Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr

Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr

BWA General Council Resolution 1993.3

The General Council of the Baptist World Alliance, meeting in. Harare, Zimbabwe August 6-9, 1993,

GIVES THANKS TO GOD for the life and witness of Martin Luther King Jr. in this 125th anniversary year of his tragic and untimely death;

RECALLS his dream and his call to seek change through nonviolent action, which still serves as an effective model to all who strive for more just societies, free from war and want, fear and oppression;

CALLS UPON Baptists around the world, in celebration of this anniversary, to renew the commitment to struggle nonviolently for justice and peace.

Citations

Original Source Bibliography: Lotz, Denton, editor. Baptist World Alliance 1993-1994 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory. McLean, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 1993.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Denton Lotz, ed., Baptist World Alliance 1993-1994 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory (McLean, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 1993), p. 109.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA General Council Resolution 1993.3 Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.; https://o7e.4a3.myftpupload.com/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA General Council Resolution 1993.3).

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Church Burning in the U.S.A.

BWA General Council Resolution 1996.2

The General Council of the Baptist World Alliance meeting in Hong Kong, July 3-9, 1996:

NOTES with profound concern the continuing incidents of church burning, numbering in excess of 40 within the past 18 months in the United States of America, involving congregations with African– American membership; and

DEPLORES the racism which appears to be motivating these burnings as well as the damage to community relationships and fear and uncertainty resulting from these events; and

CONSIDERS such acts to be attacks not simply upon buildings but upon the worshiping and witnessing community which risks crippling one of society’s most effective institutions for mediation and conciliation; and

REGRETS that some insurance companies are reported to have prematurely canceled coverage on such buildings; and

APPLAUDS the support provided to the affected congregations by sister churches in the United States and other nations, and

WELCOMES positive actions by government agencies and leaders in response to these burnings; and PLEDGES the prayerful support and solidarity of its member bodies to affected congregations, and

ENCOURAGES Baptist churches everywhere to commit themselves to work together as agents of healing and reconciliation to counteract the evils of racism in any form.

Citations

Original Source Bibliography: Lotz, Denton, editor. Baptist World Alliance 1996 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory. McLean, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 1996.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Denton Lotz, ed., Baptist World Alliance 1996 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory (McLean, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 1996), pp. 101-102.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA General Council Resolution 1996.2 Church Burning in the U.S.A.; https://o7e.4a3.myftpupload.com/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA General Council Resolution 1996.2).

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Resolution on Race Relations

BWA World Congress Resolution 1950.4

of the Commission on Social Justice and Human Rights

WHEREAS, The Baptist World Alliance in 1934, 1939 and 1947 condemned racial discrimination;

WHEREAS, The question of race relations is world-wide in scope and is one of the most serious and baffling problems confronting mankind today;

WHEREAS, This problem manifests itself in several unchristian ways such as discrimination against Jews in many lands, the Apartheid Movement in South Africa, the discrimination against orientals and Mexicans in some areas, and the segregation by law of Negroes in the United States;

WHEREAS, We believe that racial and cultural exploitation of one group by another leads to international conflict;

WHEREAS, Discrimination, based on religion, culture, color and race provides fertile soil for the development and spread of communism, fascism and other antisocial programs;

WHEREAS, We Baptists ourselves are not free from prejudice and discriminatory practices against racial and cultural groups in our worship and communities;

WHEREAS, We believe that discrimination and segregation based on religion, race, color and culture are ethically and morally indefensible and contrary to the gospel of Christ and the principle of freedom for which Baptists stand;

The Baptist World Alliance, a World Fellowship of Baptists, therefore:

(1) Urge our Baptist churches to examine their interracial practices and policies with a view to removing from their worship and fellowship all forms of segregation and discrimination based on race, color or culture;

(2) Urge that the Baptists of the world use their influence to have discriminatory laws repealed wherever they appear in their respective countries;

(3) Urge that Baptists everywhere seek where necessary the enactment of laws designed to safeguard the rights of oppressed racial groups;

(4) Urge that each individual Baptist throughout the world sincerely and prayerfully search his own soul with a view to freeing himself from racial and cultural prejudice and embodying in his own person the mind and spirit of Christ in all human relations—in work, business, education, government, politics, recreation, social life and religion.

Citations

Original Source Bibliography: Ohrn, Arnold T, editor. Eighth Baptist World Congress, Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.A., July 22-27, 1950. Valley Forge: Judson Press, 1951.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Arnold T. Ohrn, ed., Eighth Baptist World Congress, Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.A., July 22-27, 1950 (Valley Forge: Judson Press, 1951), pp. 340-341.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA World Congress Resolution 1950.4 Resolution on Race Relations; https://o7e.4a3.myftpupload.com/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA World Congress Resolution 1950.4).

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Racialism

BWA World Congress Resolution 1939.5

The Sixth Baptist World Congress, assembled in Atlanta, Ga., is constrained to express the judgment of Baptist people in general on the question of race relationship. The members rejoice that the preparations for the present Congress have been carried through by a joint committee of the races, and in perfect harmony.

The Congress finds that the strong and unwavering convictions which govern the attitude and policy of the Baptist World Alliance are clearly and adequately expressed in the Resolution adopted by the Fifth World Congress, which met in Berlin in 1934. It therefore solemnly reaffirms what was then stated in the following terms:

“This Congress representing the world-wide, inter-racial fellowship of Baptists, rejoices to know that despite all differences of race, there is in Christ an all-embracing unity, so that in Him it can be claimed with deepest truth there is ‘neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free, but Christ is all in all.’

“This Congress deplores and condemns as a violation of the law of God the Heavenly Father, all racial animosity, and every form of oppression or unfair discrimination toward the Jews, toward coloured people, or toward subject races in any part of the world.

“This Congress urges the promotion of Christian teaching concerning respect for human personality regardless of race, and as the surest means of advancing the true brotherhood of all people, urges the active propagation of the Gospel of Christ throughout the world.”

Citations

Original Source Bibliography: J. H. Rushbrooke, J. H., editor. Sixth Baptist World Congress Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.A., July 22-28, 1939. Atlanta: The Baptist World Alliance, 1939.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: J. H. Rushbrooke, ed., Sixth Baptist World Congress Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.A., July 22-28, 1939 (Atlanta: The Baptist World Alliance, 1939), p. 15.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA World Congress Resolution 1939.5 Racialism; https://o7e.4a3.myftpupload.com/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA World Congress Resolution 1939.5).

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Racialism

BWA World Congress Resolution 1934.7

163. Professor A.T. Ohrn, Norway, moved the following Resolution on “Racialism”

“This Congress representing the world-wide, inter-racial fellowship of Baptists, rejoices to know that despite all differences of race, there is in Christ an all-embracing unity, so that in Him it can be claimed with deepest truth there is ‘neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free, but Christ is all in all.’

“This Congress deplores and condemns as a violation of the law of God the Heavenly Father, all racial animosity, and every form of oppression or unfair discrimination toward the Jews, toward coloured people, or toward subject races in any part of the world.

“This Congress urges the promotion of Christian teaching concerning respect for human personality regardless of race, and as the surest means of advancing the true brotherhood of all people, urges the active propagation of the Gospel of Christ throughout the World.”

164. The Rev. C.E. Wilson, B.A., of England, seconded the Resolution. 165. The Resolution was carried unanimously.

Citations

Original Source Bibliography: Rushbrooke, J. H., editor. Fifth Baptist World Congress: Berlin, August 4- 10, 1934. London: Baptist World Alliance, 1934.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: J. H. Rushbrooke, ed., Fifth Baptist World Congress: Berlin, August 4-10, 1934 (London: Baptist World Alliance, 1934), p. 17.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA World Congress Resolution 1934.7 Racialism; https://o7e.4a3.myftpupload.com/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA World Congress Resolution 1934.7).