Manifesto

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).

Manifesto

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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Gratitude

BWA Executive Committee Resolution 1972-07.1

Mrs. Helen Fling, Chairman of the Resolutions Committee appointed on Thursday night, presented the following:

BE IT RESOLVED, that we, the members of the BWA Executive Committee, publicly express gratitude:

For the blessings of God that have come to our lives individually and corporately during these days of our deliberations in Jamaica;

For the prayerful leadership and detailed planning of our President, other officers, and the entire BWA staff;

For the generous hospitality and entertainment of the Jamaica Baptist Union, remembering the splendid preparation and untiring work of its officers and staff, and also recognizing the wholehearted cooperation of the Union;

For the warmth and spirit of the churches as well as the wonderful participation of pastors, laymen, women, nd youth alike, with special mention of the delightful Jamaican meal at the East Queen Street Baptist Church, and in a different vein, with special mention of the inspiration of the International Rally at the National arena with its privilege of united worship;

and BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that we go from this memorable and meaningful meeting to offer ourselves anew to God to be used in His Mission of Reconciliation of man to man and man to God.

MOTION was made by Mrs. Fling, and seconded, and carried, that this resolution be adopted. Mr. McKenzie was asked to report this action to those in the Jamaica Baptist Union who had done so much to make the meeting a success.

Keywords

BWA; Appreciation; Jamaica; Reconciliation.

Citations

Original Source Bibliography: Denny, Robert S., editor. Baptist World Alliance: Minutes of the Meeting of the Executive Committee Held at Kingston, Jamaica, July 27-30, 1972. Washington, D.C.: Baptist World Alliance, 1972.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Robert S. Denny, ed., Baptist World Alliance: Minutes of the Meeting of the Executive Committee Held at Kingston, Jamaica July 27-30, 1972 (Washington, D.C.: Baptist World Alliance, 1972), p. 40.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA Executive Committee Resolution 1972-07.1 Gratitude; https://o7e.4a3.myftpupload.com/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA Executive Committee Resolution 1972-07.1).
For more information about Baptist World Alliance resolutions, visit BaptistWorld.org/resolutions.

Since its formation in 1905, the Baptist World Alliance has networked the global Baptist family to impact the world for Christ with a commitment to strengthen worship, fellowship and unity; lead in mission and evangelism; respond to people in need through aid, relief, and community development; defend religious freedom, human rights, and justice; and advance theological reflection and leadership development.

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Situation in Ukraine

BWA General Council Resolution 2014.5

The General Council of the Baptist World Alliance, meeting in Izmir, Turkey, July 9-11, 2014:

ACKNOWLEDGES, with deep sadness and great concern, the current political crisis in Ukraine that has resulted in armed conflict, loss of life, displacement of many people and severe tension between Russia and Ukraine;

NOTES with concern that, in Crimea and Eastern Ukraine generally, the situation has led to increased religious persecution, especially against evangelical Christians; BELIEVES that our allegiance to Jesus Christ as Lord transcends all our national allegiances and aspirations, and that Christ, by his death on the Cross has “broken down the dividing walls of hostility”
(Ephesians 2:14), now and for all time to come;

SUPPORTS all efforts by the international community towards freedom, justice and peace for the whole of Ukraine, and all initiatives towards the reconciliation of those who have been in conflict with each another;

ENCOURAGES the work of Ukrainian Baptists in reaching out in the love of Christ to those most affected by the conflict;

URGES the leaders and churches of the Baptist Unions of Ukraine and Russia to overcome prejudice and misunderstanding in the situation, to seek to “speak the truth in love” (Ephesians 4:15) to each other, and to continue to work together in partnership towards a common vision of mission and the growth of the Kingdom of God in their region; and

PROMISES to continue to pray for peace and reconciliation among the people of Ukraine and their political leaders, and to support our brothers and sisters in Christ in Ukraine in the challenging days to come.

“Blessed are the peacemakers…” (Matthew 5:9).

Citations

Original Source Bibliography: Callam, Neville, editor. Baptist World Alliance 2014 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory. Falls Church, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 2014.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Neville Callam, ed., Baptist World Alliance 2014 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory (Falls Church, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 2014), p. 142.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA General Council Resolution 2014.5 Situation in Ukraine; https://o7e.4a3.myftpupload.com/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA General Council Resolution 2014.5).

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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).