Peace

Peace

BWA Executive Committee Resolution 1968-08.1

Whereas, Peace is a Christlike characteristic and should be the personal goal of every Christian, expressing itself in one’s peace with God and with his fellowmen, and

Whereas, As Christians we should quest lastingly for peace at every level as we foster peace among individuals, among citizens of various countries, and ad- vocate peace among the world’s governmental bodies, and

Whereas, We are a 20th century people who have fallen far short of such a worthy Christian ideal, which failure has witnessed devastating wars and has brought violent deaths to many, hunger to more, and unbearable hardship to untold multitudes, and

Whereas, There are now areas of conflict raging in many parts of the world such as in Vietnam, the Middle East, Nigeria and others, and

Whereas, Tensions are currently mounting in yet other areas involving nearly all of the continents and threatening to erupt into open armed conflict at any moment, thereby jeopardizing the safety of persons, the security of nations and the peace of the world, and

Whereas, As Christians we are admonished by Christ to be peacemakers among men, and in our hearts we yearn desperately so to be and do:

Be it therefore resolved that we as members of the Baptist World Alliance Executive Committee assembled in annual session in Monrovia, Liberia, this first day of August 1968 do hereby affirm and declare that:

1. We express publicly our burden and distress that as civilized people, among whom dwell many confessed Christians, we have been able to achieve so little peace and have witnessed so much violence and bloodshed in our days.

2. We proclaim to the world our deep feeling that war as a means of permanent solution is untenable, and we believe that any peace that is not based on justice and righteousness is equally untenable and dangerous.

3. We commit ourselves anew to much prayer on this matter, urging fellow Christians to do the same, imploring God’s guidance as we deal with matters of such import, praying for national leaders, for our enemies and for ourselves, beseeching that God lead us, even to the point of his inter-vention in the affairs of men and nations, that his will might be done.

4. We quest diligently to be informed Christian citizens in the changing international situations, in the causes of war and concerning factors which make for peace.

5. We seek to give every possible guidance to our families, friends, and constituent conventions with the view of developing plans and programs for personal reading, for family discussion and for church educational use in the hope of building spirit and understanding on a sustained basis as we strive for peace in the whole world in our time.

6. Further, in regard to present conflicts in Vietnam, Nigeria, the Middle East and other places as well, we appeal to our members to uphold urgently in prayer all those working for speedy and just solutions.

Keywords

BWA; Conflicts; Justice; Middle East; Nigeria; Peace; Vietnam.

Citations

Original Source Bibliography: Nordenhaug, Josef, editor. Baptist World Alliance: Minutes of the Meeting of the Executive Committee Held at Monrovia, Liberia July 30-August 1, 1968. Washington, D.C.: Baptist World Alliance, 1968.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Josef Nordenhaug, ed., Baptist World Alliance: Minutes of the Meeting of the Executive Committee Held at Monrovia, Liberia July 30-August 1, 1968 (Washington, D.C.: Baptist World Alliance, 1968), pp. 42-43.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA Executive Committee Resolution 1968-08.1 Peace; https://o7e.4a3.myftpupload.com/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA Executive Committee Resolution 1968-08.1).

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Ministry of Reconciliation

BWA General Council Resolution 2008.5

The General Council of the Baptist World Alliance, meeting in Prague, Czech Republic, July 20- 25, 2008;

Expresses deep sadness and regret over religious and ethnic conflicts that claim many lives and create deep scars in different parts of the world;

Rejoices in significant efforts in bringing together divided communities to seek forgiveness, genuine reconciliation and mutual respect;

Encourages dialogue between different faith and ethnic groups to promote peace and harmony in society;

Calls on all Baptists to exemplify the spirit of our Lord Jesus Christ and, as reconciled people, to fulfill a ministry of reconciliation in the world.

Citations

Original Source Bibliography: Callam, Neville, editor. Baptist World Alliance 2008 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory. Falls Church, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 2008.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Neville Callam, ed., Baptist World Alliance 2008 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory (Falls Church, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 2008), pp. 132- 133.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA General Council Resolution 2008.5 Ministry of Reconciliation; https://o7e.4a3.myftpupload.com/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA General Council Resolution 2008.5).

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Appreciation

BWA General Council Resolution 1983.6

This Council expresses its deepest appreciation:

  • to the government of Argentina for its gracious welcome and its readiness to grant visas to all participants;
  • to the officers and churches of the Convenciòn Evangèlica Bautista Argentina for the careful preparations, warm welcome, generous hospitality and interpretation service;
  • and to the staff and officers of the Alliance for their loyal commitment and organization which have insured the success of the meetings. It shares the concern of the people of Argentina for all who are victims of the disastrous floods in the northeast, and commits itself to prayerful support and continued economic aid for them. It also looks forward with eager anticipations to the world conference of Baptist young people in July 1984, believing that this can be an effective contribution to international harmony and peace. It shares with the Baptist in other Christian groups in Argentina their encouragement at the Government’s commitment to establish a constitutional government within agreed terms. It prays with them that the new government which will be elected in October will establish justice based on love and respect for others, will ensure religious freedom, and will work to remove all obstacles that may hinder the free exercise of basic human rights. Finally this Council prays for God’s blessing on the nation of Argentina and upon the ministry and mission of the Convenciòn Evangèlica Bautista Argentina in the coming years.

Citations

Original Source Bibliography: Claas, Gerhard, editor. Baptist World Alliance 1983 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory. Washington, DC: Baptist World Alliance, 1983.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Gerhard Claas, ed., Baptist World Alliance 1983 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory (Washington, DC: Baptist World Alliance, 1983), p. 64.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA General Council Resolution 1983.6 Appreciation; https://o7e.4a3.myftpupload.com/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA General Council Resolution 1983.6).

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Landmines

BWA General Council Resolution 1997.3

The General Council of the Baptist World Alliance meeting in Vancouver, Canada, July 3-9, 1997,

NOTES with horror that currently in excess of 100 million anti-personnel land mines are deployed in more than 70 countries, with a further 100 million stockpiled by governments;

EXPRESSES profound dismay that for every land mine removed, 25 are newly placed;

REGRETS the consequences of their deployment, including a reported 800 deaths and 1,200 maimings each month;

DEPLORES the fact that in a world of poverty and need, while it costs only $3 to deploy a land mine, $1000 is required to eliminate one so that removing those already positioned will probably require hundreds of years and billions of dollars;

BELIEVES that the deployment of land mines represents a particularly vicious aspect of warfare, first because the principal victims are innocent civilians of all ages, and secondly because their legacy causes destruction and misery long after conflicts have come to an end;

AFFIRMS actions by more than 60 national governments which have agreed to ban land mines;

URGES those which have not done so to implement a total ban on the manufacture, sale stockpiling and use of land mines;

ENCOURAGES the member unions and conventions of the Baptist World Alliance and their local churches to investigate whether their respective governments have agreed to ban the production and use of land mines and if necessary to secure their commitment to join the community of nations pursuing the elimination of this scourge.

Citations

Original Source Bibliography: Lotz, Denton, editor. Baptist World Alliance 1997 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory. McLean, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 1997.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Denton Lotz, ed., Baptist World Alliance 1997 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory (McLean, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 1997), p. 128.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA General Council Resolution 1997.3 Landmines; https://o7e.4a3.myftpupload.com/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA General Council Resolution 1997.3).

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Congratulations to Former USA President, Jimmy Carter

BWA General Council Resolution 2003.2

The General Council of the Baptist World Alliance, meeting in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, July 7-12, 2003:

RECOGNIZES the importance of the work of Baptists throughout the world, individually and collectively, to bring peace and justice to all of the people of God;

ACKNOWLEDGES the tireless efforts of former President Jimmy Carter to bring about peace and justice in the world;

CONGRATULATES former President Carter for receiving the honor of the Nobel Peace Prize for “untiring efforts to find peaceful solutions in international conflicts, to advance democracy and human rights and to promote economic and social development.”

Citations

Original Source Bibliography: Lotz, Denton, editor. Baptist World Alliance 2003 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory. Falls Church, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 2003.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Denton Lotz, ed., Baptist World Alliance 2003 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory (Falls Church, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 2003), p. 88.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA General Council Resolution 2003.2 Congratulations to Former USA President, Jimmy Carter; https://o7e.4a3.myftpupload.com/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA General Council Resolution 2003.2).