The Australian Student Christian Movement (ASCM)
The Australian Student Christian Movement (ASCM) is an ecumenical movement of tertiary students, university faculty and senior friends with a history in Australia dating back over a hundred years. It is an affiliate movement of the World Student Christian Federation (WSCF), an international federation of over 100 national movements spanning six WSCF regions: Africa, Asia-Pacific, Europe, Latin America and Caribbean, Middle East and North America.
In 2004 the General Assembly of WSCF affirmed the following statement as the guiding vision of the federation:
The WSCF is a global community of Student Christian Movements committed to dialogue, ecumenism, social justice and peace. Its mission is to “empower students in critical thinking and constructive transformation of our world by being a space for prayer and celebration, theological reflection, study and analysis of social and cultural processes and solidarity and action across boundaries of culture, gender and ethnicity.”
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UC Forum: Open Dialogue and Inclusive Action in the Uniting Church in Australia, and with friends of the UCA
The Lay Forum is a free movement of men and women who have been brought together by Christian faith and commitment to the future of the church and the world, and particularly to the future of the Uniting Church. It aims to bring together people asking questions about the Christian faith. It encourages the church into a realistic re- assessment of the way it engages with the modern world.
The Lay Forum gives expression to a considered, respectful and contemporary voice for the progressive thinkers in the church. The Forum addresses many critical issues including education, theology and praxis, communication and governance. It seeks to represent this significant and growing group of people present in many congregations, as well as those who have become exiles from the church, with integrity.
The Lay Forum follows the example of similar organisations which have been successful in past years in other parts of the world (for example the Progressive Spirituality Networks) and which appear to be in the early stages of development in every State in Australia.
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