The United Nations Inter-agency Task Force on Religion and Development is providing a new series of ‘FBO Spotlights’ on faith-based organizations who have UN NGO accreditation; have worked with UN entities; have active programmes promoting and supporting human rights in countries; and are working on Sustainable Development Goals-related efforts.
This month, they are shedding light on the World Student Christian Federation.
Here is the write up:
The World Student Christian Federation (WSCF) is a global community of Christian students and young adults as well as other members of the academic community dating back to 1895. WSCF is the oldest and one of the first and foremost International Ecumenical Student organizations of the world. WSCF has more than 100 national members known as SCMs (Student Christian Movements) across the globe in six regions. The WSCF Inter-regional Offices are based in Geneva and Manila, Philippines and the six regional offices are based in Asia (Hong Kong), Africa (Nairobi), Europe (Trento, Italy), Latin America and Caribbean (Buenos Aires), Middle East (Beirut) and North America (New York). WSCF has consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (UN ECOSOC), the Department of Public Information (DPI), the Human Rights Council and UNESCO.
The WSCF is a global community of Student Christian Movements committed to dialogue, ecumenism, social justice and peace. Our mission is to empower students in critical thinking and constructive transformation of our world being a space for prayer and celebration, theological reflection, study, and analysis of the social and cultural process, solidarity and action across boundaries of culture, gender, sexuality, and ethnicity. The WSCF is called to be a prophetic witness in Church and society. The vision is nurtured by a radical hope for God’s reign in history.
The WSCF focuses its work through programs and cross-cutting strategies as identified at its General Assembly held in Bogota, Colombia in February/March 2015 on the theme “We are Many We Are One, Sent Out to Build God’s Peace”. The five programs are Eco-Justice (economic, ecological, climate justice for the whole inhabited world), Higher Education, Identity Diversity and Dialogue with a focus on Human Sexuality, Gender and LGBTQ Rights, Overcoming Violence and Peacemaking with a focus on the Middle East and Interfaith Dialogue and Solidarity. WSCF’s Strategic Areas include Biblical and Theological Analysis, Advocacy and Solidarity, Ecumenical Transformative Diakonia with a focus on Migrant Justice, Capacity Development and Movement Building.
Upcoming WSCF projects include:
- A WSCF-North America Indigenous Solidarity Program to be held in Winnipeg, Canada on June 15-19
- An Interfaith Youth Conference on Peacemaking and Overcoming Violence in the Middle East to be held in Cairo, Egypt on August 1-5, 2017
- An interfaith, intergenerational and intersectional feminist theology conference to be held in Edmonton, Canada on October 20-22, 2017
- An Inter-regional Leadership Training Program on Identity Diversity and Dialogue with a focus on theology and LGBTQ rights to be held at venue to be determined in Asia in the November/December 2017