Manifesto

Manifesto

BWA Executive Committee Manifesto 1962-08.1

The Executive Committee of the Baptist World Alliance assembled at Oslo, Norway, August 20-24, 1962,

CALLS on Baptists to a more dedicated obedience to Christ’s Great Commission in view of the rapidly increasing world population, the technological challenges in many lands in the nuclear age, the revival of non-Christian religions, and the challenge of modern ideologies.

REMINDS all Baptists that there are still large areas where the gospel has not yet been preached, and that the missionaries, as servants of Christ, are to regard themselves as not only serving the churches that sent them, but also the churches that receive them, thus manifesting the reality of inter church fellowship between the north and the south, the east and the west.

APPEALS to all Baptists for volunteers for missionary service in these new conditions, young men and women who, responding to the call of God, and with motives derived from Jesus Christ Himself, will either leave their own countries or move into unevangelized areas of their own land, seeking to extend Christ’s kingdom.

STRESSES the need for Christian stewardship and adequate support of denominational organizations, boards and societies, in order that they may be effective in the evangelistic and missionary tasks committed to them.

Keywords

BWA; Aid; Angola; Conflict; Congo; Human Rights; Reconciliation; Refugees; Violence.

Citations

Original Source Bibliography: Nordenhaug, Josef, editor. Baptist World Alliance: Minutes of the Meeting of the Executive Committee Held at Oslo, Norway, August 20-22, 1962. Washington, D.C.: Baptist World Alliance, 1962.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Josef Nordenhaug, ed., Baptist World Alliance: Minutes of the Meeting of the Executive Committee Held at Oslo, Norway, August 20-22, 1962 (Washington, D.C.: Baptist World Alliance, 1962), p. 30.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA Executive Committee Manifesto 1962-08.1 Manifesto; https://o7e.4a3.myftpupload.com/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA Executive Committee Manifesto 1962-08.1).

Manifesto

Statement on Angola

BWA Executive Committee Resolution 1961-06.1

Authorized by the Executive Committee of the Baptist World Alliance
At Wake Forest, North Carolina
June 29, 1961

The Executive Committee of the Baptist World Alliance meeting in Wake Forest, North Carolina, U. S. A., June 27-29, is shocked and grieved at the reliable and continuing reports of offenses against basic rights, dignity, property and life itself occurring in Angola.

Feeling a concern for the 10,000 Baptists, as for all people in that nation, we call upon responsible authorities at all levels to restore order and opportunity for reconciliation.

Out of our concern we instruct our Baptist World Alliance Relief Committee to offer materials of relief for the well-being of all people in distress in Angola and Angolan refugees in Congo.

Historian’s Note

The BWA Executive Committee Statement 1961-06.1 on Angola was discussed and approved for distribution and application at the 1961 Executive Committee Meeting, but the text above was published the following year and included in the 1962 Executive Committee Meeting Minutes. For a detailed description of the context and motivation for composing and approving the statement, see Josef Nordenhaug, ed., Baptist World Alliance: Minutes of the Meeting of the Executive Committee Held at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Wake Forest, North Carolina, June 27-29, 1961 (Washington, D.C.: Baptist World Alliance, 1961), p. 16.

Keywords

BWA; Aid; Angola; Conflict; Congo; Human Rights; Reconciliation; Refugees; Violence.

Citations

Original Source Bibliography: Nordenhaug, Josef, editor. Baptist World Alliance: Minutes of the Meeting of the Executive Committee Held at Oslo, Norway, August 20-22, 1962. Washington, D.C.: Baptist World Alliance, 1962.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: The text has been published in Josef Nordenhaug, ed., Baptist World Alliance: Minutes of the Meeting of the Executive Committee Held at Oslo, Norway, August 20-22, 1962 (Washington, D.C.: Baptist World Alliance, 1962), p. 21. For a detailed description of the context and motivation for composing and approving the statement, see Josef Nordenhaug, ed., Baptist World Alliance: Minutes of the the Meeting of Executive Committee Held at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Wake Forest, North Carolina, June 27-29, 1961 (Washington, D.C.: Baptist World Alliance, 1961), p. 16.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA Executive Committee Statement 1961-06.1 Angola; https://o7e.4a3.myftpupload.com/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA Executive Committee Statement 1961-06.1).

Manifesto

Resolution on “Conflict Minerals”

BWA General Council Resolution 2011.3

AWARE that for 15 years the eastern region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo has been embroiled in war, with an estimated 5,400,000 having died due to the war and its effects and with an estimated 45,000 dying each month in eastern Congo from disease and hunger resulting from the ongoing conflict;

HORRIFIED that the conflict has fueled an epidemic of sexual violence – so much so that eastern Congo is now the most dangerous place in the world to be a woman or a girl because armed militias from all sides of the conflict use rape or other forms of abuse as a deliberate strategy to intimidate and control local populations; and

CONCERNED that one of the primary causes of the atrocities and conflicts in eastern Congo is greed for access to, and control of, the region’s vast mineral resources because seventy percent (70%) of the minerals (tin, tungsten, tantalum, and gold) needed for cell phones and laptops are found only in eastern Congo. We recognize that our dependence upon electronics that utilize these metals creates the demand that drives the greed.

The General Council of the Baptist World Alliance, meeting in Kuala Lumpur, July 4-9, 2011: RESOLVES to:

ADVOCATE with companies with which we do business for our cell phones and computers to work to create conflict-free supply chains and a conflict-free mining sector in eastern Congo;

ENGAGE in actions that encourage companies and individuals trading in minerals from eastern Congo to work for peace and promote justice in the region;

WORK for the resolution of the conflict in eastern Congo, and the elimination of rape and other forms of abuse as tools of war in eastern Congo; and

CALL on the worldwide Baptist family to pray for peace to be restored to eastern Congo and the adjoining regions; and on the African Union, the United Nations, and regional governments, including the government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, to address the problem of “conflict minerals,” and to restore peace and security in the region of eastern Congo.

Citations

BWA General Council Resolution 2011.3 Resolution on “Conflict Minerals”

Original Source Bibliography: Callam, Neville, editor. Baptist World Alliance 2011 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory. Falls Church, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 2011.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Neville Callam, ed., Baptist World Alliance 2011 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory (Falls Church, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 2011), pp. 133- 134.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA General Council Resolution 2011.3 Resolution on “Conflict Minerals”; https://o7e.4a3.myftpupload.com/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA General Council Resolution 2011.3).