Resolution on Haiti

Resolution on Haiti

BWA General Council Resolution 2013.8

The General Council of the Baptist World Alliance meeting in Ocho Rios, Jamaica, July 1-6, 2013:

ACKNOWLEDGES that the Republic of Haiti was the first, and for a long time, the only state in the world to recognize equality of rights for all human beings regardless of gender, economic condition or any other consideration;

LAMENTS that the country was weakened by the trade embargo imposed by major world powers and by France’s demand of an indemnity of 150,000,000 gold francs in exchange for recognition of Haitian independence;

REGRETS that the people of Haiti have suffered much since their declaration of independence and their simultaneous abolition of slavery within their land;

NOTES that frequent natural disasters have adversely affected the nation’s welfare and, since the earthquake of January 12, 2010, world attention has been drawn to the plight of the Haitian people, many of whom are unemployed and suffering and their land and environment are degraded by decades of over- exploitation.

GIVES THANKS FOR the support given by the international community and the Christian World Communions in response to the earthquake;

JOINS the Caribbean Baptist Fellowship in encouraging members of churches of the Caribbean Diaspora, especially those of Haitian origin, to lobby their governments in order to alleviate the stress stringent regulations, such as visa restrictions, place on the Haitian people; and

CALLS UPON Baptists to maintain advocacy for the alleviation of the suffering of the Haitian people.


Original Source Bibliography: Callam, Neville, editor. Baptist World Alliance 2013 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory. Falls Church, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 2013.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Neville Callam, ed., Baptist World Alliance 2013 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory (Falls Church, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 2013), p. 143.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA General Council Resolution 2013.8 Haiti;

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA General Council Resolution 2013.8).

Resolution on Haiti

Regarding Peace

BWA World Congress Resolution 1911.4

“That this Baptist World Alliance, representing eight millions (8,000,000) and more of Baptists all over the earth, expresses its thankfulness to God for the brightening prospects of the extinction of war and the arrival of universal peace and good will.


“The Alliance places on record its profound gratitude to the President of the United States for the proposal of unlimited arbitration in all in-ternational disputes, and for his repeated and sustained efforts to get that proposal accepted not only by England but by other countries also.


“The Alliance is also grateful for the cordial and enthusiastic welcome given to that proposal by the British Cabinet and Parliament irrespective of party, and by the representatives of Germany and France, and trusts that nothing will be wanting to establish at an early date a permanent arbitral court for the settlement of all questions amongst nations which cannot be disposed of by the ordinary methods of diplomacy.


“Further, the Alliance, recognizing that it is the duty of the subjects of the Prince of Peace to lead in such pacific work, rejoices in the re-sponse made by our churches all over the world to these endeavors, and urges them to continue to pray for peace, to check everything in the press and in national life calculated to cause strife among the nations, to protest against the extension of the warfield into the air, and to promote in every way possible the spirit of brotherhood and love.”


Original Source Bibliography: Philadelphia Committee, editor. The Baptist World Alliance Second Congress: Philadelphia, June 19-25, 1911. Philadelphia: Harper and Brother Company, 1911.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Philadelphia Committee, ed., The Baptist World Alliance Second Congress: Philadelphia, June 19-25, 1911 (Philadelphia: Harper and Brother Company, 1911), p. 149.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA World Congress Resolution 1911.4 Regarding Peace;

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA World Congress Resolution 1911.4).