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

Appreciation

BWA General Council Resolution 2009.1

The General Council of the Baptist World Alliance, meeting in Ede, the Netherlands, July 27- August 1, 2009;

Offers sincere thanks to the Union of Baptist Churches in the Netherlands for the invitation to hold this Annual Gathering in Ede on the occasion of the 400th anniversary of the first Baptist congregation, formed in Amsterdam in 1609;

Expresses thanks to Albrecht Boerrigter, General Secretary of the Union of Baptist Churches in the Netherlands, to its President, Jannes Hofman, and to its former General Secretary, Anne de Vries, for their leadership and diligent efforts in making arrangements for the meeting;

Expresses appreciation to all the Baptists of the Netherlands, and especially to the tour hosts and volunteers from the churches for their gracious reception of Baptist representatives from throughout the world;

Thanks all who led in worship and the many other Baptists who provided leadership in various ways during the week;

Commemorates the founding and growth of the Baptist movement in the Netherlands, remembering John Smyth and Thomas Helwys, pastors of the earliest Baptist church in Amsterdam, and recalling with gratitude the welcome and hospitality given by Dutch Mennonites to this congregation in exile;

Prays God’s continued blessings on the Baptist World Alliance as we strive to be disciples of Christ in the new situation of our world today, in faithful succession to the Baptist witnesses to the Gospel who have gone before us.

Citations

Original Source Bibliography: Callam, Neville, editor. Baptist World Alliance 2009 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory. Falls Church, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 2009.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Neville Callam, ed., Baptist World Alliance 2009 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory (Falls Church, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 2009), p. 138.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA General Council Resolution 2009.1 Appreciation; https://o7e.4a3.myftpupload.com/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA General Council Resolution 2009.1).

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

The Centenary of the German Baptists

BWA World Congress Resolution 1934.2

107. An Address was given by Prof. C. Schneider, Germany, on the subject: “The Centenary of the German Baptists.”

108. The following Resolution was moved by Dr. J. W. Bradbury, U.S.A.:

“The Fifth Baptist World Congress recognizes a Divine Providence in the fact that it is meeting in Berlin in the centenary year of the German Baptist Movement. The members recall with deep gratitude that one hundred years ago in Hamburg seven persons received New Testament baptism. These covenanted with one another to form a Biblical Church, solemnly choosing and initiating J. G. Oncken as their pastor, a man evidently called and chosen by the grace of God to become the Apostle of the Baptist Communion in the European Continent, and whose life and service were blest in such rich measure that, when he died, 30,000 Baptists mourned him as a spiritual father. The members of this Congress unite in praising God for all that Christ the Lord has accomplished through the Baptist fathers J. G. Oncken, J. Köbner and G. W. Lehmann, to the honour of God and to the healing of souls. The German Baptist movement, in the first hundred years of its history has held aloft the primitive Christian principle, “One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism,” and has gathered multitudes of adherents about this standard.

“The members of the Fifth World Congress rejoice with the Ger-man Baptists that the Baptist movement has persisted m the land of the Reformation, that a flame of truth once extin-guished in blood again burns clearly, and that the work of the Baptists enjoys today public recognition and honour. They pray the Lord who lives and works in His Church to grant their German brethren blessing and victory in the Gospel, so that the second century of their history may see such inward and outward advance in the work of the Lord as shall accord with His promise to His flock, “It is your Father s good pleasure to give you the Kingdom.”

109. The Rev. Boris Busilov, Rumania, seconded the Resolution. 110. The Resolution was supported by Mr. John Nuveen, U.S.A. 111. Hymn 1 was sung.

112. The foregoing Resolution was put to the meeting and was carried unanimously.

Citations

Original Source Bibliography: Rushbrooke, J. H., editor. Fifth Baptist World Congress: Berlin, August 4- 10, 1934. London: Baptist World Alliance, 1934.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: J. H. Rushbrooke, ed., Fifth Baptist World Congress: Berlin, August 4-10, 1934 (London: Baptist World Alliance, 1934), pp. 12-13.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA World Congress Resolution 1934.2 The Centenary of the German Baptists; https://o7e.4a3.myftpupload.com/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA World Congress Resolution 1934.2).

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

Human Rights Based on the Work of Anabaptist Richard Overton

BWA General Council Resolution 2013.15

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

REMEMBERS that the Bible honors displaced persons, including the people of Israel who lived as exiles for forty years before entering Canaan (Exodus 13ff.), and who later experienced displacement, loss and trauma when exiled to Assyria and Babylon (e.g. 2 Kings 24:10-16), and the Lord Jesus Christ who, with his family, experienced life as a displaced person (Matthew 2:13-23);

RECALLS that Scripture collectively describes the church of Jesus Christ as “foreigners and exiles” (1 Peter 2:11), and that the early leaders of the church were oppressed, attacked, imprisoned and deported for their faith and because of the threat they were perceived to pose to the centers of religious and political power;

AFFIRMS that the Bible teaches followers of Jesus to welcome the stranger among them and to respond with love and justice to the plight of displaced persons, including those who are temporarily displaced, internally displaced, or forced out of their homeland into exile (Micah 6:8; Matthew 22:34-40; 25:35, 40; Romans 12:13; Hebrews 13:1-3);

ENCOURAGES Baptists to uphold the human rights of all people at all times, including the rights of displaced persons, asylum seekers and refugees;

CALLS UPON governments to uphold universal human rights and develop just and compassionate policies with provisions for:

  • access to the protections afforded to displaced persons in international law including non– discrimination with respect to religious and ethnic identity;
  • access to adequate psychological, social, and medical care;
  • ensuring that displaced persons whose claim for refugee status has been denied are treated fairly while awaiting repatriation;

URGES governments to use peaceful means to address human rights violations in countries of origin and to pursue policies to strengthen regional cooperation and expand protection of displaced persons;

ENCOURAGES political leaders to demonstrate ethical and non-partisan leadership in policy debates on immigration and the global movement of displaced persons; and

ENCOURAGES Baptists to act as advocates for displaced persons and to develop plans to respond with compassion and hospitality to the needs of displaced persons.

Citations

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), pp. 150- 151.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA General Council Resolution 2013.16 Resolution on Displaced Persons; https://o7e.4a3.myftpupload.com/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA General Council Resolution 2013.16).

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

Global Baptist Mission

BWA General Council Resolution 2012.3

The General Council of the Baptist World Alliance, meeting in Santiago, Chile July 2-7, 2012:

REMEMBERS the 1812 journey of Adoniram and Ann Hasseltine Judson and Luther Rice to Asia to serve as missionaries;

ACKNOWLEDGES the leadership of the Holy Spirit under whose guidance these three Christians to become adherents of the Baptist tradition; and

REJOICES that God inspired these three in the formation of the General Missionary Convention of the Baptist Denomination in the United States of America for Foreign Missions in 1814 that helped to transform Baptists in North America to a missionary people;

GIVES THANKS to God for the Judsons and their impact upon the world missionary movement;

GIVES THANKS to God for the churches in Myanmar that have flourished and persevered in bearing witness to Christ since the planting of the gospel in their midst by the Judsons;

CELEBRATES the participation of Baptists around the world in the joyful proclamation that “God was in Christ reconciling the world to himself’ (2 Cor. 5:19, NRSV) and in the manifestation of the kingdom of God through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth;

CELEBRATES the many thousands of Baptist Christians who have responded to the call to mission following in the footsteps of early missionaries such as George Liele, William Carey, Johann Gerhard Oncken and the Judsons;

REJOICES in the millions of brothers and sisters around the world who have come to know Jesus as their savior through the work of missionaries and whose lives have been touched by ministry initiatives in education, health, and agricultural development; and

PLEDGES support through the giving of ourselves, our prayers and our gifts to the cause of Christian mission around the world.

Citations

BWA General Council Resolution 2012.3 Global Baptist Mission

Original Source Bibliography: Callam, Neville, editor. Baptist World Alliance 2012 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory. Falls Church, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 2012.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Neville Callam, ed., Baptist World Alliance 2012 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory (Falls Church, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 2012), pp. 149- 150.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA General Council Resolution 2012.3 Global Baptist Mission; https://o7e.4a3.myftpupload.com/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA General Council Resolution 2012.3).