Theme: Students Seeking, Engaging, Restoring Justice and Peace in Asia Pacific:
“Let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream!” (Amos 5:24)
January 27-31, Manila, Philippines
The EASYNET Annual Coordinating (CT) Team Meeting is composed of representatives of the seven member organization of EASYNET, namely, APA YMCA, YWCA, WSCF AP, CCA, IMCS, IYCS and IYCW. The CT will meet to evaluate the work of EASYNET in 2012, the status of the National Ecumenical Teams (NETs), and plan to organize the Asian Students and Youth Gathering (ASYG) in April and EASYNET Youth Week in October. The meeting will also be an opportunity to share the plans and situation of each member organization and foster greater ecumenical cooperation among the 7 organizations and turn-over of EASYNET Moderator position to another organization. The WSCF Regional Secretary will attend this meeting.
3rd week of February, Global
The 115th Universal Day of Prayer for Students will be celebrated in the 3rd week of February. This year’s theme of the UDPS is the same theme of the 10th WCC Assembly “God of Life: Lead us to Justice and Peace” with special focus on “Eco Justice”. The liturgy materials are prepared by the Latin America region (SCM Cuba) and can be downloaded from the WSCF IRO website: www.global.org and WSCF AP website: www.wscfap.org . We request you to send us a brief report with photos of your celebration at wscf[at]wscf.ch, wscfap[at]netvigator.com
February 13-20, Cairo, Egypt
The WSCF Global Staff Meeting will take place jointly with the EAP training this year. The Annual Staff Meeting is attended by the 6 WSCF Regional Secretaries, Gen. Secretary WSCF IRO, the IRO officers of the WSCF, and this year some of the EAP Commission members are expected to attend the training. The Meeting provides opportunity for the WSCF Executive Staff and Officers to share and discuss matters related to the daily work of the Federation, share reflections and evaluation of staff work and fine tune some of the difficulties in the operational work of the Staff Team and follow up of the WSCF Executive Committee Meeting in Berlin 2012. This year’s Staff and Officers Meeting is also planned to combine with the EAP training. The meeting will focus its work on the WSCF Strategic Plan, Global Fund‐raising Strategy, Global Advocacy Work and preparations for the WSCF participation during the WCC assembly in Busan, Korea and preparation for the WSCF General Assembly in 2014 in Mexico and the mandates of the Executive Committee. Attending these meetings are WSCF Regional Secretary, WSCF global Vice Chairperson Bronwyn Crowe
February 25 - March 4, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
The Coordinating Team (CT) of the AWRC is the policy/ decision making body of the organization, and is responsible for coordinating, oversight of the affairs of the organization, planning, and appointing any necessary committees. The WSCF AP and AWRC have a historical significance of working together. The Regional Women’s Coordinator of WSCF AP region is co-opted as voting member of the CT. This year the CTM meeting will take place in Indonesia, and this meeting will be attended by the Regional Women’s Coordinator, WSCF AP
March 8, Regional and Global
The month of March is dedicated for the women as we commemorate the struggle of the courageous women who fought for equality, justice, peace and development. They have paved the way for us to continue our journey for women’s emancipation. This year once again we would invite the national movements to participate and celebrate the International Women’s Day (IWD) in the National Movements with various activities. The members of the Regional Women’s Committee of WSCF AP would come up with a liturgical material to observe the event.
March 17-21, Hong Kong
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 2012-2014 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. 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
March 17-21, Hong Kong
The Human Rights Committee meeting will evaluate the programs in 2011-2012 and discuss follow-up plan for the WSCF Human Rights Program in the next two years. The HR Committee Meeting will bring together the 6 members of the HR Committee, the HR Coordinator and Regional Secretary to develop the WSCF AP Regional Human Rights Advocacy Framework and Campaign Plan for 2-13-2014. They will also revise the HRJP Training module. The Advocacy and Campaign plan produced by the meeting will be a guideline for national movements in developing their Human Rights work in the national level in the next two years. The planning workshop will also include studies on the thematic areas of the HRJP, meeting with groups and network with HR group. The committee will also decide the candidate for the HRJP coordinator.
March 20-25, Hong Kong
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-chairperson, 2 global Ex Co members, 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.
June, Hong Kong
This Training 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 RCM 2012, this year’s meeting will include a five-day training program on various skills necessary in movement work and managing an organization. The objectives of the programs are as follows:
- 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.
The Women Doing Theology is a regular effective women’s programme for the young women from the national movements. This year the WDT will be organized in the regional level. Participant attended this workshop will focus on a writing workshop. This WDT workshop is aimed to develop a module of women doing theology in order to facilitate the women and SCM in promoting ‘doing critical feminist theology’ in their national movement or their context of struggle.
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. 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. 20 to 25 young SCM members from the AP region will attend the said workshop.
The 4th ASYG will be a gathering of 150 young people from the seven member organization of EASYNET, namely: APAY YMCA, YWCA, CCA, WSCF AP, IMCS, IYSC and IYCW. With the theme, Justice and Peace Now!
The Gathering aims to achieve the following objectives:
- To create space / common platform for youth Church leaders/ students from Asia and the Pacific to celebrate, dialogue in diversity and solidarity
- To strengthen revive/revitalize Asian youth ecumenical networking and promote youth involvement in prophetic ministry of justice, Peace and various contemporary issues of Human Rights.
- To reflect on the realities of Asian Youth through youth eye’s and to challenge the youth and students to participate in promoting a culture of peace and justice in pluralistic perspectives
- To bring a prophetic voice and develop theological understanding to uphold and affirm life in its fullness in the context of an unjust society (Asia/world) to establish peace.
- To enhance the National Ecumenical teams participation in cultivating culture of peace and justice at the grassroots level.
For further information, please get in touch with the EASYNET Coordinator, Kasta Dip at kasta[at]easynetmail.info
3rd week of October
Every year, the EASYNET member organization commits itself to celebrating the “Youth Week” which aims to bring the young people of EASY Net member movement and partner organizations to 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. In recent decades, EASY Net Week is more popularly known as Asia Youth Week (AYW) Celebration among CCA Youth (NCC Youth).However after ASYG 2000,CCA felt that AYW should be more “ ecumenically” celebrated thus in 2001, the CCA and NCC youth have actively enjoined partner movements to join in the AYW celebration. In 2002, CCA officially turned over to EASY Net the initiatives of celebrating the Youth Week. In the last 5 years, EASY Net week is known as Asia Pacific Students and Youth Week (APSYW). This year we are launching the EASY Net Week this in the context of actively promoting the network among its member movement from the national leadership to its grassroots membership. The EASY Net Week can also be a venue for localized/grasroot celebration of “National Students and Youth Gathering.”
October 23 - November 8, Busan, South Korea
The WCC is developing the 2013 Busan Assembly with the concept of an “expanded ecumenical space”, inviting ecumenical organizations to hold their own leadership meetings/ events before or after the Assembly and to use this Assembly space to think creatively together about the future of ecumenism. The WSCF ExCo decided to participate and advocate fully in the WCC Assembly, apart from holding our workshop, events, ExCo meeting before the Assembly.
This will be an opportunity for SCM Korea (KSCF) to participate, contribute, and inspire and challenge its own students to a strong vision for its future and its collaboration with other partners in the ecumenical movement. This event will be attended and participated by the WSCF global executive staff, ExCo members, students from KSCF and senior friends. WSCF will participate in the WCC Youth Pre-Assembly and will have access to many of the Assembly components and meetings. During the assembly WSCF will have a “booth” to talk with people about WSCF. Madang- WSCF will lead a workshop on Eco-Justice and will hold an exhibition. UDPS will be observed with the students and senior friends gathered in the assembly.
October, South Korea
This will be a follow up of the NESCAP launched in 2010 during the CCA assembly in Kualalumpur. In anticipation of the participation of SCM senior friends and student members in the up-coming WCC Assembly in Busan, a WSCF global senior friends gathering is being planned. The Gathering aims to gather SCM Senior Friends. This is a proposed platform for the SCM Senior Friends who are actively supporting the work of the SCMs and WSCF. The Gathering aims to make national SCMs more aware of the importance and potential of the senior friends and to reconnect with them for the life and mission of the SCMs; to encourage national SCMs to locate and identify senior friends and to bring them together from time to time for sharing issues and concerns; to create a network of national SCM senior friends; and to encourage national SCMs to have programs for senior friends on a regular basis.
Possible venue and date:
1. RWP-JWP with SCM Timor Leste.
2. RWP-JWP with Nepal Contact Movement
- To identify potential women leaders in local/national SCM and to encourage their participation in movement building of SCM
- To ensure commitment to the lives and issues pertaining to women in local/national context through a process of learning and reflect critically the women’s issue in their own socio political and cultural context
- To provide space of learning the methodology of women doing theology as a way for encouragement and empowerment towards liberation and transformation
November 25 - December 10, Regional and Global
This is an international campaign starting on November 25, International Day against Violence against Women and will close on December 10, International Human Rights Day, in order to symbolically link violence against women and human rights and to emphasize that such violence is a violation of human rights. This 16-day period also highlights other significant dates including November 29, International Women Human Rights Defenders Day, December 1, World AIDS Day, and December 6, which marks the Anniversary of the Montreal Massacre. The RWC members will come up with a guide line for different activities to observe these significant days with the national movements.
April, August, December
PRAXIS is a communication tool for the WSCF and the SCM to express their views, reflections on issues and topics concerning their context. It is also a space to know about the work of the SCMs and WSCF and stay in touch with global Ecumenical Movement. Once again, we encourage the SCMs to contribute articles, news, photos, essays, poems, artwork to PRAXIS as we reach to you with more information. We hope to receive your contribution for PRAXIS.