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BWA General Council Resolution 2013.5

BWA General Council Resolution 2013.5 Liberation Legacy of Sam Sharpe

The General Council of the Baptist World Alliance, meeting in Ocha Rios, Jamaica, July 1-6, 2013:

HONORS the occasion of the 181st anniversary of the execution of Jamaican national hero and liberator Sam Sharpe on May 23, 2013;

CELEBRATES the life of this Baptist deacon and preacher, an enslaved person and leader of the so- called Baptist?s War in Jamaica, 1831-1832, who contributed significantly to the emancipation of Caribbean people from chattel slavery and ultimately to the abolition of slavery across the British Empire;

EXPRESSES solidarity with persons living under oppressive regimes across our world today;

ACKNOWLEDGES the actions of Baptists in our own generation who champion freedom from oppression;

RE-AFFIRMS our historic Baptist commitment to freedom and justice for all, as exemplified by the sacrificial life and ministry of Sam Sharpe;

URGES governments and international authorities to respect the right of all human beings to be free from oppression;

ASSURES those who are suffering continuing vigilance and prayerful support of the global Baptist family; and

CALLS UPON Baptist churches to join the struggle for liberation and social inclusion for all, and to take concrete action against injustice wherever it is found.


BWA General Council Resolution 2013.5 Liberation Legacy of Sam Sharpe

Original Source Bibliography: Callam, Neville, editor. Baptist World Alliance 2013 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory. Falls Church, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 2013.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Neville Callam, ed., Baptist World Alliance 2013 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory (Falls Church, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 2013), p. 141.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA General Council Resolution 2013.5 Liberation Legacy of Sam Sharpe;

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA General Council Resolution 2013.5).

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