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Message from the Regional Office, 2005


From the Regional Secretary

Necta Montes RocasDear friends,

Greetings of Peace and Solidarity.

 In 2005, WSCF AP's main thrust has been focused on leadership formation for youth and students. WSCF used the two-pronged approach of developing the leadership potentials of individual leaders and strengthening the collective base of the national movements. Recognizing the need to strengthen the theological foundation of the SCM leaders, 4 individuals were selected to join internship programs and specialized study programs such as the Bossey Ecumenical Institute in Geneva, a Women's Internship Program in the Philippines, a Human Rights pro- gram in DAGA in Hong Kong, and theological study at the Payap Theological School in Thailand. We also conducted one of the most recent program innovation of WSCF, the School for Ecumenical Leadership Forma- tion (SELF). In this program, 16 second-line of young leaders went through a three-week intensive leadership development course in Bangalore, India.

In 2005, we strive to rebuild and strengthen new movements in Timor Leste and Cambodia by providing these young movements opportunities to learn from the experiences of the well-established movements, training pro- grams and movement interns that are assisting them in movement building. As this year ended, these movements have shown remarkable growth and stability in terms of its leadership, membership, and their ability to sustain their programs and activities.

Our Human Rights and Solidarity Programme has taken a more progressive direction with an attempt to institutionalize the Human Rights Working Group into a Committee, similar to the process that Regional Women's Committee (RWC) has gone through. This year, the Human Rights Working Group met to discuss and plan for this possibility and come up with concrete proposals on the process and rationale of the HR Working Group.

Our Regional Women's Program has taken a more aggressive approach of ensuring that the women's concern and issues are taken to heart by our member movements by conducting four joint programs with them in the following countries; Bangladesh, Timor Leste, Cambodia, Taiwan. We believe that through this approach, we can sustain women leadership and participation in the movement's life and bring about substantial changes by integrating feminist perspective in their analysis and programs.

Overall, 2005 has been a challenging and inspiring year for the Federation. Challenging because despite the constant threat of lack of resources, we were able to meet our objectives in our major programs and concluded the year in high spirits through our active engagement in the Action Week Against the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Hong Kong.

And finally we would like to thank the national movements, Standing Committee and Regional Women's Committee Members, our friends and partners in GBGM, CSM, UMC UK, CWS-NCCA, UCC, ACC, ACHEI, NCCJ, PROK, PCT, CCA, the members of Senior Friends Support Group, Rev. Shin Seung Min, who have contributed their time and resources, and worked with us in making 2005 a successful year.

Let us thank God for her blessings and guidance in 2005, and may her loving spirit continue to guide us in our ecumenical journey in 2006. Mabuhay Tayong Lahat!

Necta Montes Rocas
Regional Secretary