Religious and Racial Minorities

Religious and Racial Minorities

BWA General Council Resolution 1987.2

The General Council of the Baptist World Alliance, meeting in Amman, Jordan, July 5-12, 1987, l) welcomes the encouraging report of the Baptist Friendship Tour to China in 1986;

2) warmly supports the decision to plan further visits and contacts for learning and sharing with Chinese Christians; and,

3) particularly notes the deep impression made on those who shared in the visit by the way in which the Chinese people encourage minority groups to contribute to the full life of the nation.

As a Council we reaffirm our commitment to the dignity and equality of all groups before God, and therefore invite our member unions and conventions to use every opportunity open to them to advocate and defend the proper freedom and human rights of religious and racial minorities so that multi-racial and multi-religious communities can live in harmony and all may contribute positively to the good of their society.

We especially express our appreciation of the way in which the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan practices religious toleration, thus enabling members of different religions to enjoy peaceful co-existence. We pray for the blessing of God upon this land, its rulers and its people, that they may be an instrument of just and lasting peace in the Middle East.

Citations

Original Source Bibliography: Claas, Gerhard, editor. Baptist World Alliance 1987 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory. McLean, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 1987.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Gerhard Claas, ed., Baptist World Alliance 1987 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory (McLean, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 1987), pp. 59-60.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA General Council Resolution 1987.2 Religious and Racial Minorities; https://o7e.4a3.myftpupload.com/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA General Council Resolution 1987.2).

Religious and Racial Minorities

Hong Kong

BWA General Council Resolution 1996.4

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

NOTES the approaching return of the territory of Hong Kong to Chinese control effective July 1, 1997; and

RECOGNIZES that some perceive this event as potentially traumatic, while others are more optimistic about a new experiment in plural socio-economic systems co-existing within a single nation; and

ENCOURAGES the Christian churches of Hong Kong and China to seize the opportunities presented by this change; and

PLEDGES its continued prayerful support for our sisters and brothers in Hong Kong and China, and ASKS the officers of the Alliance to monitor the situation and respond with appropriate initiatives.

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. 102-103.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA General Council Resolution 1996.4 Hong Kong; https://o7e.4a3.myftpupload.com/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA General Council Resolution 1996.4).

Religious and Racial Minorities

Final Resolution

BWA World Congress Resolution 1955.7

This final session of the Jubilee Congress of the Baptist World Alliance rejoices to record an attendance of over 8,500 delegates, representing Baptist communities in every continent and over sixty lands. It welcomes in particular the participation of a delegation from the Baptists of the Soviet Union.

Our joy would have been complete could we have had with us brethren from China, Rumania, Poland, Hungary, Czechoslovakia and Bulgaria, all of which lands have been represented at several of our former congresses.

We assure the Baptists of all lands of our remembrance, particularly those who may have been hindered from coming to the Congress by the refusal of travel permits. We deeply deplore restrictions placed on religious witness and fellowship, whether on ecclesiastical or other grounds. We think with concern of brethren suffering imprisonment and persecution and assure them of our continued efforts on their behalf and our constant prayers.

Citations

Original Source Bibliography: Ohrn, Arnold T, editor. Golden Jubilee Congress (Ninth World Congress), London, England, July 16-22, 1955. London: The Carey Kingsgate Press Limited, 1956.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Arnold T. Ohrn, ed., Golden Jubilee Congress (Ninth World Congress), London, England, July 16-22, 1955 (London: The Carey Kingsgate Press Limited, 1956), p. 372.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA World Congress Resolution 1955.7 Final Resolution; https://o7e.4a3.myftpupload.com/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA World Congress Resolution 1955.7).