Resolution on HIV/AIDS

Resolution on HIV/AIDS

BWA General Council Resolution 2001.5

The General Council of the Baptist World Alliance meeting in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada, July 2-7, 2001

ACKNOWLEDGES previous General Council resolutions concerning the continuing AIDS crisis;

LAMENTS the rapid spread of the HIV/AIDS crisis, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa, the devastating impact of this disease on families and communities, and the lack of sufficient economic and medical resources to address its causes, prevention and treatment;

DECLARES that a Christian lifestyle and sexual values including the biblical model of chastity outside of marriage and fidelity within marriage is a significant means of limiting the spread of HIV/AIDS;

REAFFIRMS that regardless of the cause of infection every HIV/AIDS sufferer should have access to appropriate and adequate medical care;

CALLS upon Baptists around the world to:

  • pray for all the victims of HIV/AIDS and for those who care for and support them;
  • encourage health care workers who address the needs of those suffering from HIV/AIDS;
  • support pastors and other ministers who provide spiritual care for the sufferers of HIV/AIDS and their families;
  • encourage theological institutions to consider including in their curriculum specialized training for pastors and ministers to provide care for sufferers of HIV/AIDS and their families;
  • promote and encourage programs for education, prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS, which are consistent with biblical family values;
  • work through churches and communities to respond prayerfully, lovingly and compassionately to HIV/AIDS victims, their families and caregivers;
  • advocate funding by governments and other sources for education, prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS;
  • demonstrate Christ-like compassion for those impacted by HIV/AIDS; and

URGES Baptists to recognize and address the spiritual needs of those affected by HIV/AIDS.

Citations

Original Source Bibliography: Lotz, Denton, editor. Baptist World Alliance 2001 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory. Falls Church, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 2001.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Denton Lotz, ed., Baptist World Alliance 2001 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory (Falls Church, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 2001), pp. 96-97.

In-text Online Document Full Citation: BWA General Council Resolution 2001.5 Resolution on HIV/AIDS;

https://o7e.4a3.myftpupload.com/resolutions. In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA General Council Resolution 2001.5).

Resolution on HIV/AIDS

Baptist World Aid and the Micah Challenge

BWA General Council Resolution 2004.3

The General Council of the Baptist World Alliance, meeting in Seoul, South Korea, July 28-31, 2004:

COMMENDS the Micah network (Micah 6.8) in their desire to strengthen the capacity of aid and development agencies such as Baptist World Aid to make a biblically-shaped response to the needs of the poor and oppressed in line with the World Evangelical Alliance resolution of 2001 to support the UN initiative to halve current levels of world poverty by 2015;

SUPPORTS the desire of the Baptist World Aid Committee to co-operate with over 270 evangelical Christian organisations providing relief, development and social justice ministries throughout the world, to launch the Micah Challenge on Millennium Development Goals on 15 October 2004, the day of the launch of the UN International Day for the Eradication of Poverty;

APPLAUDS the Micah Challenge to work to see the UN Millennium Goals achieved by 2015, which include

  • addressing issues of extreme poverty and hunger,
  • achieving universal primary education for all,
  • reducing child mortality,
  • reduction of diseases such as HIV/AIDs,
  • greater gender equality,
  • protection of the environment,
  • reduction of the debt of the poorest nations,
  • greater trade justice;

ENCOURAGES the churches of the Baptist World Alliance to join with other Christians to do all we can through our unions, conventions, aid and development agencies and Baptist World Aid to join this Micah challenge with prayerful, practical action in our nations and communities;

BELIEVES Christians everywhere must be agents of hope for and with the poor, and to work with others to hold our national and global leaders accountable in securing a more just and merciful world; and,

CALLS UPON the nations of the world to take seriously the Millennium Development Goals of the United Nations in the desire to halve current levels of world poverty by 2015 and upon the richest nations to take urgent action to ensure that at least 0.7% of the national GNP is used to this end.

Citations

Original Source Bibliography: Lotz, Denton, editor. Baptist World Alliance 2004 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory. Falls Church, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 2004.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Denton Lotz, ed., Baptist World Alliance 2004 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory (Falls Church, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 2004), pp. 86-87.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA General Council Resolution 2004.3 Baptist World Aid and the Micah Challenge; https://o7e.4a3.myftpupload.com/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA General Council Resolution 2004.3).

Resolution on HIV/AIDS

Withdrawal of the Southern Baptist Convention from the Family of the Baptist World Alliance

BWA General Council Resolution 2004.4

The General Council of the Baptist World Alliance, meeting in Seoul, South Korea, July 28-31, 2004:

NOTES that the Southern Baptist Convention, meeting in Indianapolis in June 2004 voted to approve a recommendation from its Executive Committee to withdraw from the family of the Baptist World Alliance;

ACKNOWLEDGES with gratitude the enormous contribution made by the Southern Baptist Convention in the formation of the Baptist World Alliance 100 years ago and in the continued development and effectiveness of the Baptist World Alliance since its inception;

REGRETS the decision of the Southern Baptist Convention to withdraw from the world Baptist family resulting in loss of unity and a compromise of the worldwide testimony of all Baptists;

REJECTS the charges made by the SBC leadership and supports the efforts of the BWA officers and staff to respond to these charges;

HOPES for a future reconciliation and renewal of SBC membership; and WELCOMES those from the SBC who wish to participate in the life of the BWA.

Citations

Original Source Bibliography: Lotz, Denton, editor. Baptist World Alliance 2004 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory. Falls Church, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 2004.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Denton Lotz, ed., Baptist World Alliance 2004 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory (Falls Church, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 2004), p. 87.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA General Council Resolution 2004.4 Withdrawal of the Southern Baptist Convention from the Family of the Baptist World Alliance; https://o7e.4a3.myftpupload.com/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA General Council Resolution 2004.4).

Resolution on HIV/AIDS

HIV/AIDS Crisis

BWA General Council Resolution 2006.3

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

Notes again the great urgency of the HIV/AIDS crisis and laments that 65 million people have been infected and more than 25 million people have died of HIV/AIDS in the past 25 years.

Acknowledges that worldwide the disease disproportionately affects women, children and those living in poverty.

Values the many expressions of holistic care given to those living with HIV/AIDS around the world by members of the Baptist family.

Welcomes the fact that Baptist World Aid regards HIV/AIDS as a priority for this Quinquennium.

Calls upon all Baptists to help end ignorance, stigma and isolation by providing accurate information and open discussions of all issues related to HIV/AIDS.

Urges conventions, unions and churches to promote sexual abstinence outside of marriage, faithfulness within marriage, healthy communities and caring fellowships.

Encourages every Baptist church to become a safe place where one can acknowledge one’s HIV status and receive loving care, support, and encouragement without fear of isolation.

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), pp. 76-77.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA General Council Resolution 2006.3 HIV/AIDS Crisis; https://o7e.4a3.myftpupload.com/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA General Council Resolution 2006.3).