As a movement we believe taking action to promote justice is something that we as Christians are called to do. We're partnering with other organisations to encourage students to take action on causes that matter to you.
We focus on two specific campaign areas at a time. Our current campaigns are:
The catastrophic effects of man-made climate change on the earth are well-known, and have been well-known for a while. Many groups and individuals have tried all sorts to lessen the human impact on the environment, but it has been more difficult to make changes at a governmental level. We believe that this crucial issue deserves our attention at this moment in time. We are also excited that there are so many brilliant initiatives out there tackling climate change that students can get involved in.
Here are some ways you can take action:
- We've teamed up with the Climate Coalition in their campaign to #ShowTheLove for our Earth. We joined them in July 2019 in their mass climate lobby to tell our politicians that it's time to take action on climate change.
- At our national gathering in Cardiff in 2019, we took direct action by asking HSBC to divest from fossil fuel with friends from the Christian Aid Collective. Find out more about their Big Shift campaign, and how you can take action in your local HSBC branch, here
- We've been joining in with local and national protests for climate justice. We have had presence at the Fridays for Future climate strikes, and XR weeks of action with Christian Climate Action. If you or your group are interested in getting involved, get in touch with us on firstname.lastname@example.org. Or if you go to any protest events, let us know and send us your pictures!
It won’t have escaped your attention that student wellbeing and mental health has become a very high profile issue recently. Universities, the Government and Charities are all working hard to improve and support the mental health of students before problems hit, and to provide a supportive environment for people to work through the challenges they face.
The Institute for Public Policy suggests that five times as many students are disclosing mental health problems to their Universities than there were 10 years ago. In 2017, The Guardian’s Student Survey found that 87% of First Year Students were struggling to cope with social or academic aspects of University life, with issues such as isolation, work/study balance and financial concerns placing highly.
Here at SCM we are committed to supporting students during their time at University, and so these challenges around mental health and wellbeing are vitally important to us. We want to help you to get the most out of your studies and for you to thrive as a person.
We’ve therefore partnered with Sheffield-based Space to Breathe to provide resources for you to deal with mental ill-health in your university. You can find 'Well Beings' in our resources section, with helpful activities and reflections to help you consider how you're taking care of your mental wellbeing, and to help you think through what support you need and where to find it.
If you're concerned about mental health in universities, check out the Uni Mental Health Day website for ideas about what you or your SCM community can do to promote better mental health provision.
'Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you' (John 14:27) Peace is a central theme of our faith, from Shalom in the Hebrew scriptures to Jesus' instruction to put down the sword. And yet, around the world, conflict, division, and war lead to immense suffering, injustice, and environmental destruction. So we're looking at what peace means to us, how we can live it out through our faith, and how we can promote it in our communities.
We're teaming up with the Fellowship of Reconcilliation to explore these things through workshops which we can run with your group. Email email@example.com to find out more.
We also campaign against the arms trade every two years at the DSEI Arms Fair in London. We've had a presence at protests there for the past 5 years, and we're hoping to be there again in 2021 - will you join us?