200th Anniversary of the Passing of the Act to Abolish the Slave Trade in the British Colonies

200th Anniversary of the Passing of the Act to Abolish the Slave Trade in the British Colonies

BWA General Council Resolution 2007.1

The General Council of the Baptist World Alliance Annual Gathering, meeting in Accra, Ghana, July 2-7, 2007:

Resolves to commemorate in this historic setting the two hundredth anniversary of the beginning of the abolition of the slave trade.

Admits a long history of human enslavement that has broken families, robbed identities, stripped dignity and inflicted deep and inexpressible pain.

Confesses our own sinful silence and shameful histories of implicit and complicit involvement.

Acknowledges and appreciates those who have already publicly and formally apologized for and repented of their and their nation’s involvement in these monstrous acts against humanity.

Stands in gratitude for the numerous men and women who have struggled for truth and justice, who refused to accept the enslavement of human beings, resisted enforced oppression, and lived lives of perseverance and meaning. Although often left nameless, their collective story is truly powerful.

Calls for:

Freedom for the 27 million still trapped in modern-day slavery across the world—from Brazil to Bangkok.

Freedom from the global systems of economic injustice and exploitation that create the circumstances that foster slavery.

Freedom from all forms of racism and bigotry that debase our societies.

Freedom from our silence in the face of the above realities.

Further calls on Baptists worldwide to stand against this ongoing and pervasive evil institution, support endeavors to eradicate it, study the history in order to isolate its causes and inform our present, and compassionately minister to those trapped by it.

We resolve prayerfully to join hands together, to refuse to celebrate until freedom is found for all.

Citations

Original Source Bibliography: Callam, Neville, editor. Baptist World Alliance 2007 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory. Falls Church, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 2007.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Neville Callam, ed., Baptist World Alliance 2007 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory (Falls Church, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 2007), p. 93.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA General Council Resolution 2007.1 200th Anniversary of the Passing of the Act to Abolish the Slave Trade in the British Colonies; https://o7e.4a3.myftpupload.com/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA General Council Resolution 2007.1).

200th Anniversary of the Passing of the Act to Abolish the Slave Trade in the British Colonies

Statement of Appreciation

BWA General Council Resolution 2007.7

The General Council of the Baptist World Alliance Annual Gathering, meeting in Accra, Ghana, July 2-7, 2007:

Offers sincere thanks to the Ghana Baptist Convention for its invitation to hold the Annual Gathering in the city of Accra;

Expresses sincere gratitude to Kojo Amo, General Secretary of the Ghana Baptist Convention; Steve Asante, President of the Ghana Baptist Convention; Samuel Otu-Pimpong, Chairman of the Local Arrangements Committee; and to other Ghanaian Baptists who worked diligently to make careful arrangements and extend kind hospitality to Baptist representatives from around the world;

Expresses our appreciation to the people and workers of Ghana for their gracious hospitality to all of us.

Gives thanks to all Ghanaian Baptists who led worship music, and to other churches and Baptists of Ghana who have assisted in hosting the Annual Gathering;

Remembers the extraordinary legacy of Frank Adams, who formerly served as Regional Secretary of Africa for the Baptist World Alliance, as General Secretary of the All Africa Baptist Fellowship, as General Secretary of the Ghana Baptist Union, and who inspired many prior to his death last December 27;

Congratulates the people of Ghana as they celebrate 50 years of independence;

Thanks the Implementation Task Force and the BWA staff for their efforts in making the meeting meaningful for Baptists of the world;

Urges extension to the home, the spirit of unity established during this Annual Gathering; and

Looks forward with prayerful anticipation to the next Annual Gathering in Prague, Czech Republic, July 21-26, 2008.

Citations

Original Source Bibliography: Callam, Neville, editor. Baptist World Alliance 2007 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory. Falls Church, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 2007.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Neville Callam, ed., Baptist World Alliance 2007 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory (Falls Church, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 2007), pp. 97- 98.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA General Council Resolution 2007.7 Statement of Appreciation; https://o7e.4a3.myftpupload.com/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA General Council Resolution 2007.7).

200th Anniversary of the Passing of the Act to Abolish the Slave Trade in the British Colonies

Statement of Appreciation

BWA General Council Resolution 2006.1

The General Council of the Baptist World Alliance, meeting in Mexico City, July 3-8, 2006:

Offers sincere thanks to the Mexico Baptist Convention for the invitation to hold this Annual Gathering in this wonderful city.

Expresses gratitude to Gilberto Gutierrez, president of the Mexico Baptist Convention, and all the Mexican Baptist churches for their efforts in making this meeting possible and for the warm hospitality extended to the Baptist representatives from around the world.

Commits to pray for Mexican Baptists and the nation of Mexico during this critical period of its history.

Thanks the Implementation Task Force and the BWA staff for their hard work in making this meeting as meaningful as possible for Baptists of the world and looks forward with anticipation to the next Annual Gathering in Accra, Ghana, July 2-7, 2007.

Citations

Original Source Bibliography: Lotz, Denton, editor. Baptist World Alliance 2006 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory. Falls Church, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 2006.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Denton Lotz, ed., Baptist World Alliance 2006 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory (Falls Church, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 2006), p. 75.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA General Council Resolution 2006.1 Statement of Appreciation; https://o7e.4a3.myftpupload.com/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA General Council Resolution 2006.1).