World Food Situation

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).

World Food Situation

Peace and Peaceful Change

BWA General Council Resolution 1982.6

We express our grave disappointment over the breaches of international peace which have occurred in the past twelve months, especially but not limited to, the situation in the Falkland Islands-Islas Malvinas, and in Lebanon, Somalia, El Salvador and Afghanistan, among others.

We name our Christian commitment to Shalom and to a Kingdom of God perspective exposing social injustice and inviting change toward more justice as an alternative to violence and war. We pray that the world Baptist community will accept courageously its Christian calling as peacemakers (Matt. 5:9) and interpret the calling as a pro-active as well as a reactive stance. We recognize that the willful destruction of human life and human values must be opposed.

We are grateful that both the Baptists of the Argentine and of Great Britain and Ireland kept alive the oneness in Christ despite other differences they may hold and prayed for one another.

We voice a concern over acts of terrorism, assassinations, and the taking of hostages all of which have posed potential threats to peace and stability, as well as being unconscionable assaults upon the individuals concerned.

Citations

Original Source Bibliography: Claas, Gerhard, editor. Baptist World Alliance 1982 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory. Washington, DC: Baptist World Alliance, 1982.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Gerhard Claas, ed., Baptist World Alliance 1982 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory (Washington, DC: Baptist World Alliance, 1982), p. 75.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA General Council Resolution 1982.6 Peace and Peaceful Change; https://o7e.4a3.myftpupload.com/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA General Council Resolution 1982.6).

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Nuclear Arms

BWA General Council Resolution 1984.1

Once again WE EXPRESS OUR PROFOUND CONCERN over international tensions, the armed conflicts in certain regions, the economic burden of large armaments and armed forces, the threat of nuclear annihilation of humanity;

WE URGE the major powers:
a) to forswear first use of nuclear weapons;

b) to negotiate an immediate verifiable freeze, thus preventing further development, testing, production and deployment of nuclear weapons;

c) to create an atmosphere for a reduction in arms and greater international harmony.

WE COMMEND the recent establishment by the United Nations of a University for Peace, the designation of a day each September as a Day of Peace and the declaration that 1986 will be celebrated as the International Year of Peace. We also express appreciation that the good offices of the U.N. Secretary- General have been extended towards facilitating a return to normalcy in many troubled areas of the world, such as Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan and parts of Southeast Asia.

WE URGE the governments of all countries to refrain from using military power in order to settle human conflicts.

WE SUPPORT the proposal of non-governmental organizations represented at the United Nations in calling for a peace conference for the Middle East, to which all parties to the conflicts should be invited.

WE EXPRESS OUR SYMPATHY AND CONCERN for out fellow Baptists and other Christians in areas of Central America, the Middle East, Southern Africa and Southeast Asia where there is continual strife,

and we urge Baptist everywhere to pray regularly for them in their constant search for the justice and peace of God and for all other inhabitants of those regions.

WE ALSO URGE OUR CHURCHES:
a) to encourage their respective governments to “seek peace and pursue it”;

b) to promote and share in international religious and cultural exchanges and friendships, including the partnership of churches, as a positive step towards breaking down barriers of mutual fear and mistrust;

c) to consider what other actions are possible to influence public opinion by being “the salt of the earth” and the “light of the world.”

FINALLY WE ACKNOWLEDGE that according to the scriptures we may not see the end of “rumors of wars,” but we remind all our people that our Savior, Jesus Christ, is the Price of Peace and that commitment to Him is a commitment to be a peacemaker. Therefore we encourage the inclusion of peace education and action in the programs of our church. We will “study war no more.”

Citations

Original Source Bibliography: Claas, Gerhard, editor. Baptist World Alliance 1984 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory. Washington, DC: Baptist World Alliance, 1984.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Gerhard Claas, ed., Baptist World Alliance 1984 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory (Washington, DC: Baptist World Alliance, 1984), p. 85.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA General Council Resolution 1984.1 Nuclear Arms; https://o7e.4a3.myftpupload.com/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA General Council Resolution 1984.1).

World Food Situation

World Hunger

BWA General Council Resolution 1986.7

WHEREAS, estimates of the number of chronically hungry people range from 500 million to one billion, from one-eighth to one-fourth of the world’s population; and

WHEREAS, chronic hunger, poverty and poor health show few signs of retreating in the years ahead and threaten to cripple many of the next generation of parents and potential leaders around the world; an

WHEREAS, Baptists believe that feeding hungry people is one of the issues at the core of the Bible’s message and at the heart of Baptist mission; and

WHEREAS, Baptists have responded with steadily increasing compassion in the past decade to the needs of the hungry around the world,

Therefore be it Resolved

  1. that the BWA General Council, meeting in Singapore, July 1986, expresses appreciation to all Baptist mission boards and relief agencies at work in the field of hunger for their faithful efforts to feed the hungry and to help the hungry feed themselves;
  2. that we confess that too often we ourselves have shared only table scraps, like the condemned rich man, and that we have failed to share from our abundance, like the redeemed Zacchaeus;
  3. that we commit ourselves to pray regularly at home and in our churches for the poor and the hungry, and for God’s guidance about we as individuals and members of churches should do about hunger;
  4. that we urge Baptists everywhere to study the causes of hunger holocaust, including poverty, war, climatic conditions, population growth, economic structures and government neglect and abuse, as well as the cures available, including development projects, land reform, tax reform, human rights improvements and peacemaking;
  5. that we plead with Baptist people everywhere to expend as much effort to eliminate hunger resulting from political repression and economic exploitation as we do to relieve hunger arising from natural disasters;
  6. that we implore Baptists around the world to join us in making a long-term commitment to translating our Christian faith into action through Christian charity, Christian citizenship and Christian witness.

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), pp. 52-53.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA General Council Resolution 1986.7 World Hunger; https://o7e.4a3.myftpupload.com/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA General Council Resolution 1986.7).
For more information about Baptist World Alliance resolutions, visit BaptistWorld.org/resolutions.

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2000 A.D. — Year of Peace

BWA General Council Resolution 1987.4

The General Council of the Baptist World Alliance, meeting in Amman, Jordan, July 5-12, 1987, welcomes the vision of the Baptist Peace Fellowship of North America for the year 2000 A.D. to be recognized as a Year of Peace to mark the beginning of the third Christian millennium.

We see this vision to be in line with the long-range program approved by the BWA Congress in Toronto in 1980 and with similar initiatives of other world Christian bodies.

We believe it would truly honor our Lord Jesus Christ, at whose coming 2,000 years angels sang of Him as “Prince of Peace’ destined to bring “peace on earth to men of good will.”

Towards this goal, we call our Baptist members and churches all over the world to become reconcilers actively committed to peace through prayer, evangelism, the pursuit of justice and the development of interpersonal and international relationships.

We affirm our part in the mission of the whole church of Christ to enter into the sufferings of humanity, announcing the good news of salvation in Christ and seeking non-violent solutions to world tensions.

We express the hope that Christian reconcilers will be able to promote all aspects of peace in every area of conflict so that the world’s resources might be redirected towards ridding humanity of hunger, poverty and injustice.

We pledge ourselves to work and pray with all Christians and other people of good will in the intervening years to spread worldwide the strong desire that the year 2000 A.D. will see the world at peace, ready to enter the third millennium free from the threat of war.

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. 60.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA General Council Resolution 1987.4 2000 A.D. Year of Peace; https://o7e.4a3.myftpupload.com/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA General Council Resolution 1987.4).