SCM Aotearoa 2013 Summer Update V O L U M E
YEAR AT A GLANCE 28/06/2013 Senior Friends event at St Mark’s Remuera,
11/07/2013 SCM Otago’s semester two welcome event with free burgers. 13/07/2013 SCM Victoria semester two launch event at Anglican Chaplaincy, Wellington. 15-19/07/2013 SCM lecture series at the University of Otago 21/08/2013 SCM Otago collaborative presentation with the Global Poverty Project 6-8/07/2013 SCMA National Conference at the Home of Compassion, Island Bay, Wellington.
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National Lecture 2 Series report Peter and Valonia’s travels
National Confer- 3 ence report
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Hope is a waking dream ~ Aristotle “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11 Reading these promises to Jeremiah increases my hope that God has a plan for each one of us and also has a plan
Local Unit Updates
for the ministries to which we belong. This year I was emboldened and energised by our National Conference which was the strongest it has been for many years. At the conference we recommitted to the values and ideas of what it means
to be SCM as well as planned what SCM will look like in 2014. I am confident that SCM will flourish once again in Aotearoa / New Zealand and I am proud of the role which our members and officials are playing to make this a reality. Neill Ballantyne
Farewell to our General Secretary It is with sadness that we farewell our current General Secretary Neill Ballantyne as he moves on to fulltime employment with the Otago University Students’ Association. Neill has been with us for the last three years, a period which has seen the Movement grow and strengthen. Neill said, “It is with regret that I resign from this position. I have learnt
such an incredible amount in this job and have made some incredible friendships along the way. I look forward to seeing a fresh chapter unfold as a new person comes into this role.” The National Coordinating Group has thanked Neill for his work and has begun a process to employ the next General Secretary. See below for more information.
Neill speaking at a poverty presentation held in Dunedin.
Job opening: SCMA General Secretary With the current General Secretary moving on there is now a vacancy arising for that role. The successful candidate will be a self-motivated person who can nurture and administer the national movement as well as provide encour-
agement and practical essential. This is a half-time support to growing groups equivalent position with a on campuses around the $22,000 salary. country. For a full job description and The ideal candidate will application contact the SCMA have a background in youth National Office: work or church work. firstname.lastname@example.org Proven administrative skills and self-motivation are Applications close 25th Nov.
Local Unit Updates S C M O t a g o (Rendezvous) has continued to grow and enjoy strong activities this last semester. These have included supporting the lecture series, doing collaborative events with the Global Poverty Project and Amnesty International and having a visit to the local mosque. SCM Otago has also introduced a new weekly bible-study which is being held in conjunction with All Saints Anglican Church and has seen a wide variety of attendees.
Peace demands the most heroic labour and the most difficult sacrifice. It demands greater heroism than war. It demands greater fidelity to the truth and a much more perfect purity of conscience. Thomas Merton
The group now has a leadership committee which is working hard to plan and prepare for next year as well as going through the process required to affiliate with OUSA. SCM Auckland held a Senior Friends event in June to gauge potential support for the group. Since then planning meetings have been undertaken and re launching plans have been made for early 2014.
SCM Victoria has turned over a new leaf due to greater collaboration with St Peter’s Willis St. They are now having regular dinner and discussion meetings which have contributed to a growth in energy and numbers in attendance. They will be having a meeting in early November to make plans for 2014 and are hoping to work in more closely with chaplaincy and u t i l i se t h e r e c en t l y renovated cabin.
National Lecture Series Report The National Lecture Series completed their latest chapter at the University of Otago during July. This saw three lectures put on during the same week with a great turn-out and support from the community.
therefore often ignored. This included religion in schools (a critique of the c u r r en t s y s te m ) , a b egin n e rs gu i de to nonviolent action and a look at queer theory and how it relates to biblical studies.
The series sought to promote conversations on issues which are controversial and are
Neill Ballantyne who organised the series said, “It is great to see such a diverse range of people
engaging in these lectures. There are people here from across the university and the wider community as well as some clergy. It is a great gift that we can offer to organise these lectures and promote continuing dialogue on these issues.” There are plans in place to continue the series in Wellington next year.
Peter Bargh engaging in Justice SCM Auckland member, Peter Bargh, recently r e t u r n e d f r o m th e Philippines where he represented SCMA at the WSCF Asia-Pacific’s Human Rights Justice and Peace Forum (HRJP); and, the Asia-Pacific Students and Youth Gathering (ASYG).
Both events covered a wide breadth of human rights, peace and justice
topics. An emphasis during HRJP was on education; ASYG engaged with issues ranging from ecology to militarism, human sexuality to migrant workers. Both events also had exposure times in different communities throughout Manila and its hinterland. For Peter a highlight was spending a night in the Parañaque community – his first overnight
experience of such an impoverished community. He said “Certainly my perceptions were challenged and the reality of blatant injustices and corruption in the Philippines shocked me.” Peter has committed to using these experiences to inform both his ministry and with his work in promoting social justice in New Zealand.
Valonia Dsouza is immersed in theology
SCM Otago member Valonia Dsouza recently returned from Bangkok, Thailand where she represented Aotearoa at a
Women Doing Theology conference run by WSCF Asia-Pacific and the Christian Conference of Asia. The theme of the conference was “Breaking the Chains of Violence: Journey towards Liberation and Transformation” and it focused on the struggle and abuse that women face in a patriarchal society. Part of the conference involved an exposure programme to Patpong which is one of the famous red light
districts of Thailand. Valonia said, “It was evident that these women were subjected to all forms of exploitation. What angered me the most was that there was a demand for a woman’s body to be subjected to such cruelty for someone else’s pleasure.” Valonia is committed to putting what she learnt into practice here in New Zealand where she works alongside immigrant women who face other forms of injustice and also will use her knowledge to inform activities run by SCMA.
The world is too dangerous for anything but truth and too small for
2013 National Conference Report The 2013 National Conference was held in Island Bay, Wellington last month with the theme that they may all be one. This brought in participants from Auckland, Wellington and Dunedin who came together to join in worship, bible study and planning for the coming year. One
Graveston reflected that “it was really awesome. I especially enjoyed the talk from Rev Prince about the history of ecumenism.” This talk formed the keynote for the conference and informed the planning conversations for the rest of event.
anything but love - William Sloane
set the 2014 budget and made solid plans for future activities.
The AGM component of the conference received reports,
Changes to the SCM Aotearoa Trust Board The SCM Aotearoa Trust was established to safeguard and increase the assets of SCM Aotearoa. They manage our property and endowments and also provide income to the activities of the movement. They currently hold more than $770,000 worth of assets which includes land, property and investments. The Trust has done a
fantastic job at protecting and growing these assets over the time they have existed. The Trust is currently made up of four permanent members and a student trustee who is appointed at our AGM. We would like to thank the Trust for their work and the role they play in ensuring that SCM has a strong future in Aotearoa.
It is with sadness that we have recently been made aware that two trustees are resigning. We thank Ron Cormack and Alison Grimshaw for their service as stalwarts of the Trust. If you have relevant skills and experience on Trusts and are interested in becoming a Trustee please contact the National Office.
SCM Aotearoa Taonga SCM Archives Many of us have accumulated treasure troves of SCM material over the years. You may be wondering what to do with your SCM stuff. The good news is that several libraries have SCM archives and are interested in SCM material.
The Auckland University Library, Alexander Turnbull-National Library Wellington, MacMillan Brown Library, University of Canterbury and the Hocken Library, University of Otago all have SCM collections. If you have photographs, corre-
spondence, documents, publications, posters, pamphlets, banners etc. related to SCM or WSCF that you would like a good home for, please deposit them at one of these libraries. The SCM national office can help you if need be.
Special Appeal of the SCM Cabin in Wellington The renovations to the SCM Cabin at the University of Victoria are now complete. These have included a complete paint job, repairs to the roof and gutter, repairs to the foundations, repairs to the door and a professional cleaning of the carpets.
have already been blessed to have received $750 to date.
have spent $3500 to undertake this important work and this expenditure has not been budgeted for. This leaves us in a tricky financial situation where we are unsure whether or not we will be able to run our important Ecumenical Training Programme which trains the current and future leaders of our Movement.
The future of our cabin is now secure and it will be used as an important resource for ministry and SCM activities at the campus. This has, however, come at a cost. We
We are therefore asking Senior Friends and supporters for special contributions to this project and we
Pledging your support for our Future travelling SCM students and staff
To keep up our current momentum we need your prayers and assistance.
An introduction to potential supporters,
Support could come in the form of:
Help us gain funding through trusts, grant boards, Church organisations etc.
The offer of a speaking invitation: We are keen to promote what SCMA is doing to anyone and everyone!
Send us your young people! Do you know any students who might be interested in SCM?
Sharing a skill, such as design, research etc.
Being a part of a regional committee which supports an SCM branch An offer of accommodation for The Student Christian Movement Aotearoa SCM Aotearoa PO Box 6041 Dunedin 9059 Phone: (03) 479 5445 Cell: (027) 6999712 E-mail: email@example.com Christianity you CAN believe in!
Financial support, see below for more details.
You can support the movement directly by either: A) Making a donation to the SCM Aotearoa bank account: 03 1706 0008535 00 Westpac, Upper Riccarton B)
Or by sending a cheque donation to the National Office See adjacent contact details
Or you can contribute to our endowment fund: Bequests or donations can be received by the SCM Aotearoa Trust c/o Williams Chartered Accountants P.O. Box 8575, Otautahi/Christchurch