Ecumenical Gathering about Migratory Theology in Mexico City

We are excited to present the WSCF delegation that will be participating in the Ecumenical Gathering about Migratory Theology in Mexico City from October 24 to 26, 2018.

This gathering will provide an open space for Young Theologians, University Students, and recent graduates to reflect critically about colonization, faith, pastoral care, and the church’s role in advocating for justice. One of the outcomes from the gathering is the creation of theological reflections and materials that can be used by different denominations of faith in both English and Spanish.

We pray that you find value in the training the future ecumenical leaders in developing a Prophetic Voice on the most critical issues of immigration in the region.

To donate online, please visit our website: WSCF Connect

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WSCF delegation from United States and Canada

Peace Building and Dialogue: Prophetic Call for Peace

This past August I had the privilege of attending the “The Prophetic Calling for Peace: Ecumenical Students and Youth for Sustainable Peace in the Korean Peninsula” peace conference put on by WSCF. Gathered with students and young adults from across the Asia Pacific, including Australia, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Myanmar, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, South Korea, and Taiwan, we discussed the future of peacebuilding not just on the Korean Peninsula but in our home countries as well.

Peacebuilding is counterintuitive to our neoliberal nation-states, which use intimidation and coercion to ensure “negative peace,” meaning peace without forms of direct violence such as a literal end to the war. However, “negative peace” is not true peace. Looking at South Korea, we saw how the legacy of war, colonialism, and the military-industrial complex has plagued Korean society. We saw how women and other marginalized groups are effected first and the most, both directly and indirectly, by these forms of violence. We spoke with new friends whose families have literally been divided by the division of the Peninsula, whose family histories carry large blanks. We spoke of the misogyny propagated by Korean society, looking at the Comfort Women’s struggle as forced sexual slaves by the Japanese military, how it contributed to the #MeToo movement prominent right now in the country, and how the mandatory conscription of young men feeds the patriarchal powers.

“Positive peace” is a world free from all forms of violence. It is anti-oppressive, feminist, and grassroots. We truly believe, by rejecting the destructive powers of anxiety, fear, control, and greed, that true peace can be achieved on the Peninsula. But, why stop there? How can what our Korean siblings have to teach us to be applied to our relationships with the Indigenous communities of North America? How can we work towards a new relationship between People of colour and “white” people?

True peace is intersectional and unwavering; it is not satisfied with partial justice. It is also built over a long time, with the intention of lasting. It requires challenging conversations with allies and enemies. It requires not just the oppressor to be changed, but the oppressed as well. The scariest thing about true peace is that no one is left unmoved by it.

I encourage you to read the communiqué by the delegation. It speaks to our learnings and dreams in a much fuller way than I ever could alone. It is also my hope that it may inspire you, to learn more about the issues on the Korean Peninsula, to connect with WSCF doing amazing work worldwide, and to begin to see the opportunities for conversation and relationship in your own community. Peace worker requires passionate, determined dreamers who can look ahead to the future we can build together. Hopefully, you’re one of them.

Selina Mullin

SCM Canada student leader 2018

NARA Ecumenical Gathering

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NARA Ecumenical Gathering

“Racial Justice, Sanctuary Movement and Our Prophetic Voice”


Every two-years the WSCF North America organize our Regional Assembly (NARA) to elect regional leaders and plan the actions over the coming years. This Labor Day weekend, we are expanding NARA to empowering youth leaders from a range of different denominations with a focus on tackling issues of both racial justice and immigration. The expectation is through attendance at NARA participants will:

Reflect by faith the importance to act in promoting justice for all oppressed communities. WSCF-NA is focusing on deep theological reflection and faith as a basis for action to provide a more profound footing for activism and work.

Commit to key actions in solidarity with their church community or student Christian groups. Participation in NARA is not something a participant checks off but rather a commitment to act in solidarity.

Develop lasting ecumenical friendship that will help guide and build the future of theological sound and active progressive prophetic voice and select the future NARA committee.

The NARA Ecumenical Gathering is reaching out to a number of speakers who are experts in the area of racial justice and immigration that can tackle the issue both from a policy perspective but also in a basis of faith.

Participants
The NARA gathering is designed for university student and young professionals that are active in their campus ministry or church and interested in growing deeper in their faith and social justice.

Cost includes meals and materials.
Registration $50

The full agenda and registration website will be available starting on June 18, 2018.

Scholarship available for active students between the ages of 18 to 25 years old.

 

 

Cahoots Fest 2018

Cahoots Festival will be celebrating its fifth year in existence as those gathered continue to celebrate Faith, Justice and DIY. 

This year Cahoots theme is “Leaning into discomfort “. Speakers and workshops will help you to work through important conversations that necessitate entering into spaces of discomfort – and we need to know why we’re doing this, and how to do it well.

May 4 to 6, McArthur Mills, Ontario

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February Good News

We are starting a new year with the faith and the commitment to ensure the WSCF-NA continues to be a community of students and young adults committed to embodying the radical and prophetic voice for peace, social, economic, gender and ecological justice. 
 
We will send a monthly update of what we have done, what we are planning and what where we are going to do. However, we pray that this newsletter is not just a one-way street of communications, but also you will be in touch with us. Send us your stories, accomplishments and upcoming events so that we can share with the wider community communications@wscfna.org. Also, we encourage you to follow us on our social media channels Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram
 
So far we are off to a flying start as we celebrated our Board Meeting January 5th through to the 6th in Ottawa, Canada. In addition to discussing plans and ideas for the year, the time was spent sharing in fellowship and growing a deeper connection throughout the board.

In Solidarity,

Yenny Delgado
Regional Executive for North America
Global Program Director for Advocacy and Solidarity

Your Faith on Feminism Program Report

Your Faith on Feminism was a conference held in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada in October 2017 that brought together people from countries including Canada, the U.S., India, and Mexico to explore the intersection of faith and feminism.

Read the Program Report for reflections on workshops held, a conference schedule, resolutions, thank yous, as well as the WSCF-NA Statement on Gender Identity and Sexuality.

Read the report here.

Introducing Yenny Delgado

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Yenny Delgado is serving as the new Regional Executive and Program Director for Advocacy and Solidarity for WSCF-NA.

WSCF North America Welcomes new Regional Executive and Program Director for Advocacy and Solidarity

The WSCF-NA Regional Committee is delighted to announce that Yenny Delgado has accepted the position of WSCF-NA Executive and Program Director for Advocacy and Solidarity. Yenny joined the WSCF North American Region on January 4. In her new role, she will continue the work of Luciano Kovacs, who served in this position for the last 10 years.

Yenny is a psychologist, theologian, activist, writer, and educator. She first became engaged with advocacy work through the student Christian organization in Peru (AGEUP) where she participated as a student, leader and later as a staff member.

Yenny earned her Masters in International Development, a Public and Nonprofit Management Certificate, and has more than a decade of experience working with young movements, local organizations, and churches. She has co-founded Umbrella Initiatives Foundation, a non-profit has been focused on social justice issues, equal opportunity, and access to education in Latin America and the United States.

Yenny hopes to see WSCF recognized with a growing number of churches, universities, and nonprofits throughout North America, as well as see more leadership and global perspective development for young leaders.

“I would like to thank the Search Committee for their hard work and dedication selecting our new Regional Executive. Yenny comes to us with years of experience and will help the North American Region and the WSCF implement our strategic short-term and long-term goals. On the behalf of the North American Regional Council I look forward to working with Yenny throughout her tenure and welcome her to the WSCF Family.”

Logan Boese NARC U.S. Co-Chair & Chair of the Search Committee

Our Stories: Zillah Wesley II

Inequality is everywhere, if we look closely enough. At least, that’s what Zillah Wesley has experienced, and what has motivated her to get involved in faith and social justice work with the World Student Christian Federation.

Growing up in Washington D.C., Zillah Wesley saw inequality first-hand in the school system. When she went to work with her father, an inner-city art teacher, she noticed a very different environment than she experienced at private school.

“I saw disparities,” she explained. “I had the epiphany that because of money, people were having different surroundings and different outcomes.”

Something stirred inside of her.

Fast forward to today, where she has joined in the struggle for equality both in the United States and abroad through her work with WSCF, as Communications Chair on the WSCF-NA Regional Committee.

It was just over one year ago, when Zillah and a team from WSCF travelled down to the United States and Mexico border in solidarity with Latin American migrants.

“The Border Solidarity trip gave me a new view on immigration – it’s not really a black and white issue,” she said. “They have taken the humanity out of a whole group of people.”

During the trip, she joined with hundreds of others to hold a vigil and rally outside Eloy Immigrant Detention Center, a private and controversial jail in Arizona known for holding Latin American migrants. The vigil was in memory of the 15 people who died while in detention at the facility since 2003 – with a rally in solidarity with the prisoners.

“It was intense. Thousands of people were there. You could see the shadows [of the prisoners] through the windows. They were waving their blankets and making noise.” She also attended a vigil on the US-Mexico border. As participants gathered together from both sides of the border, she joined the vigil from Mexico,

“A lot of people are about their own country, and nationalism. We are a global society, it shouldn’t be like that,” she explained. “WSCF has helped me get an international perspective on issues.They are working for love and humanity.”

“Social justice through a Christian lens is important, and I feel a lot of people forget about that. Jesus was out on the streets, you know. Jesus was with the people, about the people.”