El Salvador

El Salvador

BWA General Council Resolution 1981.3

The Baptist World General Council, meeting in the Caribbean:

  1. Has observed with profound concern and apprehension the continuing suffering and oppression of many in El Salvador;
  2. Expresses its utmost sympathy with all those who are caught up in the present conflict.
  3. Encourages the member bodies of the Alliance to pray and work for the establishment of lasting peace with justice and the welfare of the entire people;
  4. Expresses community with those who strive for social and economic reform and a bridging of the gap between the rich and the poor.
  5. Condemns the use of oppressive measures, arbitrary arrests, and other brutal acts and calls for a concerted effort to be made by peaceful means to bring about a negotiated settlement which will lead to national elections, representative government and a workable land reform.
  6. Urges that military aid, in terms of weapons and personnel from whatever sources, be terminated on a bilateral basis forthwith and that renewed efforts be made to bring about a political rather than a military solution to this conflict. Keywords

BWA; Conflict; El Salvador; Human Rights; Hunger; Justice; Oppression; Peace; Poverty.

BWA General Council Resolution 1981.3

Citations

Original Source Bibliography: Claas, Gerhard, editor. Baptist World Alliance 1981 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory. Washington, DC: Baptist World Alliance, 1981.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Gerhard Claas, ed., Baptist World Alliance 1981 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory (Washington, DC: Baptist World Alliance, 1981), p. 39.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA General Council Resolution 1981.3 El Salvador; https://o7e.4a3.myftpupload.com/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA General Council Resolution 1981.3).

El Salvador

Peace and Peaceful Change

BWA General Council Resolution 1982.6

We express our grave disappointment over the breaches of international peace which have occurred in the past twelve months, especially but not limited to, the situation in the Falkland Islands-Islas Malvinas, and in Lebanon, Somalia, El Salvador and Afghanistan, among others.

We name our Christian commitment to Shalom and to a Kingdom of God perspective exposing social injustice and inviting change toward more justice as an alternative to violence and war. We pray that the world Baptist community will accept courageously its Christian calling as peacemakers (Matt. 5:9) and interpret the calling as a pro-active as well as a reactive stance. We recognize that the willful destruction of human life and human values must be opposed.

We are grateful that both the Baptists of the Argentine and of Great Britain and Ireland kept alive the oneness in Christ despite other differences they may hold and prayed for one another.

We voice a concern over acts of terrorism, assassinations, and the taking of hostages all of which have posed potential threats to peace and stability, as well as being unconscionable assaults upon the individuals concerned.

Citations

Original Source Bibliography: Claas, Gerhard, editor. Baptist World Alliance 1982 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory. Washington, DC: Baptist World Alliance, 1982.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Gerhard Claas, ed., Baptist World Alliance 1982 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory (Washington, DC: Baptist World Alliance, 1982), p. 75.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA General Council Resolution 1982.6 Peace and Peaceful Change; https://o7e.4a3.myftpupload.com/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA General Council Resolution 1982.6).

El Salvador

El Salvador

BWA General Council Resolution 1992.5

The General Council of the Baptist World Alliance, meeting in Montego Bay, Jamaica, July 4-12, 19922;

HAVING received a report from the Baptist World Alliance Human Rights Delegation to El Salvador in January, 1992, and also from our Baptist sisters and brothers in that troubled country;

CELEBRATES with profound thanksgiving to God the signing on January 16, 1992, of agreements between the Government of El Salvador and the Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front (FMLN) to bring about a cease-fire and to move toward national reconciliation;

SHARES the hopes of all people in El Salvador seeking the establishment of a truly lasting peace;

AFFIRMS the continuing support for the members of church and humanitarian organizations who, during the period of the war, risked their own lives and security in order to assist victims of war and injustice;

CONVEYS special appreciation and love to the Baptist Association of El Salvador and its member churches for their faithfulness and courage in difficult times;

EXPRESSES grave concern at continuing reports of human rights violations and corruption of the judicial system at the highest levels;

URGES the government and the FMLN, in consultation with all sectors to continue working for reconciliation and reconstruction, demonstrating goodwill be securing the speedy and complete implementation of the accords ensuring respect for human rights, human integrity, the full exercise of democratic liberty and the solution of the socio-economic injustices which give rise to the war; and,

CALLS upon the governments of the developed nations to contribute generously to reconstruction, development and democracy in El Salvador, and to halt all military aid to El Salvador.

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. 173.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA General Council Resolution 1992.5 El Salvador; https://o7e.4a3.myftpupload.com/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA General Council Resolution 1992.5).

El Salvador

Humanitarian Crisis of the Mass Migration of Unaccompanied Minors in the Americas

BWA General Council Resolution 2014.6

The General Council of the Baptist World Alliance {BWA), meeting in Izmir, Turkey, July 9-11, 2014:

ACKNOWLEDGES the human tragedy of the recent flood of unaccompanied minors to the United States who risk their lives in search of safety, economic resources and justice;

VOICES ITS CONCERN for these unaccompanied minors who are victimized by separation from their families, economic exploitation, lack of medical care and education, discrimination, and who are sometimes subjected to a hostile host environment;

REAFFIRMS the BWA Resolution 16 of 2013 on Displaced Persons of 2013 and its call to the governments of the countries involved to seek together a comprehensive approach to the underlying issues across the region that contribute to this social and human tragedy;

MAINTAINS that this is not primarily an issue of unprotected borders, but a humanitarian crisis affecting the countries of origin and all of the United States, especially the states of California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas, as the principal receiving country;

CHALLENGES the churches in the region to practice hospitality and charity as they regard each minor as a neighbor and child of God;

  • Whereas, United States Customs and Border Protection agents have apprehended more than 46,000 unaccompanied minors since October 1, 2013 and estimates apprehensions this year may reach 90,000; and
  • Whereas, increasing numbers of minors are coming from the Central American nations of Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador, where poverty is widespread and violence is rising; and Whereas, these children, once in the United States, require proper care and supervision; and
  • Whereas, the United States has an overburdened immigration court system and a confusing policy framework; and
  • Whereas, unaccompanied minors who come to the United States often end up staying for years before their cases are resolved; and
  • Whereas, some communities have expressed hostility toward these children; and
  • Whereas, these children are not at fault either for the circumstances in their home countries or for the confusion created by human smugglers and American policy;
  • Therefore be it resolved, the Texas Baptist Christian Life Commission encourages [Baptists] to remember the many biblical injunctions about caring for the “stranger” or immigrant, as reflected in the words of Jesus, “I was a stranger and you welcomed me;”

JOINS its voice with theirs to urge BWA member bodies and churches to:

  1. Respond to the need for spiritual support and pastoral services for these children;
  2. Create welcoming communities in the various places where these unaccompanied minors are
    being housed;
  3. Communicate with their Latin American networks that the journey is dangerous and
    misinformation is being spread about the situation that awaits these minors in the United States;
    and
  4. Promote seasons of prayer for the people of Central America, for the children who are traveling
    to the United States and for all those responding to this human tragedy.

Citations

Original Source Bibliography: Callam, Neville, editor. Baptist World Alliance 2014 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory. Falls Church, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 2014.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Neville Callam, ed., Baptist World Alliance 2014 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory (Falls Church, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 2014), pp. 142- 144.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA General Council Resolution 2014.6 Humanitarian Crisis of the Mass Migration of Unaccompanied Minors in the Americas; https://o7e.4a3.myftpupload.com/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA General Council Resolution 2014.6).