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2009 Program and Meeting Announcement

 

EASYNet Coordinating Team (CT) Meeting

January 11 to 15
YMCA Philippines, Manila, Philippines

The EASYNet CT Meeting is the annual meeting of the regional coordinating body of EASYNet. It is composed of the representatives of the six member regional organization of EASYNet. Agenda for this CT Meeting includes review and evaluate the work of EASYNet in 2008, including the ASYG; plan for joint programs in 2009; appoint its moderator for 2009; and review applications for the new full-time Regional Coordinator of EASYNet for 2009-2010. WSCF AP is the out-going Moderator of EASYNet for 2008 and is responsible for preparing and organizing this meeting. WSCF AP Regional Secretary moderates the EASYNet CT and represents WSCF AP in this meeting.

WSCF Global Officers and Staff Meeting

February 14 to 21
Ecumenical Centre, Geneva, Switzerland

This meeting is the regular annual meeting of the WSCF Global Leadership Team, composed of the recently elected Global Officers and Regional Staff of the Federation. This meeting aims to elaborate the 2009-2012 WSCF Global strategic plan, and the 2009 Operational Plan, including the resource allocation and a capacity building plan in order to make the plan viable. Specifically, it aims to share the regional needs and priorities in order to build an inter-regional plan that is significant to the life of the SCMs around the world; to set the general criteria, program areas, objectives and expected results for the 2009-2012 period; to define the activities and resource allocation for the year 2009; to share the WSCF plans with partners in Geneva; to train the WSCF leadership in subjects significant to carry on the WSCF plans and work.

Universal Day of Prayer for Students (UDPS)
“Identity, Diversity and Dialogue”

February 15
(Global Celebration)

UDPS is celebrated annually by WSCF and its member organization since 1898. This year’s theme is “Identity, Diversity and Dialogue.” To enable the National Movements to commemorate UDPS, the WSCF Inter-Regional Office prepared a common liturgy in three languages (English, Spanish, French) for everyone to use and contextualize in each country. We invite all SCMs in the Asia-Pacific region to celebrate this day and utilize the liturgy for their national UDPS celebration. The UDPS Liturgy is available online at the regional office and IRO.

Workshop on “Asian Feminist Perspective of Leadership”

February 23 to March 1
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

This workshop will be organized by the Asian Women’s Resource Centre for Culture and Theology (AWRC). The Regional Women’s Programme of the WSCF AP is the member of the AWRC and represents WSCF AP in the CT Meetings of AWRC. The Women’s Coordinator of WSCF AP will participate in the workshop. The main objectives of the workshop are: To give space for and encourage voices of women’s experience of oppression—exclusion, marginalization and silencing; To critique and analyse the existing leadership and power structures as experienced by women; To examine the texts, traditions, theologies and ideologies that legitimize the oppression of women; To envision and articulate an inclusive Asian feminist ekklesia and alternative models of leadership. To build an Asian feminist ekklesia through practising Asian feminist leadership.

CWM Global Consultation on “Combating Human Trafficking”

March 2 to 9
New Delhi, India

The Council for World Mission (CWM), a partner organization of WSCF AP is organizing this joint Global consultation with the CWM South Asia region. CWM is committed to equipping local congregations in this fight by offering them an action plan and a toolkit with which to identify the needs in their local context and through which to develop relevant projects for combating human trafficking. The theme for the consultation is “Take home the good news: Act to Combat Human Trafficking”. WSCF AP is invited to be part of this consultation and four women and men members from SCM Cambodia, SCM Philippines, SCM Thailand and SCM Myanmar will attend in the said consultation.

“Translating Faith into Action:
Addressing Gender Issues from Dalit Tribal Perspectives”

March 10 to 19
Visakhapatnam, India

This programme is also planned to be organized by the Council for World Mission with the partner organizations. The Mission education unit has continued to address the Dalit and Tribal issue through Training in Mission and Dalit-Tribal issues were lifted up as high priorities for CWM to address in depth. As the Dalit-Tribal issues need to be addressed in a depth and in network with Churches and Organisations that are involved in addressing these issues so that a positive impact can be made by working together, CWM bring all together to address the issues related to Dalit-Tribal communities from our faith perspective through this programme. Fifty women and men from CWM Member churches in SA region, other Churches & Organizations including the CWM staff will participate in the programme. The content of the programme are: Input sessions, Bible Studies from the perspectives of Dalits and Tribals, Story Telling with success stories to motivate and stories with challenges to be encountered with hope and faith, exposure to the community for a live in experience. Two members from SCM Bangladesh and SCM Sri Lanka will participate in the event.

CCA-WSCF Joint Program Committee Meeting (CWP)

March 14 to 15
BCGH, Bangkok, Thailand

The CWP Joint Committee will evaluate the joint activities done by CCA and WSCF in previous years and plan for future joint programs. The Meeting will also be an opportunity to review the long-standing partnership between the two organizations and appoint new replacements of the CWP Joint Committee. WSCF AP representatives to this Committee are the WSCF AP Chairperson, one ExCo member and Regional Secretary.

WSCF AP Regional Women’s Committee (RWC) Meeting

March 11 to 15
BCGH, Bangkok, Thailand

The RWC is the decision making body of the Regional Women’s Programme of the WSCF AP. The women members of this committee are officially elected by the Regional Committee Meeting for the biennium 2009-2010 to represent the sub regions. Six women members from South Asia, South East Asia, North East Asia and Pacific, including the regional women’s coordinator of the WSCF AP will be meeting on the above mentioned dates. Prior to the RWC there will be two days workshop on looking at gender for the purpose of going beyond gender analysis for the women members. The objectives of the RWC are:

  • Evaluate the program and the work being done by a critical analysis and sharing on women’s issues and reporting on the women’s programmes in sub regions
  • Concrete plans for the Regional Women’s Program in the new quadrennium;
  • Implement concrete plans;
  • coordinate development on women’s work from the regional level to the national movements and to the sub-regions they represent by helping to carry out women’s program at these levels;
  • Review the process and facilitate the implementation of decisions concerning women made by the Regional Committee by:
  • drawing up specific plans for program implementation,
  • dividing areas of work among members of the Regional Women’s Committee, making recommendations concerning women for action of the Regional Committee;
  • Discussion and planning on Budget and fund raising for the next quadrennium

WSCF AP Standing Committee (SC) Meeting

March 15 to 21
BCGH, Bangkok, Thailand

The WSCF Standing Committee (SC) is the Executive Committee of WSCF AP region; it is the highest policy-making body of WSCF AP, when the Regional Committee is not in session. This is the regular biennial meeting of the officers and staff of the region composed of the chairperson, vice-chair, 2 ExCos, member-at-large and regional staff to review the mandate of the Regional Committee (RC), discuss biennial plans, review the existing policies of the region, approve the budget of the region, evaluate the over-all health of the national movements and review the vision of the Federation. This meeting will also evaluate the work and performance of the Regional Secretary in the last biennium before a recommendation of extension is given to the global Executive Committee for approval. The performance of the Regional Women’s Coordinator will likewise be evaluated before a new contract is drawn during this meeting. If you have some concerns that you want to be discussed by the Committee, please feel free to send in your ideas and suggestions to the regional office.

EASYNet National Coordinator’s Training

July 3 to 8
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

The EASYNet National Coordinators Training is a program designed for the EASYNet National Ecumenical Teams (NETS) leaders and coordinators at the national level. The program aims to accomplish the following objectives:

  • To assess the 3 year life experience of National Ecumenical Team building through case studies in order to identify the strength and past and recurring weaknesses.
  • Provide venue for National Coordinators to share their stories and problems confronted in building ecumenical network and practicing ecumenical cooperation towards mutual learning of experience.
  • Enrich the National Coordinators understanding and appreciation of ecumenical partnerships especially in the midst of poverty and violence unleashed by globalization through input discussion on the History and perspective of Ecumenical Youth Movement, Challenges and Levels of Ecumenical Cooperation and Panel Discussion on National and Youth Situation.
  • To provide venue hear and follow up the national plans and commitments made at the Asia-Pacific Students and Youth Gathering 2008.

WSCF AP Human Rights Defenders Training Workshop
“Militarism, Conflict, and Dialogue”

July 13 to 18
Dhaka, Bangladesh

The Human Rights Defenders Training Workshop for Students aims to provide students with the skills for human rights advocacy work, develop a Human Rights campaign strategy, provide them with human rights framework of analysis by looking at the varied aspects of human rights issues from different perspective (i.e. gender perspective. At the end of the workshop, the participants would have become equipped with basic knowledge and skills as Human Rights Defenders and Advocates. Specifically, the HRD Training aims to: Better understand the rights of HRDs and mechanisms to protect HRDs at national and international levels; Work for human rights in Asia-Pacific countries and gather support in campaigning these issues in the SCMs and churches in the Asia-Pacific region; Acquire and develop skills in the human rights and peace works from the SCMs, church groups, Non Government Organization (NGO) and Peace Organization (PO) in the Asia-Pacific region; Strengthen Human Rights Support Group human rights desk in the SCMs

WSCF AP Regional Women Doing Theology (WDT)
“Women's Liberation and Transformation”

September 21 to 29
Indonesia

The Women Doing Theology workshop is a space for the young women of SCMs of the Asia-Pacific Region. Feminist theology begins with our life, hence the women will be able to respond in concrete action to women’s issues in their personal level, national and sub regional contexts in relation to our faith and theological understanding from the Feminist perspective. The workshop will focus on women ‘doing theology’ emphasis on critical feminist analysis (alternative way of analysis) of the women’s issues, for the purpose of liberation and transformation from the societal bondages and structures in relation to the experiences of Asian and Pacific women’s struggles. Through this workshop, the RWP plans to consolidate women’s leadership in the SCMs and ultimately in the wider ecumenical community.

Objectives are:

  1. To strengthen and sharpen the feminist critical analysis for a more inclusive and holistic perspective of doing Theological Reflection, understanding the Bible and Theology from the Feminist Perspective among the young women leaders in the movement.
  2. To understand and relate feminist theology to social and political realities and issues experienced by women in the Asia-Pacific Region
  3. To enable and develop the skills for women leaders to conduct Bible Studies, facilitating sessions on women doing theology in the national movements
  4. To explore and develop resources on feminist Bible Studies, women doing theology, women’s stories, songs and liturgies
  5. To enable the young women leaders to contribute their knowledge and inspiration to their own National Movements and to the Federation.

School for Ecumenical Leadership Formation (SELF) 2009
“Revitalizing the Ecumenical Movement through Leadership Formation”

October 1-21
Thailand or Philippines

Generally, SELF seeks to enable participants to:

  • Sharpen awareness and analysis of the social, political and economic setting of the world in the context of Pacific societies and challenge to the churches through sharing of experiences, exposure, studies and reflections.
  • Articulate the biblical and theological perspectives on the global burning issues such as globalization, militarization/war on terror, justice, peace, ecology, feminism, etc.
  • Trace the history of ecumenical movement in the national, regional and global levels, identifying convergence, challenges and possibilities.
  • Search alternative approach to communicate and advocate ecumenical witness among students and youth in the concrete life of the peoples.
  • Strengthen ecumenical youth formation in the Pacific.

EASYNet Youth Week Celebration

3rd Week of October
(National and Regional)

EASYNet week is specifically designed week in October where young people of EASYNet member movement and partner organizations come together to reflect on issues affecting the lives of young people and to discern its Christian praxis. It is also a time to collectively celebrate our youthful journey, blessings and solidarity. The objectives are the following:

  • To help all youth movements in Asia to focus together on a common issue that is affecting youth in Asia either directly or indirectly.
  • To create a sense of awareness and solidarity among the youth in Asia in relation to their struggles through the celebration of the Asia Youth Week together.
  • To bridge gaps across countries, languages, cultures, perspectives, and focuses.
  • To encourage the youth to get involved in the struggles of peoples in Asia.

SCM National Coordinators and General Secretaries
Training and Meeting

November 1 to 15
Taiwan

This Training/Meeting will be attended by the SCM Coordinators and General Secretaries, or those that are actively engaged in SCM work at the national level. Following the recommendation of the last SCM National Coordinators and General Secretaries Meeting in 2007, this year’s meeting will include a five-day training program on various skills necessary in movement work and managing an organization. A special training module will be developed based on the training needs analysis that will be conducted three months before the program. The objectives of the programs are as follows:

Objectives:

  • Know the status and life of the national movements, identify the common trend, challenges, weaknesses and concerns;
  • Strategize for “Movement Building and Strengthening in the next 2 years;
  • Identify the current issues and concerns of the Ecumenical Movement, Youth and Student situation in the national/regional/global context;
  • Coordinate programs and activities between national movements and the region;
  • Establish camaraderie and closer links between the leaders of the SCMs and the Federation;
  • Provide training to the leaders of the SCM on movement building, organizational development and management, advocacy, fund raising, etc.

16 Day activism to observe the International Day
for the Elimination of Violence against Women

November 25 to December 10

All the SCM National Movements are invited to participate in the 16 Day activism to eliminate VAW in our communities by organizing different activities in the national and regional levels. The Regional Women’s Committee would prepare guidelines and resources for the national movements.