Nuclear Test Ban

Nuclear Test Ban

BWA Executive Committee Resolution 1963-08.2

  1. RESOLUTION ON NUCLEAR TEST BAN. Mimeographed copies of a proposed resolution on Nuclear Tests were passed out. Tulles reported that a committee appointed by the Administrative Committee had drafted this statement for the approval of the Executive Committee. Te committee had consisted of Binns, Ivanov, Stassen, Payne, Tolbert, Tulles, Y. Zhidkov, and Nordenhaug. Discussion of the resolution followed. Tulles also read the section dealing with nuclear testing included in the resolution passed by the Tenth Baptist World Congress in Rio de Janeiro, on July 2, 1960. Stassen stressed that the present Nuclear Test Ban Treaty should be neither overestimated nor underestimated. It is a first step, but a very constructive step.

MOTION was made and approved that the Executive Committee adopt the following resolution and commend it to the Alliance constituency for study and consideration:

We the members of the Executive Committee of the Baptist World Alliance, meeting at Baylor University in Waco, Texas,

Do hereby express our commendation and our prayerful thanksgiving that the Governments of the United States of America, the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, and the United Kingdom have signed treaty to stop nuclear tests in the atmosphere, in outer space, and under water.

We note with appreciation the thorough support for this treaty expressed by President Kennedy, Chairman Khrushchev, and Prime Minister Macmillan.

We welcome the reports that 61 governments thus far have signed the treaty, and we express the hope that all other governments may a their signatures in binding agreement.

We recall the resolution urging action of this general nature adopted at the Tenth World Congress of the Baptist World Alliance in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 1960.

We also recall numerous similar resolutions adopted by constituent Baptist Conventions and Unions.

We consider this treaty to be a definite step in the interests of all humanity on this earth under God.

We trust an pray that this step will be followed by other steps of a safeguarded, careful, inspire nature to move further toward the cessation of the arms race and to maintain a just and lasting world peace.

MOTION was made and adopted that the General Secretary be requested to send a copy of the statement to President John F. Kennedy, Chairman Nikita S. Khruschchev, and Prime Minister Harold Macmillan, and that he arrange for its release in the Baptist World, in the Baptist press, and in the secular press.

Keywords

BWA; Nuclear Test Ban; United Kingdom; United States; U.S.S.R.

Citations

Original Source Bibliography: Nordenhaug, Josef, editor. Baptist World Alliance: Minutes of the Executive Committee Held at Baylor University, Waco, Texas, August 19-23, 1963. Washington, D.C.: Baptist World Alliance, 1963.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Josef Nordenhaug, ed., Baptist World Alliance: Minutes of the Executive Committee Held at Baylor University, Waco, Texas, August 19-23, 1963 (Washington, D.C.: Baptist World Alliance, 1963), pp. 25-26.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA Executive Committee Resolution 1963-08.2 Nuclear Test Ban; https://o7e.4a3.myftpupload.com/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA Executive Committee Resolution 1963-08.2).

Nuclear Test Ban

Bible Presented to Russian Baptists

BWA Executive Committee Resolution 1967-08.2

The remaining resolutions were passed out. Hobbs stated that the Resolutions Committee wished to take note of the Centenary celebration of the beginning of Baptist work in the U.S.S.R. to be observed later in the month. In order to give tangible expression of the love and appreciation of Executive Committee members, a Russian Bible was presented to Sergei Timchenko. It was inscribed:

The Centenary celebration of the beginning of Baptist work in the U.S.S.R. is an event of tremendous significance to Baptist people throughout the world. We rejoice on this occasion to extend Christian greetings and love to our Russian Baptist brethren. Your century of faithful witness to the gospel is a challenge to Baptists everywhere. Your accomplishments of the past are but the promise of a more glorious future in the service of the risen Christ. We join with you in prayer that our Heavenly Father will continue His blessings upon you and us in our fellowship of faith and service for God and to man. We thank our Lord upon every remembrance of you.

August, 1967 Baptist World Alliance William R. Tolbert, Jr.

Timchenko accepted the Bible in behalf of Russian Baptists and expressed his deep gratitude for this recognition of the Centenary observance. He spoke of the Baptist pioneers in Russia who had taken into their hearts this sacred book of the Bible, with love and gratitude desiring to proclaim its message to all people. The Russian Baptists are glad that the Executive Committee members are sharing their joy with them, as well as their task for Jesus Christ.

MOTION was made, seconded, and carried, that the BWA Vice President, Aleksander Kircun of Poland, be designated as the official representative of the Baptist World Alliance at the Centenary celebration of the Baptist Union of the U.S.S.R., and that Paul Stevens, who expects to be in the area at the time, bear greetings from the Executive Committee of the BWA.

MOTION was made, seconded, and carried, that the message inscribed in the Bible presented to the Russian Baptists be formally adopted as a resolution.

Keywords

BWA; Russian Baptists; U.S.S.R.

Citations

Original Source Bibliography: Nordenhaug, Josef, editor. Baptist World Alliance: Minutes of the Meeting of the Executive Committee Held at Nashville, Tennessee July 31-August 3, 1967. Washington, D.C.: Baptist World Alliance, 1967.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Josef Nordenhaug, ed., Baptist World Alliance: Minutes of the Meeting of the Executive Committee Held at Nashville, Tennessee July 31-August 3, 1967 (Washington, D.C.: Baptist World Alliance, 1967), pp. 55-56.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA Executive Committee Resolution 1967-08.2 Bible Presented to Russian Baptists; https://o7e.4a3.myftpupload.com/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA Executive Committee Resolution 1967-08.2).

Nuclear Test Ban

Religious Education of Children in the U.S.S.R.

BWA Executive Committee Resolution 1925-02.1

56. Statements having been made by Drs. Franklin and Rushbrooke as to the position in Russia; agreed that Dr. Rushbrooke be instructed to prepare a resolution expressing support of his protest on the subject of the Russian Government’s attitude on the question of religious teaching of children. This resolution was formulated as follows:—

“That the Executive Committee of the Baptist World Alliance regrets and deplores the fact that the laws of the U.S.S.R. forbid the organized religious education of children under eighteen years of age, emphasises its conviction that such a prohibition is inconsistent with the religious freedom guaranteed under the constitution of the U.S.S.R., and earnestly trusts that this repressive legislation may at an early date be annulled.”

Keywords

BWA; Children; Education; Religious Freedom; Russia; U.S.S.R.

Citations

Original Source Bibliography: Baptist World Alliance: Minutes of Executive Committee, Held in the Del Prado Hotel, Chicago, U.S.A., on Wednesday and Thursday, 25th and 26th February, 1925. London: Baptist World Alliance, 1925.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Baptist World Alliance: Minutes of Executive Committee, Held in the Del Prado Hotel, Chicago, U.S.A., on Wednesday and Thursday, 25th and 26th February, 1925 (London: Baptist World Alliance, 1925), p. 13.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA Executive Committee Resolution 1925-02.1 Religious Education of Children in the U.S.S.R.; https://o7e.4a3.myftpupload.com/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA Executive Committee Resolution 1925-02.1).

Nuclear Test Ban

Communication with Eastern European Countries

BWA Executive Committee Resolution 1969-08.4

(Presented by van der Laan)

1. We the Executive Committee of the Baptist World Alliance meeting in Baden near Vienna, Austria, August 2-6, 1969 recognize with gratitude to God the presence of delegations from the following Eastern European countries: Czechoslovakia, German Democratic Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania, U.S.S.R., Yugoslavia.

2. We urge our unions to use every available opportunity to have contact with the churches and leaders in these countries and to encourage any open and legitimate means of communication and cooperation.

3. Nevertheless we note with some apprehension the unauthorized use of the name of the Baptist World Alliance and its member-unions by certain in-dividuals who, having visited some of the above-mentioned countries, seek, through their writings and public utterances, to raise money for the causes they represent. We recommend that our constituent unions and their leaders use their discretion and exercise due caution in any response they may be asked to make. [END] [Historian’s Note: See below; action 3 eliminated by subsequent vote.]

Hargroves pointed out that this resolution is in three parts. The presence of representatives from the eastern countries is recognized cooperation is encouraged, and the third part grows out of a special situation. Nordenhaug explained that both his name and that of the Baptist World Alliance had recently been wrongly included in a list of organizations participating in a demonstration. In other ways the BWA name has been used without authorization.

In the discussion that followed, objection was raised to the vagueness of allegations of the third part of the resolution. At the the same time it was felt that it would be unwise to be more specific.

MOTION was made, and carried, that the third part of the resolution be eliminated.

Motion was made by Stassen that there be an added resolution that members be alerted that there have been incidents of the unauthorized use of the name of the BWA and its officers, and that members be on guard against such incidents.

McCall moved, and it was seconded, that this statement be commended for consideration by the Baptist brethren, as it is not suitable for a resolution.

Keywords

BWA; Czechoslovakia; Eastern Europe; German Democratic Republic; Hungary; Poland; Romania; U.S.S.R.; Yugoslavia.

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. 57-58.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA Executive Committee Resolution 1969-08.4 Communication with Eastern European Countries; https://o7e.4a3.myftpupload.com/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA Executive Committee Resolution 1969-08.4).

Nuclear Test Ban

Peace with Justice

BWA General Council Resolution 1986.5

Whereas humankind has now entered the fifth decade of life under the awesome threat of nuclear annihilation, and

Whereas the nations of the world will spend approximately the equivalent of one trillion US dollars this year on military forces and weapons, and

Whereas the peoples of the Third World are suffering the burden of rapidly increasing militarization in the midst of their poverty and

Whereas the need for peace has never been more urgent, nor have the prospects for peace with justice ever been more subject to political manipulation and rhetoric, and

Whereas Jesus Christ our Lord was called the Prince of Peace in an era dominated by a heavily militarized empire and God has called us to be peacemakers;

Be it therefore resolved that we, the participants in the meetings of the Baptist World Alliance in Singapore, July 1-5, 1986 call upon Baptists worldwide:

  1. to unite in earnest prayer for the peace of the world;
  2. to communicate to their political leaders our deep conviction that the future of the human race will be tragically imperiled without a prompt de-escalation of the arms race and a reasonable agreement on arms control among the nuclear powers;
  3. to work diligently within their respective political, economic and organizational systems to champion the priority of peace with justice as a worthy goal for the world’s nations, as a humane approach to the current crisis of militarism, as a powerful ideal in our Christian faith and as a precondition of human survival.

Be it also resolved that we reaffirm the conviction expressed in the BWA congress resolution, Los Angeles, 1985, that the meetings of the leaders of the USSR and the USA are an important contribution to the peace of the world.

4. to endorse wholeheartedly and encourage a worldwide Christian Council of Peace in which the Christian churches could address in unison and with spiritual authority the issues of peace and justice.

Citations

Original Source Bibliography: Claas, Gerhard, editor. Baptist World Alliance 1986 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory. McLean, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 1986.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Gerhard Claas, ed., Baptist World Alliance 1986 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory (McLean, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 1986), p. 51.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA General Council Resolution 1986.5 Peace with Justice; https://o7e.4a3.myftpupload.com/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA General Council Resolution 1986.5).