the state of education in both the church and the university; 2) affirming a vision in the light of the realities of the Asia-Pacific region; 3) planning out steps for further action to realise the vision together. With the theme “Come Youth and Student, Walk the Path of Obedience,” the fifth joint regional programme components were: a) worship; b) bible studies; c) faith reflections; d) presentation on a new socio-political vision in Asia-Pacific; e) sharing of realities in Hong Kong and Asia-Pacific; f) men and women caucuses; g) panel discussion on church and university education; h) planning workshop for the Ecumenical Global Gather of Youth and Students; I) workshops.
The World Student Christian Federation Asia-Pacific conducted the Human Resources Development ‘91 programme at the Continuing Education Centre of the University of the Philippines in Los Baños, Laguna, Philippines from 22nd April to 12th May. The theme of the programme was “…be transformed by the renewal of your mind…” The HRD is part of the WSCF AP initiative to build future leaders for the ecumenical community as well as to strengthen the constituencies. The HRD aims to equip participants with tools of analysis and to broaden their understanding of the socio-economic and political realities so that they can commit themselves to the struggles of the people. The programme content consisted of four parts: 1) workshops on resources for SCM empowerment; 2) critical review of SCM; 3) inputs, bible studies and faith reflections; presentations on patriarchy and women’s oppression, church and society, worship, liturgy and music; 4) exposure to Philippine realities.