Why I Support SCM

As one of the oldest ecumenical student organisations in Britain, SCM has shaped the lives of thousands of people over the years. Whether through involvement in local groups at university, national events and campaigns, or working and volunteering for the charity, people have encountered an inclusive community witnessing to the love of God, growing in their faith along the way.

Here are just a few of the stories from SCM Friends on how the movement has influenced them and why they support us today.

Revd Jennifer Hurd

At a time in my life when the world was starting to open up for me, SCM helped it to open up still further. The movement enabled me to explore, articulate and practice the intuitive and instinctive convictions that were developing within me about theology, ecumenism, peace and justice, feminism, worship, internationalism and inter-faith relations. SCM allowed me to develop leadership and facilitation skills; it confirmed me in my own denominational identity so that I could work widely in the ecumenical scene, and it gave me some of the best friends and some of the greatest laughs and most fun times I've ever had. Such experiences are needed by students just as much now as they were thirty-odd years ago, if not more so.

For all these reasons, and for the sake of God's Kingdom, I support SCM.

Robert Smith, alumni of SCM Glasgow

SCM is in my blood. My father was SCM Scottish Secretary in the 1920s and knew its founder, Tissington Tatlow. I joined SCM myself as an undergraduate, and finished up as secretary of the Glasgow branch in the early 1960s. I have fond memories of vigorous discussion meetings, which helped to form and mature my understanding of Christianity, and of retreats, both on the Ayrshire coast and as a member of Scottish Council.

One of my most memorable communion meals was at a Scottish Council weekend in Dundee, with everyone sitting round a table and passing bread and wine from one to another. We also held weekly hunger lunches (bread and cheese fundraising events for charity), which were a great way of socialising and meeting people from other years and other faculties. I have followed the fortunes of SCM ever since, and I am pleased to see that over the last few decades it has recovered the vigour that it had in the 1960s.

Rosie Venner, alumni of SCM at the University of Birmingham

SCM nurtured and challenged my faith as a student, encouraging me to listen and learn from the diversity of the SCM community, which helped me approach God and scripture afresh.

After every national conference or gathering I would come away with a notebook full of scribbled thoughts, hopes, questions, prayers and lists of books to read! Alongside the call to reflection we were always prompted to respond – to ‘hold a newspaper in one hand and the Bible in the other’ – and to discern what it meant to live out our faith in the world. This led me to a deep passion for climate justice – and it is thanks to SCM that today my faith sustains my activism and vice versa.

As a student member of SCM I was thankful to the many generations of SCMers who continued to support the movement through prayer and funding, enabling us to be nurtured and challenged as they had been years before – and that’s why I am now proud to be a Friend of SCM and to join that long line of witnesses to what God is doing through SCM and in the lives of students today.

Rachel Blackamore, alumni of SCM York

SCM played a huge part in helping me to think more deeply about my faith whilst I was at York University. It provided a challenging and thought-provoking community – many of those people are still close friends today. I support SCM as a friend because I want others to have that same experience and be challenged in the same way.

Supporting SCM Today

You can support the movement today by becoming an SCM Friend and supporting us with a financial gift.

Become an SCM Friend

If you were part of the movement in the past, we'd love to hear from you! Share your stories and memories with us - you can email us or write to us at: Student Christian Movement, 504F The Big Peg, 120 Vyse Street, The Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham, B18 6NE.