Baptist World Alliance, BWA News Release

Human Rights Day observed in December

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Human Rights Day observed in DecemberBaptist World Alliance Human Rights Day will be observed on December 6 and 7, depending on whether Baptists worship on Saturday or Sunday.

The observance coincides with the anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights that was adopted by the United Nations on December 10, 1948.

During this year’s commemoration, Baptists are encouraged to commit to the cause of human rights in their communities, countries and around the world through prayer, advocacy and representation; to repent of complicity in human rights abuses through negligence or participation; and to give voice to the voiceless, hope to the hopeless and to broker peace where peace is lacking.

The intention is to have the greatest amount of Baptists worldwide observing Human Rights Day as part of the Advent celebration. Baptist churches and institutions are encouraged to incorporate the Human Rights Day Litany in their worship services and other activities.

The litany and other resources are available on the BWA website at

Congregations are encouraged to share their Human Rights Day experiences on the BWA Facebook group page, on Twitter using the handle @TheBWA, or by emailing [email protected].

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© November 5, 2014

The Baptist World Alliance, founded in 1905, is a fellowship of 253 conventions and unions in 130 countries and territories comprising 51 million baptized believers in 176,000 churches. For more than 100 years, the Baptist World Alliance has networked the Baptist family to impact the world for Christ with a commitment to strengthen worship, fellowship and unity; lead in mission and evangelism; respond to people in need through aid, relief, and community development; defend religious freedom, human rights, and justice; and advance theological reflection and leadership development.