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BWA General Council Resolution 1987.1

The General Council of the Baptist World Alliance, meeting in Amman, Jordan, July 5-12, 1987, affirms its belief:

— that all human beings are created by God;

— that human life is sacred and of value to God;

— that hostage taking for any reason makes people commodities for bargaining;

— that each act of hostage taking or other violence feeds a cycle of hostility and makes a mutual desire for peace, justice and reconciliation more difficult to achieve;

— that hostages are often those who have only tried to effect reconciliation. The Council therefore:

l) encourages Baptists everywhere to engage in intercessory prayer for the release of hostages and the resolution of the problems leading to violence;

2) urges member unions and conventions, whenever possible, to appeal through the media to persons of good will to reject violent means of securing good purposes; and

3) appeals to all those holding hostages to recognize that their victims are parents, children, family members in the same way as themselves and to release their hostages in recognition of their common humanity and as an expression of their wish to have their own concerns treated in a similarly just and humane way.

Citations

Original Source Bibliography: Claas, Gerhard, editor. Baptist World Alliance 1987 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory. McLean, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 1987.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Gerhard Claas, ed., Baptist World Alliance 1987 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory (McLean, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 1987), p. 59.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA General Council Resolution 1987.1 Hostages; https://o7e.4a3.myftpupload.com/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA General Council Resolution 1987.1).

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Religious and Racial Minorities

BWA General Council Resolution 1987.2

The General Council of the Baptist World Alliance, meeting in Amman, Jordan, July 5-12, 1987, l) welcomes the encouraging report of the Baptist Friendship Tour to China in 1986;

2) warmly supports the decision to plan further visits and contacts for learning and sharing with Chinese Christians; and,

3) particularly notes the deep impression made on those who shared in the visit by the way in which the Chinese people encourage minority groups to contribute to the full life of the nation.

As a Council we reaffirm our commitment to the dignity and equality of all groups before God, and therefore invite our member unions and conventions to use every opportunity open to them to advocate and defend the proper freedom and human rights of religious and racial minorities so that multi-racial and multi-religious communities can live in harmony and all may contribute positively to the good of their society.

We especially express our appreciation of the way in which the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan practices religious toleration, thus enabling members of different religions to enjoy peaceful co-existence. We pray for the blessing of God upon this land, its rulers and its people, that they may be an instrument of just and lasting peace in the Middle East.

Citations

Original Source Bibliography: Claas, Gerhard, editor. Baptist World Alliance 1987 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory. McLean, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 1987.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Gerhard Claas, ed., Baptist World Alliance 1987 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory (McLean, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 1987), pp. 59-60.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA General Council Resolution 1987.2 Religious and Racial Minorities; https://o7e.4a3.myftpupload.com/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA General Council Resolution 1987.2).

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Appreciation

BWA General Council Resolution 1987.6

This Council wholeheartedly thanks the officers, members and churches of the Jordan Baptist Convention and the missionary personnel working with them for their warm welcome and generous hospitality and for the excellent preparations made for these meetings in Amman.

We also expressed appreciation for the official welcome and statement given by His Excellency Marwan Doudin, Minister of Occupied Territory Affairs, representing the Prime Minister of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, at the opening of the Council, and we pay tribute to the spirit of openness and friendship shown to us everywhere by the people of Jordan.

We thank the staff and management of the Grand Palace and Regency Hotels and the NET tourist and travel agency for the efficient and friendly service.

We wish to include in our thanks our President, General Secretary and the other officers and staff of the Alliance for their efforts on behalf of us all.

Citations

Original Source Bibliography: Claas, Gerhard, editor. Baptist World Alliance 1987 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory. McLean, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 1987.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Gerhard Claas, ed., Baptist World Alliance 1987 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory (McLean, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 1987), p. 61.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA General Council Resolution 1987.6 Appreciation; https://o7e.4a3.myftpupload.com/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA General Council Resolution 1987.6).