Peace

Peace

BWA Executive Committee Resolution 1969-08.6

Pawlik expressed discouragement that there was no resolution on peace. He also felt that copies of the proposed resolutions ought to have been distributed among the Committee members, especially for those whose mother tongue was not English. Gill shared his concern and added that he wished a resolution had been included on race. Tulles felt also that documents should have been distributed. Nordenhaug explained that due to technical difficulties there had been no opportunity to have the resolutions duplicated.

It was agreed that the Resolution on Peace be reprinted from the Minutes of the Monrovia Meeting: Whereas, Peace is a Christlike characteristic and should be the personal goal of every Christian,

expressing itself in one’s peace with God and with his fellow-men, and

Whereas, As Christians we should quest lastingly for peace at every level as we foster peace among individuals, among citizens of various countries, and ad- vocate peace among the world’s governmental bodies, and

Whereas, We are a 20th century people who have fallen far short of such a worthy Christian ideal, which failure has witnessed devastating wars and has brought violent deaths to many, hunger to more, and unbearable hardship to untold multitudes, and

Whereas, There are now areas of conflict raging in many parts of the world such as in Vietnam, the Middle East, Nigeria and others, and

Whereas, Tensions are currently mounting in yet other areas involving nearly all of the continents and threatening to erupt into open armed conflict at any moment, thereby jeopardizing the safety of persons, the security of nations and the peace of the world, and

Whereas, As Christians we are admonished by Christ to be peacemakers among men, and in our hearts we yearn desperately so to be and do:

Be it therefore resolved that we as members of the Baptist World Alliance Executive Committee assembled in annual session in Monrovia, Liberia, this first day of August 1968 do hereby affirm and declare that:

1. We express publicly our burden and distress that as civilized people, among whom dwell many confessed Christians, we have been able to achieve so little peace and have witnessed so much violence and bloodshed in our days.

2. We proclaim to the world our deep feeling that war as a means of permanent solution is untenable, and we believe that any peace that is not based on justice and righteousness is equally untenable and dangerous.

3. We commit ourselves anew to much prayer on this matter, urging fellow Christians to do the same, imploring God’s guidance as we deal with matters of such import, praying for national leaders, for our enemies and for ourselves, beseeching that God lead us, even to the point of his inter-vention in the affairs of men and nations, that his will might be done.

4. We quest diligently to be informed Christian citizens in the changing international situations, in the causes of war and concerning factors which make for peace.

5. We seek to give every possible guidance to our families, friends, and constituent conventions with the view of developing plans and programs for personal reading, for family discussion and for church educational use in the hope of building spirit and understanding on a sustained basis as we strive for peace in the whole world in our time.

6. Further, in regard to present conflicts in Vietnam, Nigeria, the Middle East and other places as well, we appeal to our members to uphold urgently in prayer all those working for speedy and just solutions. [END]

Keywords

BWA; Middle East; Nigeria; Peace; Vietnam.

Citations

Original Source Bibliography: Nordenhaug, Josef, editor. Baptist World Alliance: Minutes of the Meeting of the Executive Committee Held at Baden Bei Wien, Austria August 2-6, 1969. Washington, D.C.: Baptist World Alliance, 1969.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Josef Nordenhaug, ed., Baptist World Alliance: Minutes of the Meeting of the Executive Committee Held at Baden Bei Wien, Austria August 2-6, 1969 (Washington, D.C.: Baptist World Alliance, 1969), pp. 58-59.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA Executive Committee Resolution 1969-08.6 Peace; https://o7e.4a3.myftpupload.com/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA Executive Committee Resolution 1969-08.6).

Peace

Peace with Justice

BWA Executive Committee Resolution 1973-07.2

MOTION by G. H. Blackburn was seconded and carried: 23EC73 that the following statement be accepted—

WHEREAS peace with justice has been an enduring dream and a continuing vision of the people of God in general, and of Baptists in particular; and

WHEREAS peace among nations, races, generations, classes, and the sexes continues to escape us,

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that we reaffirm the commitment made at the Twelfth Congress of the Baptist World Alliance in Tokyo, three years ago, to work with others “toward greater understanding and peace.”

BE IT ALSO RESOLVED that we earnestly thank God for whatever lessening of hostilities has taken place within the past year, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that we express special gratitude to God for evident improvement in relationships between east and West, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that, as we thank God for His peace that passes all understanding being unfolded by His grace in our personal lives, we pledge ourselves to work faithfully as instruments of His peace for the things that make for peace—justice, truth, and righteousness—to the furtherance of the great goal of peace on earth and good will among men.

Keywords

BWA; Justice; Peace; Peacemaking.

Citations

Original Source Bibliography: Denny, Robert S., editor. Baptist World Alliance: Minutes of the Executive Committee Held at Einsiedeln, Switzerland, July 13-17, 1973. Washington, D.C.: Baptist World Alliance, 1973.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Robert S. Denny, ed., Baptist World Alliance: Minutes of the Executive Committee Held at Einsiedeln, Switzerland, July 13-17, 1973 (Washington, D.C.: Baptist World Alliance, 1973), p. 32.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA Executive Committee Resolution 1973-07.2 Peace with Justice; https://o7e.4a3.myftpupload.com/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA Executive Committee Resolution 1973-07.2).

Peace

World Food Situation

BWA Executive Committee Resolution 1974-08.1

MOTION by Mrs. Mary Ross was seconded, and passed

EC74 that the following statement be adopted:

In view of the alarming world food situation threatening multitudes of the world’s population with famine and starvation, and recognizing the gospel mandate for Christian people to meet such urgent human need:

Be it resolved that:

1. We encourage mission agencies and related church bodies to assist peoples to increase food production, and to teach good nutrition — a significant contribution to meeting the food crisis in places where people are undernourished;

2. We urge nations of the world to expedite the export and import of food, seed, and fertilizer among the nations;

3. We respectfully recommend that nations increase their budgets for relief and development efforts, and encourage the greater use of multilateral aid;

4. We encourage governments of the world to pursue migration policies that will permit equitable and stable distribution of population;

5. We encourage the United Nations and governments to enter into international agreements over fishing rights and to reduce pollution of the oceans, so that the oceans could be used as a greater food source;

6. We ask that nations free religious bodies (such as Baptist unions) from foreign exchange restrictions, sufficiently to permit them to give financial and/or material support to such international relief efforts (as Baptist World Alliance Relief);

7. We further ask governments to permit duty free entry of relief supplies to authorized church-related relief agents;

8. We encourage the United Nations and other such international agencies to continue to utilize the non- governmental organizations, including church relief agencies, in the distribution of food in areas of need;

9. We urge all persons in positions of responsibility to take all necessary steps to reduce waste and to develop all available resources for the production of more food;

10. We call upon pastors and other leaders to preach and teach the specific responsibility of those who have plenty, to pray, give, and even to reduce their caloric intake so that more of the limited food supply of the world could be made available to those who are in want;

11. It is our conviction that an efficient relief service cannot be enacted unless peace is preserved on earth. Famine and starvation — among other causes — are a natural consequence of wars. We feel that it is our Christian duty to be actively engaged in promoting understanding among nations, and action conducive to peace. Peace and justice are pre-conditions enabling nations to work with the hope of success upon meeting the urgent material needs of the world.

Following on Page 50:

Carl Tiller thanked the Resolutions Committee and stated that the adopted resolution subsequently would be presented to the World Food Conference scheduled in Rome, Italy. Certain portions of the resolution are expected to be released to the press by Communications Secretary C. E. Bryant. Tiller suggested that member conventions may wish to call appropriate paragraphs to the attention of their governments, and other paragraphs to the attention of their churches.

The following suggestion by Ruth Rohlfs regarding disposition of the resolution was accepted: “Because of the staff of the United Nations Environmental Center has extended itself to be helpful in briefing and working with members of our Baptist fellowship, and because we share concern for the quality of this earth…we recommend that the Baptist World Alliance submit a copy of the resolution to the United Nations Environmental Center, Nairobi, Kenya.”

Keywords

BWA; Aid; Environmental Care; Hunger; Peace; Peacemaking; Relief Ministries; United Nations; War.

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. 49; see also p. 50.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA Executive Committee Resolution 1974-08.1 World Food Situation; https://o7e.4a3.myftpupload.com/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA Executive Committee Resolution 1974-08.1).

Peace

Resignation of the United States President

BWA Executive Committee Resolution 1974-08.3

The Executive meeting was interrupted Thursday evening (August 8) to watch a television broadcast of Richard M. Nixon’s resignation as president of the United States. Following the broadcast, M. L. Wilson led in prayer for God’s guidance of all world leaders. On the following day, as Gerald R. Ford was about to take the oath of office as Mr. Nixon’s successor, the group adopted a resolution presented by a special committee chaired by Theodore F. Adams. Other members of the committee were: Judson Allen, S. S. Hodges, Mrs. Ruth Rohlfs, and Fred Bullen.

MOTION by Theodore Adams was seconded, and passed

EC74 that the following statement be adopted and a copy sent to the new President of the United States, Gerald R. Ford.

The Executive Committee of the Baptist World Alliance, meeting in Louisville, Kentucky, August 9. 1974, and representing 98 member bodies in 75 countries with a constituency of over 60 million people, voted to extend to the Honorable Gerald R. Ford assurance of the prayerful concern and best wishes of this international Baptist fellowship as he enters upon new and grave responsibilities as president of the United States.

We trust that under his leadership the cause of international peace, justice, and goodwill will be sustained and strengthened for the best good of all the people of the world.

Keywords

BWA; Gerald R. Ford; Justice; Resignation of the United States President; Peace; Richard M. Nixon.

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 1974-08.3 Resignation of the United States President; https://o7e.4a3.myftpupload.com/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA Executive Committee Resolution 1974-08.3).

Peace

Establishing a League of Nations

BWA Executive Committee Resolution 1920-07.1

A motion on the League of Nations was presented by Dr. Truett, seconded by Dr. Hunt, supported by Dr. Gambrell, President Mullins and Dr. Fowler, and carried unanimously, as follows:—

“The representatives of the Baptist World Alliance meeting in London, July 19th to 23rd, 1920, which Alliance has a constituency of eight million Church members, with an additional constituency of adherents several times that number, would submit this message to all the Peoples and Governments of the World.

“The welfare of the whole human race requires free and unconstrained opportunity of each nationality for development in fraternal relation with all other nations.

“The experience of the race, in our judgment, gives emphasis to the establishment of a League of Nations, to include all the nations desiring to enter it, for the preservation of peace and the promotion of good-will and understanding among all men.

“We call upon the framers of public policy in all lands, in the name of suffering humanity, of international justice and universal brotherhood, and above all, in the name of the Prince of Peace, to take steps to bring such a League into effective operation at the earliest possible date.”

Keywords

BWA; Brotherhood; Good-will; League of Nations; Justice; Peace.

Citations

Original Source Bibliography: Baptist World Alliance: Minutes of Executive Committee, and Other Representative Baptists, Held at the Baptist Church House, Southampton Row, London, W.C. 1., From 19th to 23rd July, 1920. London: Baptist World Alliance, 1920.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Baptist World Alliance: Minutes of Executive Committee, and Other Representative Baptists, Held at the Baptist Church House, Southampton Row, London, W.C. 1., From 19th to 23rd July, 1920 (London: Baptist World Alliance, 1920), pp. 9-10.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA Executive Committee Resolution 1920-07.1 Establishing a League of Nations; https://o7e.4a3.myftpupload.com/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA Executive Committee Resolution 1920-07.1).