Several hundred Baptists are to attend the Baptist World Alliance Annual Gathering in Vancouver, Canada, from July 4-9.
The Annual Gathering brings together an international group of Baptist leaders, theologians, teachers, pastors and other representatives for worship, fellowship, study, theological reflection and decision meetings.
This is the first Annual Gathering since the Baptist World Congress in Durban, South Africa, in July 2015 and the first to be presided over by Paul Msiza, who was elected BWA president at the congress.
Highlights will include the reception of new member organizations into the BWA from Africa, Asia and the Caribbean and a special welcome event planned by Canadian Baptists.
A communications seminar, which is open to all participating at the gathering, will explore “the use photography and videography to break down barriers and bring persons together.”
Commissions will delve into core theological matters related to Christian worship, mission, evangelism, spiritual enrichment and other ecclesial topics. Global issues related to various justice concerns such as peacemaking, migrants and poverty, among others, will be examined.
Networking and fellowship opportunities will be available as participants gather in regional meetings with fellow Baptists from Africa, Asia Pacific, Caribbean, Europe, Latin America and North America; as well as when women, men and youth meet together.
Various personnel, such as General Secretary Neville Callam, Treasurer Carolyn Fossen and BWA staff; and entities such as standing and advisory committees, will present reports.
The two governing bodies of the BWA, the Executive Committee and the General Council, will convene during the Annual Gathering.
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©June 17, 2016