Resolution on Race Relations

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BWA World Congress Resolution 1960.1

The Baptist World Congress of 1934 declared that there is in Christ an all-embracing unity, so that in Him there is “neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all,” and He condemned every form of oppression or unfair discrimination toward the Jews, toward colored people, or toward subject races.

At this Baptist World Congress in 1960, we reaffirm the conviction stated in that resolution. We express our gratitude to God for the measure of progress which has been made in the improvement of race relations. Nevertheless, we recognize that in some parts of the world much still remains to be done, and the situation is grave.

We call, therefore, upon our Baptist people around the world to live above race prejudice and to take the lead in abolishing racial discrimination and removing the indignities of racial segregation and the caste system wherever these still exist.


Original Source Bibliography: Ohrn, Arnold T, editor. Tenth Baptist World Congress, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, June 26-July 3, 1960. Nashville: Broadman Press, 1961.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Arnold T. Ohrn, ed., Tenth Baptist World Congress, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, June 26-July 3, 1960 (Nashville: Broadman Press, 1966), p. 300.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA World Congress Resolution 1960.1 Resolution on Race Relations;

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA World Congress Resolution 1960.1).

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