Statement on Angola

Statement on Angola

BWA Executive Committee Resolution 1961-06.1

Authorized by the Executive Committee of the Baptist World Alliance
At Wake Forest, North Carolina
June 29, 1961

The Executive Committee of the Baptist World Alliance meeting in Wake Forest, North Carolina, U. S. A., June 27-29, is shocked and grieved at the reliable and continuing reports of offenses against basic rights, dignity, property and life itself occurring in Angola.

Feeling a concern for the 10,000 Baptists, as for all people in that nation, we call upon responsible authorities at all levels to restore order and opportunity for reconciliation.

Out of our concern we instruct our Baptist World Alliance Relief Committee to offer materials of relief for the well-being of all people in distress in Angola and Angolan refugees in Congo.

Historian’s Note

The BWA Executive Committee Statement 1961-06.1 on Angola was discussed and approved for distribution and application at the 1961 Executive Committee Meeting, but the text above was published the following year and included in the 1962 Executive Committee Meeting Minutes. For a detailed description of the context and motivation for composing and approving the statement, see Josef Nordenhaug, ed., Baptist World Alliance: Minutes of the Meeting of the Executive Committee Held at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Wake Forest, North Carolina, June 27-29, 1961 (Washington, D.C.: Baptist World Alliance, 1961), p. 16.

Keywords

BWA; Aid; Angola; Conflict; Congo; Human Rights; Reconciliation; Refugees; Violence.

Citations

Original Source Bibliography: Nordenhaug, Josef, editor. Baptist World Alliance: Minutes of the Meeting of the Executive Committee Held at Oslo, Norway, August 20-22, 1962. Washington, D.C.: Baptist World Alliance, 1962.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: The text has been published in Josef Nordenhaug, ed., Baptist World Alliance: Minutes of the Meeting of the Executive Committee Held at Oslo, Norway, August 20-22, 1962 (Washington, D.C.: Baptist World Alliance, 1962), p. 21. For a detailed description of the context and motivation for composing and approving the statement, see Josef Nordenhaug, ed., Baptist World Alliance: Minutes of the the Meeting of Executive Committee Held at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Wake Forest, North Carolina, June 27-29, 1961 (Washington, D.C.: Baptist World Alliance, 1961), p. 16.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA Executive Committee Statement 1961-06.1 Angola; https://o7e.4a3.myftpupload.com/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA Executive Committee Statement 1961-06.1).

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Manifesto

BWA Executive Committee Manifesto 1962-08.1

The Executive Committee of the Baptist World Alliance assembled at Oslo, Norway, August 20-24, 1962,

CALLS on Baptists to a more dedicated obedience to Christ’s Great Commission in view of the rapidly increasing world population, the technological challenges in many lands in the nuclear age, the revival of non-Christian religions, and the challenge of modern ideologies.

REMINDS all Baptists that there are still large areas where the gospel has not yet been preached, and that the missionaries, as servants of Christ, are to regard themselves as not only serving the churches that sent them, but also the churches that receive them, thus manifesting the reality of inter church fellowship between the north and the south, the east and the west.

APPEALS to all Baptists for volunteers for missionary service in these new conditions, young men and women who, responding to the call of God, and with motives derived from Jesus Christ Himself, will either leave their own countries or move into unevangelized areas of their own land, seeking to extend Christ’s kingdom.

STRESSES the need for Christian stewardship and adequate support of denominational organizations, boards and societies, in order that they may be effective in the evangelistic and missionary tasks committed to them.

Keywords

BWA; Aid; Angola; Conflict; Congo; Human Rights; Reconciliation; Refugees; Violence.

Citations

Original Source Bibliography: Nordenhaug, Josef, editor. Baptist World Alliance: Minutes of the Meeting of the Executive Committee Held at Oslo, Norway, August 20-22, 1962. Washington, D.C.: Baptist World Alliance, 1962.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Josef Nordenhaug, ed., Baptist World Alliance: Minutes of the Meeting of the Executive Committee Held at Oslo, Norway, August 20-22, 1962 (Washington, D.C.: Baptist World Alliance, 1962), p. 30.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA Executive Committee Manifesto 1962-08.1 Manifesto; https://o7e.4a3.myftpupload.com/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA Executive Committee Manifesto 1962-08.1).

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Resolutions Submitted by Outside Groups

BWA Executive Committee Resolution 1974-08.4

Ronald Goulding reported that a copy had been received from Ronald Watts of Canada of a resolution on “Torture and Human Rights” that had been passed by the Baptist Convention of Ontario at their General Assembly. Since this is one of several resolutions already received on the subject of religious liberty and human rights,

MOTION by Ronald Goulding was seconded, and passed

EC74 that this resolution (from Baptist Convention of Ontario) be acknowledged with appreciation and put with those already received, and others expected to come, and referred to the Resolutions Committee to be appointed at the 1975 World Congress, and presented at the Congress as one general resolution.

Keywords

BWA; Human Rights; Torture.

Citations

Original Source Bibliography: Denny, Robert S., editor. Baptist World Alliance: Minutes of the Meeting of the Executive Committee Held at Louisville, Kentucky, August 6-9, 1974. Washington, D.C.: Baptist World Alliance, 1974.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Robert S. Denny, ed., Baptist World Alliance: Minutes of the Meeting of the Executive Committee Held at Louisville, Kentucky, August 6-9, 1974 (Washington, D.C.: Baptist World Alliance, 1974), p. 54.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA Executive Committee Resolution 1974-08.4 Resolutions Submitted by Outside Groups; https://o7e.4a3.myftpupload.com/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA Executive Committee Resolution 1974-08.4).

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Resolution on Religious Liberty in the USA

BWA General Council Resolution 2017.3

The Baptist World Alliance General Council, meeting in Bangkok, Thailand, July 5-7, 2017:

AFFIRMS freedom of religion and belief as a core value borne out in Baptist history and opposes all forms of discrimination based on faith or religion;

RECALLS that freedom of religion and belief is a fundamental pillar in the Constitution of the United States of America;

NOTES that the current travel ban on residents of several Muslim-majority nations raises serious concerns about religious freedom and contravenes the BWA conviction that no law should be used to discriminate on the basis of religion;

URGES President Donald Trump and the United States Government to affirm the historic commitment to religious freedom for all people as the legal process around the travel ban continues; and

CALLS upon Baptists in the United States to defend the cherished Baptist principle of religious

Citations

Original Source Bibliography: Callam, Neville, editor. Baptist World Alliance 2017 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory. Falls Church, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 2017.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Neville Callam, ed., Baptist World Alliance 2017 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory (Falls Church, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 2017), p. 147.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA General Council Resolution 2017.3 Resolution on Religious Liberty in the USA; https://o7e.4a3.myftpupload.com/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA General Council Resolution 2017.3).

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Resolution on Religious Freedom in Russia

BWA General Council Resolution 2017.2

The Baptist World Alliance General Council, meeting in Bangkok, Thailand, July 5-7, 2017:

REAFFIRMS our historic Baptist commitment to religious freedom as a gift of God to all people, regardless of denomination or religion; and that this same commitment is enshrined in the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights, Article 18, to which the Russian Federation is a signatory;

NOTES with great concern the passage of recent legislation that restricts evangelism and missionary work by minority faiths, which has led to a deterioration of religious freedom in Russia;

REGRETS the application of this law to make Jehovah’s Witnesses illegal as a religious denomination, labelling it as an “extremist group” and seeking to criminalize its worship;

NOTES with concern that fellow Baptists and other Christian believers in Russia have been arrested and fined during the past year due to the new laws curtailing religious liberty;

COMMENDS the response of the Russian Union of Evangelical Christians-Baptists for standing for the principle of religious freedom for everyone, even for those with whom they have deep differences, such as Jehovah’s Witnesses; and for having expressed to President Putin its “profound concern” at this violation “of freedom of conscience of tens of thousands of citizens of the Russian Federation who confess the teachings of Jehovah’s Witnesses”;

URGES the president, government and judiciary of the Russian Federation to restore the religious rights of all people, especially the Jehovah’s Witnesses, at the forthcoming Appeal of their being declared an illegal organization;

AFFIRMS the rights of all religious groups in Russia, especially religious minorities, to legally exist and to worship in freedom, as provided for in the Constitution of the Russian Federation and the United Nations Declarations on Human Rights, Article 18.

Citations

Original Source Bibliography: Callam, Neville, editor. Baptist World Alliance 2017 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory. Falls Church, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 2017.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Neville Callam, ed., Baptist World Alliance 2017 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory (Falls Church, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 2017), p. 146.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA General Council Resolution 2017.2 Resolution on Religious Freedom in Russia; https://o7e.4a3.myftpupload.com/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA General Council Resolution 2017.2).