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Regional Programme

15th Standing Committee Meeting

January 14 to 20, 2002
Jakarta, Indonesia

The Programme

The Standing Committee was held at the PGI House in Jakarta, Indonesia on January 14-20 in order to review the progress and facilitate the implementations of decisions made by 15th RCM. The SC also deliberated and approved the region’s programmes for the next two years. The SC confirmed the following programmes for 2002.

The Regional Women’s Committee (RWC) Meeting was held on 12-15 January prior to the Standing Committee Meeting. This is the first meeting for the new RWC members since their elections in the Regional Committee Meeting in 2001. The members consist of Lasma Tobing from SCM-Indonesia, Sophia Wooldridge from Australia SCM, Kaythi Min Din from SCM-Myanmar, Dayanthi Samaranayake from SCM-Sri Lanka, Glenda Rocas from SCM-Philippines and Wong Yock Leng, current Regional Women’s Coordinator.

Student Empowerment for Transformation (SET)

SET 2002 in Manila, 16-30 June:
“Searching for Alternatives in the Midst of Globalization”

The SET is a leadership formation programme of the WSCF AP that aims to train student leaders of national SCMs. SET’s most important concern is the empowerment of students to participate more actively in the life of the movements, churches and society as a whole, through developing their creative skills for personal growth and for the transformation of society as well.

The theme chosen for the SET 2002, ‘Searching for Alternatives in the midst of Globalization’ focuses on the need to critique the true meaning of globalization and find for ourselves alternatives which could be arranged in our own social, political and economic order. As such, a more humane, just, equal and free social, political and economic order that could be demonstrated in alternative living arrangements such as ‘alternative community’, and ‘alternative education’ etc. The SET 2002 has the following objectives:

WSCF AP National Coordinators’ Meeting

The next WSCF AP National Coordinators’ Meeting will be held in Pattaya, Thailand, October 2002. In this meeting, the National Coordinators will share information and exchange ideas on their programmes and activities.

Human Rights Internships

Human Rights Internship 2002

The SC selected 3 interns as follows:

  1. Dalit Desk in India SCM – Mr. Manohara Chandrasena from Sri-Lanka SCM
  2. Documentation for Action Groups in Asia (DAGA) – Mr. Pangernungba from India SCM
  3. Burma Issue – Ms. Natalia Jayne Batchelor from Aotearoa SCM

The internships will start from March, 2002.

Concerning movement building, the SC requested regional staff to explore possibility to establish SCM in East Timor. Regarding leadership crisis of Pakistan SCM, the SC recommended to seek support from National Council of Churches in Pakistan.

For the programs for 2003, the SC discussed much about the 33rd General Assembly which will be hosted by Asia-Pacific. Chiangmai was recommended as the most possible venue for the 33rd GA. The tentative date of GA is set to be in August.

The SC also agreed that in 2003, the second “School for Ecumenical Leadership Formation”(SELF) programme should be organised as the WSCF AP should continue this collaboration work with CCA. Besides those programmes, the SC discussed Human Rights and Solidarity Programme and Women Programmes in 2003.

For the several exchange and scholarship programmes, the SC selected the following candidates:

  1. WCC Bossey Study – Rev. Tsai Cheng Tao from Taiwan SCM
  2. Study Programme on Intercultural Course on Women and Society
    in the Philippines – Ms. Ningshi from Indonesia SCM

EASYNet

Ecumenical Asia-Pacific Student and Youth Network (EASYNet)
National Coordinators Meeting
May 2-10 2002 Bangkok

The EASYNet was formed in the year of 2002 in order to promote a grass-root ecumenism on local level. 6 member organisations—WSCF, YMCA, YWCA, CCA, IMCS, IYCS—in most Asian countries are actively involved in setting up the EASYNet in their countries. In order to set up the local networks on a more solid basis, the national co-ordinator in each country will be invited to the 9 days’ training meeting which will be held in Bangkok on May 2-10.

The main objective of the meeting is to understand the objectives and functions of EASYNet and also to follow up the recommendations from ASYG 2000, which will eventually lead to a deeper understanding on the objectives and function of EASYNet. Moreover, the meeting aims to build a strong network that will support and nurture the EASYNet constituencies.