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(WSCF) Asia-Pacific
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WSCF AP logoThe World Student Christian Federation (WSCF) is a worldwide ecumenical fellowship of Christian movements and student associations as well as other members of the academic community. Created in 1885 by a group of young students, it is historically the first international student organisation. It seeks to provide a worldwide ecumenical forum for students across boundaries of culture, race and religion.

Its aims may be summed up by the following excerpts from its Constitution:

to bring them (its members) into fellowship with one another in mutual service..., to strive for peace and justice in and among nations..., to work for the manifestation of the unity of the Church..., to be servants and messengers of God’s kingdom in all the world. In other words, it calls its members to live out the gospel of Jesus Christ.

The local unit of the WSCF is the Student Christian Movement or SCM. Its primary constituency includes students in the university and tertiary institutions, senior friends, members of the academic community, staff and other persons involved in churches and ecumenical work. Every branch of the SCM relates to the national movement in each country.

The World Student Christian Federation Asia-Pacific Region (WSCF AP) is one of the five regional groupings which came about when the WSCF Assembly in 1968 decided to regionalise. Aside from the WSCF Asia-Pacific Region, the other regions in the Federation are: Africa, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Middle East. As for the North American region, composed of Canada and the USA, the movements relate directly to the Inter-Regional Office (IRO).

WSCF in Asia-Pacific

The WSCF AP is composed of affiliate, associate and corresponding member movements of the WSCF in Asia and Pacific. There are presently eighteen (18) Student Christian Movements and two associated movements within the region:

The WSCF AP carries out its work in the region through a number of committees and staff. The major committees are:

  1. Asia-Pacific Committee or Regional Committee, which determines the programme priorities of the region;
  2. Regional Standing Committee, which reviews the progress and facilitates the implementation of decisions made by the Regional Committee;
  3. Regional Women’s Committee, which is responsible for the women’s programme. The full-time staff are the Regional Secretary and Regional Women’s Coordinator. Currently we have part-time staff for publications and volunteer Solidarity Work Coordinators.

The aims of the WSCF AP may be summarised in the words of Ahn Jae-Woong, a former Regional Secretary: to train and nurture members to become “academically advanced as students, theologically equipped as Christians, and ecumenically oriented as church-related persons.” To fulfill this, the WSCF AP carries out a wide range of programmes based on assessed needs of member movements and the current social realities.

Major Programmes

The WSCF AP’s partnership with the churches in Asia, through the Christian Conference of Asia (CCA), began in the 1960s with a covenant between the two bodies to work in partnership in promoting ecumenical student ministry. This covenant affirms the churches’ understanding of the SCM as the “arm” of the ecumenical movement on campuses.

Also in the spirit of partnership, WSCF AP works closely with other regional ecumenical and church agencies such as Asia and Pacific Alliance of YMCAs, Young Women Christian Association (YWCA), International Young Christian Students (IYCS) Asia, International Movement of Catholic Students (IMCS) Asia-Pacific and Asian Students Association (ASA).

 

World Student Christian Federation (WSCF) Asia-Pacific
WSCF AP website Address: WSCF Asia-Pacific Region
Unit 1-2, 18/F 280 Portland St.
Commercial Bldg., Mongkok, Hong Kong
Telephone: 852 - 2385 2550
Facsimile: 852 - 2782 3980
Email: wscfap[at]netvigator.com
URL: www.wscfap.org