July 2-7, 2006
WSCF Asia-Pacific successfully held its 17th Regional Committee Meeting (RCM) from July 2 to 7, 2006 at the CBCB Center in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The meeting was attended by 25 representatives from the member movements, officers, staff, and guests of the federation. The representative from the national movements were; Tim Ngui, Australia SCM; Cherry Sarkar, Bangladesh SCM; Biyaya Quizon, SCM Philippines; Anucharn Siroros Thailand SCM; Nariko Fukuda, Student YMCA Japan; Kim Yoon Dong, Korean Student Christian Federation; Abigail Koh, SCM Singapore; Goklas Nababan, GMK Indonesia; Gopala Kitnan Immanuel, SCM Sri Lanka; Phanou Khiev, Cambodia Student Christian Mission; Antonio da Silva, Movimento Estudante Cristao Timor Leste; Tsang Lok Yan, SCM Hong Kong; Yu Chi Yun SCM Taiwan; Tun Tun Oo University Christian Work Myanmar. Others present as observers were; Rinku Biswas, Bangladesh SCM; Diom Bang joo, KSCF.
WSCF AP Standing Committee members and staff who joined the meeting were; Roger Gaikwad (Chair); Tamara Bernard (Vice-chair); Nina Nayoan (ExCo). Necta Montes Rocas, Regional Secretary; Wong Yock Leng, Regional Women's Coordinator.
The 17th RCM began with an opening worship organized by the host movement, Bangladesh SCM and led by Rev. Sourov Folia and Rev. Suchitra Behera, senior friends of SCM Bangladesh and SCM India respectively. The worship celebration included colorful presentation of Bangladesh traditional songs, dances, and prayers and reflection on the meaning of the RCM chosen theme: Responding to the Empire: Becoming Signs of God's Reign". Rev. Suchitra Behera, in her message challenged the participants to become the "Signs of God's Reign" through active participation and immersion among the marginalized and oppressed people in our communities.
The worship was followed by the keynote address by Dr. Wati Longchar, CCA WCC consultant on theological education based in India.
The following were some of the major decisions accomplished by the RCM:
The RCM unanimously approved the recommendation made by the Pakistan Movement Visiting Team, Necta Montes Rocas, Regional Secretary and Marshal Fernando, senior friend/former WSCF Chairperson, to reactivate the relationship between WSCF and SCM Pakistan. This decision was made after the positive recommendation was made by the Visiting Team observing changes in the leadership of the movement and visible student leadership and activities in the campuses with some 1,500 student membership nationwide and supportive senior friends.
Strengthening Theological Formation and Solidarity Action of SCMs