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Welcome to the WSCF 35th General Assembly, Bogotá 2015
In this section find reports, massagers, news, updates statements, resolution and recommendations on the WSCF 35th General Assembly.

1. Message, Report and Minutes – 35th General Assembly

2. IDD Report and Recommendations – 35th General Assembly

3. Policy Paper on Palestine – 35th General Assembly

4. Solidarity Statement on the 43 disappeared students of Ayotzinapa – 35th General Assembly

5. Resolution – 35th General Assembly

 

We Are Many. We Are One – Sent out to Build God’s Peace

The leading line “We are many, We are one” invites our members to consider anew this basic aspect of the Federation’s calling in today’s context.

The globalizing trend today reduces the space for true and nuanced dialogue, thus undermining and homogenizing people and cultures. Essential to WSCF’s unique calling is to work against the trends to homogenize and underplay diversity and to work for a vision of unity that includes and celebrates the many identities that we all bring.

Sent out to Build God’s Peace

The WSCF is called to witness to Christ in every generation. A part of that work is to work, struggle, and live for peace, and we know that there is no true peace unless there is justice.

In common among our students and youth around the world is the persistent mission to work for God’s peace in the world, at a time when there is overwhelming violence. Our understanding of God’s peace includes the understanding that justice must be identified and defended and at the same time that justice is not retributive in nature. There is also the understanding that to be a credible witness to God’s peace with justice, we must embody it in our own lives and community.

Our Assembly will delve into these themes and seek to discover how we may best make a contribution to peace-building in the world as a movement, and best inspire and equip students today to take up leadership roles in their SCMs, schools, churches, and communities.

Purpose:
The Assembly itself is a leadership formation experience.

Desired Outcomes:

• Increased solidarity with Colombia
• Agreement on foundational aspects of WSCF mission and vision
• Agreement on foundational aspects of WSCF identity
• Commitment to strengthening theological foundations of WSCF work and contribution
• Priority goal areas for 2015-2019
• Description and agreement on WSCF role in partnerships
• Senior Friends programme or strategy
• New officers elected, general secretary affirmed, and ExCo in place
• Decisions for necessary changes in Federation structure and processes and plan for thorough institutional change process following the General Assembly
• Reception of new movements
• Delegates and guests leave with new sense of purpose and potential, and hope for the future

Participants:
There will be a total of 180 participants including delegates from the member movements, staff, Executive Committee members, and WSCF/SCM Senior Friends, representatives of partner organizations, and guests participating.

Venue:
The Host Committee for the Assembly is led by the Presbyterian Church and includes participation by the Lutherans, Anglicans, Mennonites, YMCA, and ACT Forum, including the Lutheran World Federation.

The venue for the Assembly will be the YMCA Bogotá Auditorium.

Partners:
Our sincere thanks go out to the support so far given and pledged for the GA 2015

Organizations and Churches:
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church
Arcus Foundation
CASA
Christian Aid
Church of Sweden
Council for World Mission
Evangelical Lutheran Church of America
Episcopal Church
First Presbyterian Church in Libertyville
General Board of Global Ministries (GBGM) of the Methodist Church
Karibu
Lutheran World Federation
Methodist Church UK
National Council of Churches
Princeton University Chapel
SCM Australia
SCM Austria (Evangelische Hochschulgemeinde in Oesterreich)
SCM Canada
SCM Finland (Suomen Kristillinen Ylioppilaslitto)
SCM Germany (Evangelische Studentinnengemeinde in Deutschland)
SCM Korea (Korean Student Christian Federation)
SCM Hong Kong
SCM Ireland
SCM Italy (Federazione Giovalile Evangelica Italiana)
SCM Malaysia
SCM Norway (Norges Kristelige Studentforbund)
SCM Romania (Romanian Christian Orthodox Students Association)
SCM UK
SCM Taiwan
United Church of Canada
United Church of Christ
United Methodist Women
US Trustees of WSCF
YMCA Bogota
Waldensian Church
WCC Commission on World Mission and Evangelism
WSCF Canada
WSCF Centennial Fund
WSCF North America Region

Designated funding for the WSCF General Assembly 2015

Individuals:
George Abraham, India/USA
Michael Adee, USA
Betsy Anderson, Canada
Jennifer Janzen Ball, Canada
Clare Chapman, USA
Joya Colon, USA
Brandon Cook, USA
Bronwyn Claire, Australia
Geoffrey Dice, Canada
Colin Dwyer, USA
Alice Hageman, USA
Michael Hanna, Ireland
Smith Heavner, USA
Christine Housel, USA
Ellie Hummel, Canada
Vinod Johnson, India/USA
Youhanna Kamal, Egypt
Desiree’ Kameka, USA
Luciano Kovacs, Italy/USA
John Lindner, USA
Bruce MacLeod, USA
Derrick McQueen, USA
Horacio Mesones, Uruguay
Ann Ng, Australia
Dan Ortega, Mexico
Toddie Peters, USA
Bungaran Saragih, Indonesia
Salters Sterling, Ireland
Ann Teicher, USA
Corrie van der Ven, USA
Eilidh Whiteford, Scotland
Thomas Wieser, Switzerland
Carol Wood, Canada
Ralph Carl Wushke, Canada