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World Student Christian Federation launches fund for learners

July 14, 2010

GENEVA

The World Student Christian Federation has announced the launch of the Milan Opoèenský Memorial Fund, dedicated to economic, environmental and social justice.

Opoèenský, a Czech theologian and ecumenist, served as European secretary of WSCF from 1967 to 1973.

In a statement, the Milan Opoèenský Memorial Fund said it seeks to support the dynamic work that young Christians of all denominations are performing together and it will focus on those who address economic, environmental and social injustices in their schools, communities and nations.

It was initiated by Opoèenský’s former WSCF colleague and friend, the Rev. Alice Hageman.

The Milan Opoèenský Memorial Fund will support and enable young people to continue to fight for and demand economic, social and environmental justice for all persons regardless of country, religious confession, gender or race, the fund said in a statement.

The announcement coincides with transformation of two global church bodies into the World Communion of Reformed Churches in Grand Rapids, Mich.  Opoèenský served as general secretary of one of the founding groups, the World Alliance of Reformed Churches, from 1989 to 2000.

Founded in 1895, the WSCF is a global community of Student Christian Movements committed to dialogue, ecumenism, social and environmental justice.

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