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BWA General Council Resolution 2006.3

The General Council of the Baptist World Alliance, meeting in Mexico City, July 3-8, 2006:

Notes again the great urgency of the HIV/AIDS crisis and laments that 65 million people have been infected and more than 25 million people have died of HIV/AIDS in the past 25 years.

Acknowledges that worldwide the disease disproportionately affects women, children and those living in poverty.

Values the many expressions of holistic care given to those living with HIV/AIDS around the world by members of the Baptist family.

Welcomes the fact that Baptist World Aid regards HIV/AIDS as a priority for this Quinquennium.

Calls upon all Baptists to help end ignorance, stigma and isolation by providing accurate information and open discussions of all issues related to HIV/AIDS.

Urges conventions, unions and churches to promote sexual abstinence outside of marriage, faithfulness within marriage, healthy communities and caring fellowships.

Encourages every Baptist church to become a safe place where one can acknowledge one’s HIV status and receive loving care, support, and encouragement without fear of isolation.


Original Source Bibliography: Lotz, Denton, editor. Baptist World Alliance 2006 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory. Falls Church, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 2006.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Denton Lotz, ed., Baptist World Alliance 2006 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory (Falls Church, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 2006), pp. 76-77.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA General Council Resolution 2006.3 HIV/AIDS Crisis;

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA General Council Resolution 2006.3).

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