Religious and Racial Minorities

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BWA General Council Resolution 1987.2

The General Council of the Baptist World Alliance, meeting in Amman, Jordan, July 5-12, 1987, l) welcomes the encouraging report of the Baptist Friendship Tour to China in 1986;

2) warmly supports the decision to plan further visits and contacts for learning and sharing with Chinese Christians; and,

3) particularly notes the deep impression made on those who shared in the visit by the way in which the Chinese people encourage minority groups to contribute to the full life of the nation.

As a Council we reaffirm our commitment to the dignity and equality of all groups before God, and therefore invite our member unions and conventions to use every opportunity open to them to advocate and defend the proper freedom and human rights of religious and racial minorities so that multi-racial and multi-religious communities can live in harmony and all may contribute positively to the good of their society.

We especially express our appreciation of the way in which the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan practices religious toleration, thus enabling members of different religions to enjoy peaceful co-existence. We pray for the blessing of God upon this land, its rulers and its people, that they may be an instrument of just and lasting peace in the Middle East.


Original Source Bibliography: Claas, Gerhard, editor. Baptist World Alliance 1987 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory. McLean, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 1987.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Gerhard Claas, ed., Baptist World Alliance 1987 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory (McLean, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 1987), pp. 59-60.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA General Council Resolution 1987.2 Religious and Racial Minorities;

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA General Council Resolution 1987.2).

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