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BWA General Council Resolution 2013.1

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

RECEIVES with concern the news that one of the world’s great statesmen has fallen ill and has been placed on life-support;

ACKNOWLEDGES that President Nelson Mandela is an extraordinary leader through whom God enabled a peaceful transition in a country divided by “race” and ethnicity and heading toward civil war;

NOTES that, together with Archbishop Desmond Tutu and others, he led a truth and reconciliation process, based on values consistent with the Gospel that set an example for other leaders;

OFFERS prayers for peace and healing for President Mandela, his family, and the people of South Africa; and

Inspired by Mandela’s belief in human rights and justice for all, CALLS on Baptists to follow Mandela’s example of courage, grace, truth and reconciliation in our dealings with others.


BWA General Council Resolution 2013.1 Nelson Mandela

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. 138.

BWA General Council Resolution 2013.1

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