Middle East Situation

Middle East Situation

BWA General Council Resolution 1991.3

THANKFUL TO Almighty God for the cessation of open war in Kuwait and Iraq,

MINDFUL of the tragic aftermath of such hostilities in terms not only of loss of life but also of the appalling social and economic conditions prevailing in the Gulf and the long-term threat to the environment caused by oil pollution in both sea and air,

CONCERNED ABOUT the distressing plight of ethnic minorities, the prevailing thirst for retaliation and revenge, the continuing violation of human rights and the dangerously unsettled state of the region generally, and

CONSCIOUS of the wide ramifications of such matters for many underdeveloped countries as well as for the countries of the Middle East itself,

Therefore General Council of the Baptist World Alliance, meeting in Montreal, Canada, July 10- 13, 1991, resolves to URGE member bodies throughout the world:

  • to bring pressure to bear on their governments to strengthen the hand of the United Nations in its efforts to counteract aggression and to effect peaceful settlement in all areas of conflict whether or not the economic interests of powerful states are involved, and
  • to pray unceasingly and to work earnestly for a just and lasting peace in the Middle East and not least for a strong and mutual commitment on the part of Israel and the neighboring states to find a solution to the situation of the Palestinian people.

Citations

Original Source Bibliography: Lotz, Denton, editor. Baptist World Alliance 1991 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory. McLean, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 1991.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Denton Lotz, ed., Baptist World Alliance 1991 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory (McLean, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 1991), p. 37.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA General Council Resolution 1991.3 Middle East Situation; https://o7e.4a3.myftpupload.com/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA General Council Resolution 1991.3).

Middle East Situation

The Ministry of Reconciliation

BWA General Council Resolution 1994.5

The General Council of the Baptist World Alliance meeting in Uppsala, Sweden from 18-24 July 1994:

REJOICES with the world community at recent political developments where negotiation has opened the way to peaceful resolution of long-term hostility or oppression, in particular:

• the September 1993 accords between the Israelis and Palestinians

• the birth of a non-racial and truly democratic society through the April 1994 elections in South Africa

• the peaceful transition to democracy in Malawi in 1994 where Baptists and other Christian leaders played a crucial and courageous role;

EXPRESSES its hopes for further reconciliation and its acceptance of responsibility for continued support, that these gains may be firmly established and extended;

ACKNOWLEDGES the call of God in Christ to his people to be a reconciled and reconciling community;

CONFESSES with shame that throughout the Baptist family walls of hostility and fear often divide us, impeding the effectiveness of our service and eroding the power of our witness;

CHALLENGES all Baptists to repentance, prayer and costly action as they engage in the ministry of reconciliation “that the world might believe.”

Citations

Original Source Bibliography: Lotz, Denton, editor. Baptist World Alliance 1994 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory. McLean, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 1994.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Denton Lotz, ed., Baptist World Alliance 1994 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory (McLean, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 1994), p. 118.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA General Council Resolution 1994.5 The Ministry of Reconciliation; https://o7e.4a3.myftpupload.com/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA General Council Resolution 1994.5).

Middle East Situation

The Ministry of Reconciliation

BWA General Council Resolution 1994.5

The General Council of the Baptist World Alliance meeting in Uppsala, Sweden from 18-24 July 1994:

REJOICES with the world community at recent political developments where negotiation has opened the way to peaceful resolution of long-term hostility or oppression, in particular:

• the September 1993 accords between the Israelis and Palestinians

• the birth of a non-racial and truly democratic society through the April 1994 elections in South Africa

• the peaceful transition to democracy in Malawi in 1994 where Baptists and other Christian leaders played a crucial and courageous role;

EXPRESSES its hopes for further reconciliation and its acceptance of responsibility for continued support, that these gains may be firmly established and extended;

ACKNOWLEDGES the call of God in Christ to his people to be a reconciled and reconciling community;

CONFESSES with shame that throughout the Baptist family walls of hostility and fear often divide us, impeding the effectiveness of our service and eroding the power of our witness;

CHALLENGES all Baptists to repentance, prayer and costly action as they engage in the ministry of reconciliation “that the world might believe.”

Citations

Original Source Bibliography: Lotz, Denton, editor. Baptist World Alliance 1994 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory. McLean, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 1994.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Denton Lotz, ed., Baptist World Alliance 1994 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory (McLean, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 1994), p. 118.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA General Council Resolution 1994.5 The Ministry of Reconciliation; https://o7e.4a3.myftpupload.com/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA General Council Resolution 1994.5).

Middle East Situation

The Middle East

BWA General Council Resolution 2002.5

The General Council of the Baptist World Alliance meeting in Seville, Spain, July 8-13, 2002:

DEPLORES the continuing violence in the Middle East;

LAMENTS the absence of peace for all the people of the Middle East;

NOTES that the absence of peace for the Middle East contributes to suffering throughout the world;

ENCOURAGES all efforts to make peace between Israelis and Palestinians and to promote initiatives between Christians, Jews and Moslems in the common concern for peace;

CALLS for all Baptists to pray for reconciliation among the peoples of the Middle East; IMPLORES all nations to work diligently for the positive resolution of this regional conflict; and

URGES all parties to the conflict to end the violence and to negotiate a lasting peace in the spirit of forgiveness and grace.

Citations

Original Source Bibliography: Lotz, Denton, editor. Baptist World Alliance 2002 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory. Falls Church, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 2002.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Denton Lotz, ed., Baptist World Alliance 2002 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory (Falls Church, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 2002), p. 94.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA General Council Resolution 2002.5 The Middle East; https://o7e.4a3.myftpupload.com/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA General Council Resolution 2002.5).

Middle East Situation

Middle East

BWA General Council Resolution 2003.5

The General Council of the Baptist World Alliance, meeting in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, July 7-12, 2003:

COMMENDS the leadership of USA President George W. Bush, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas as well as the roles of the USA, the European Union, the United Nations and Russia in putting forth “The Road Map to Peace” that provides an opportune moment for all parties involved in the Middle East conflict;

EXPRESSES gratitude for the cooperation of the Israeli and Palestinian Governmental Authorities;

URGES all parties to work diligently toward the cessation of violence and a just and lasting peace for all peoples.

Citations

Original Source Bibliography: Lotz, Denton, editor. Baptist World Alliance 2003 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory. Falls Church, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 2003.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Denton Lotz, ed., Baptist World Alliance 2003 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory (Falls Church, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 2003), p. 89.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA General Council Resolution 2003.5 Middle East; https://o7e.4a3.myftpupload.com/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA General Council Resolution 2003.5).