The Absence of Our Cuban Brothers

The Absence of Our Cuban Brothers

BWA Executive Committee Resolution 1969-08.3

(Presented by Bullen)

Whereas die Executive Committee of the Baptist World Alliance is composed of members from Conventions and Unions of 68 countries in which a variety of opinions and policies are currently held, we thank God for the universal fellowship and brotherhood evident in the associations of the Baptist World Alli- ance, and

Whereas it has been impossible for some of our colleagues to attend the current sessions of the Executive Committee of the Baptist World Alliance,

Be it Resolved that we record our regret at their absence and request the Baptist World Alliance staff to express our concern whenever it is appropriate, further, that we request President W. R. Tolbert to send the following messages on our behalf.

To: Sr. Manuel Salom, Sr. Marino Santos

We, your fellow Baptists from many countries of the world, are meeting here in Baden bei Wien, Austria, for the Annual Executive meeting of the Baptist World Alliance. We send to you and to all the members of your Conventions our hearty greetings in the fellowship and spirit of Jesus Christ and we greatly regret that you are not able to join with us.

To: Dr. Corneado, Department of Religion and Cult, Havana, Cuba.

Baptists from many countries of the world are meeting here in Baden bei Wien, Austria, for the annual Executive of the Baptist World Alliance. We note that representatives of the Baptist Convention of Eastern Cuba, Santiago de Cuba, and of the Baptist Convention in Western Cuba, Havana, have not been per-mitted to attend, which hinders not only the work of the Baptist World Alliance but also handicaps the efforts of the Baptist World Alliance for world peace.

Bullen stated that members of the WCC and other groups have been allowed to attend those meetings, but for some reason our brothers were not allowed to come here.

Parnell MOVED the adoption of this Resolution concerning the absent Cubans. Seconded and carried.

Keywords

BWA; Cuba; Peace.

Citations

Original Source Bibliography: Nordenhaug, Josef, editor. Baptist World Alliance: Minutes of the Meeting of the Executive Committee Held at Baden Bei Wien, Austria August 2-6, 1969. Washington, D.C.: Baptist World Alliance, 1969.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Josef Nordenhaug, ed., Baptist World Alliance: Minutes of the Meeting of the Executive Committee Held at Baden Bei Wien, Austria August 2-6, 1969 (Washington, D.C.: Baptist World Alliance, 1969), p. 57.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA Executive Committee Resolution 1969-08.3 The Absence of Our Cuban Brothers; https://o7e.4a3.myftpupload.com/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA Executive Committee Resolution 1969-08.3).

The Absence of Our Cuban Brothers

Carribean

BWA General Council Resolution 1992.6

The General Council of the Baptist World Alliance, meeting in Montego Bay, Jamaica, July 4-12, 1992:

SURROUNDED by the beauty of this part of God’s creation and conscious of the lively heritage of its diverse peoples;

ECHOING the grave concern of the Caribbean Baptist Fellowship for the present economic and sociopolitical realities of the region;

NOTES in particular and with great sorrow —

(1) a growing lack of confidence in the credibility of political leaders, resulting in widespread instability and anxiety,

(2) a desperate struggle for economic survival, with runaway inflation, high unemployment and chronic poverty,

(3) escalating rates of violent crime,

(4) the flight of capital and skills through migration,

(5) rapidly accelerating environmental degradation,

(6) the heavy burdens placed on the poor of both Haiti and Cuba by present trade embargoes,

(7) The implications for all territories in the region of the failure to resolve the tragic crisis in

Haiti, especially with respect of the demands made by the increasing exodus of refugees;

EXPRESSES our practical and loving support for Baptist sisters and brothers and all who seek to incarnate and proclaim the gospel in the midst of such turmoil;

URGES, in the spirit of merciful compassion, the speedy removal of economic sanctions which impact leaders marginally, while devastating the population at large;

CALLS UPON the governments in the Caribbean, as a matter of urgency, to further recent moves towards regional cooperation, enabling a coordinate response to the crises enumerated; and,

SUMMONS Baptists worldwide to call upon the Lord of the exodus to hear again the cries of His suffering people and to deliver them to a free and just future.

Citations

Original Source Bibliography: Lotz, Denton, editor. Baptist World Alliance 1992-1993 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory. McLean, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 1992.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Denton Lotz, ed., Baptist World Alliance 1992-1993 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory (McLean, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 1992), pp. 173-174.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA General Council Resolution 1992.6 Caribbean; https://o7e.4a3.myftpupload.com/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA General Council Resolution 1992.6).

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Southern Africa

BWA General Council Resolution 1992.7

The General Council of the Baptist World Alliance, meeting in Montego Bay, Jamaica, July 4-12, 1992;

MINDFUL of the meetings of the General Council and the 12th Baptist Youth World Conference set for Zimbabwe in August, 1993;

CALLS for urgent recognition that southern Africa is presently in the grip of the worst drought in living memory with much of Zimbabwe, Angola and Mozambique having received no rainfall for over three years, thus placing millions of God’s children at risk of imminent starvation and death;

ACKNOWLEDGES that:

• Internal instability and endemic violence in many countries of the region aggravate an already desperate situation;

• The International Monetary Fund’s demands to secure repayment of external debt, diverting production away from domestic food supply, heightens distress;

IS CONCERNED that the global community does not neglect this massive disaster; and,

URGES members of the Baptist family world-wide, most particularly those who enjoy abundance, to heed the Biblical command to share our bread with the hungry by generous and sacrificial giving through Baptist World Aid and other agencies, and with all means at our disposal to press our governments to make a swift and sufficient response to the cry of our sisters and brothers who even now prepare to welcome us to their land.

Citations

Original Source Bibliography: Lotz, Denton, editor. Baptist World Alliance 1992-1993 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory. McLean, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 1992.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Denton Lotz, ed., Baptist World Alliance 1992-1993 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory (McLean, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 1992), p. 174.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA General Council Resolution 1992.7 Southern Africa; https://o7e.4a3.myftpupload.com/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA General Council Resolution 1992.7).

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Sanctions

BWA General Council Resolution 2000.5

The General Council of the Baptist World Alliance meeting in Havana July 5-8, 2000

NOTES the pain and suffering endured by innocent persons as a result of the imposition of international economic sanctions;

RECALLS that at its meeting in Montego Bay in 1992 the Council took note of the “heavy burdens placed on the poor of … Cuba by the present trade embargo” and called for the “speedy removal of economic sanctions which impact leaders, while devastating the population at large”:

REAFFIRMS our commitment to the dignity of human beings created in the image of the triune God and underscores the urgency of the need for all nations and peoples to respect and support the human rights of all;

BELIEVES access to food and medicines is a basic human right and the denial of such access should not be used by nations as a tool of geopolitics;

ENCOURAGES the churches to take steps to express their solidarity with oppressed peoples; WELCOMES initiatives to ease sanctions on food and medicine affecting the people of Cuba; and,

CALLS UPON governments to remove economic sanctions relating to food and medicines and so contribute to human well-being and urges governments to reconsider the appropriateness of the use of economic sanctions in the effort to encourage changes in political situations.

Citations

Original Source Bibliography: Lotz, Denton, editor. Baptist World Alliance 2000 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory. McLean, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 2000.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Denton Lotz, ed., Baptist World Alliance 2000 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory (McLean, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 2000), pp. 85-86.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA General Council Resolution 2000.5 Sanctions; https://o7e.4a3.myftpupload.com/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA General Council Resolution 2000.5).

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Appreciation

BWA General Council Resolution 2000.6

The General Council of the Baptist World Alliance meeting in Havana July 5-8, 2000

OFFERS sincere thanks to the Baptists of Cuba and the local congregations in Havana for their warm welcome and generous hospitality;

ACKNOWLEDGES the gracious welcome to the Republic of Cuba given by Minister for Religious Affairs, Caridad Diego, and other representatives of the Republic;

COMMENDS and thanks Dr Victor Samuel Gonzalez Grillo, chair of the Local Arrangements Committee, and all those from the Baptist churches in Cuba who have worked in preparing for the 2000 sessions of the General Council;

APPRECIATES the inspiring leadership of our outgoing President, Dr Nilson Fanini and our incoming President, Dr Billy Kim, within the Baptist World Alliance, and

EXPRESSES gratitude to our General Secretary, Dr Denton Lotz, staff members and all those who have contributed to the successful nature of this General Council.

Citations

Original Source Bibliography: Lotz, Denton, editor. Baptist World Alliance 2000 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory. McLean, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 2000.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Denton Lotz, ed., Baptist World Alliance 2000 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory (McLean, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 2000), p. 86.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA General Council Resolution 2000.6 Appreciation; https://o7e.4a3.myftpupload.com/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA General Council Resolution 2000.6).