Communication with Eastern European Countries

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).

Communication with Eastern European Countries

Prayer and Concern for the Eastern Part of Europe and the Soviet Union

BWA General Council Resolution 1991.2

THANKFUL to God for the positive changes that have taken place in Eastern Europe and the whole of the Soviet Union, including the increasing freedom experienced in many aspects of the life of these nations,

THANKFUL particularly for those places where greater freedom of religion has been evidenced and new opportunities for evangelization and theological education have been made possible,

MINDFUL however, of the impact that turmoil in this region has upon the whole global community and joining with our brothers and sisters in their concern over the crises and upheavals which have been emerging in the Soviet republics, Yugoslavia and other national and ethnic groups which are striving for independence,

SEEKING to identify with our brothers and sisters in this area in their deep concern over the growing religious intolerance of the dominant historical churches that are failing to recognize that all Christian denominations and religions be guaranteed religious freedom by constitution and be treated with fairness, equality and justice by the majority groups,

THEREFORE, the General Council of the Baptist World Alliance, meeting in Montreal, Canada, July 10- 13, 1991, resolves to call upon the world community of Baptists to join in prayer for a peaceful and authentic solution to these political and economic upheavals and to join in prayer for those experiencing religious repression, asking for God’s intervening grace and guidance for the leaders of these peoples at this decisive moment in history.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that we call upon the officers of the Baptist World Alliance and its member bodies to communicate to the political and religious leaders these concerns over religious

repression in this region and urge them to honor the standing right of all peoples two equal freedom or religious expression.

Citations

Original Source Bibliography: Lotz, Denton, editor. Baptist World Alliance 1991 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory. McLean, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 1991.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Denton Lotz, ed., Baptist World Alliance 1991 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory (McLean, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 1991), p. 37.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA General Council Resolution 1991.2 Prayer and Concern for the Eastern Part of Europe and the Soviet Union; https://o7e.4a3.myftpupload.com/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA General Council Resolution 1991.2).

Communication with Eastern European Countries

The Former Yugoslav Federal Republic

BWA General Council Resolution 1992.4

The General Council of the Baptist World Alliance, meeting in Montego Bay, Jamaica, July 4-12, 1992;

MINDFUL of the devastation and loss of life wrought by the recent and continuing conflicts in the countries of the former Yugoslav Federal Republic, and in accordance with its belief that God in Christ wills reconciliation in place of enmity;

RECORDS its deep concern and sympathy for all victims of violence, especially the bereaved, injured, homeless and refugees, and its support and solidarity for all those of whatever religious faith and ethnic community who are striving for a peaceful solution based on a full recognition of human rights;

COMMENDS WITH GRATITUDE the Baptists in that region for their courageous and compassionate ministry of aid to the victims of hatred and war, of whatever ethnic and religious community, assuring our brothers and sisters of the practical and prayerful support of the worldwide Baptist family; and,

JOINS with the international community in urging both the political leaders of all the communities involved and all commanders of military units to take immediate steps to end the armed conflict, in order that the work of relief, reconciliation and reconstruction, to which we also commit ourselves, may be speedily advanced.

Citations

Original Source Bibliography: Lotz, Denton, editor. Baptist World Alliance 1992-1993 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory. McLean, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 1992.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Denton Lotz, ed., Baptist World Alliance 1992-1993 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory (McLean, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 1992), p. 172.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA General Council Resolution 1992.4 The Former Yugoslav Federal Republic; https://o7e.4a3.myftpupload.com/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA General Council Resolution 1992.4).

Communication with Eastern European Countries

Bosnia

BWA General Council Resolution 1993.7

The General Council of the Baptist World Alliance, meeting in Harare, Zimbabwe August 6-9, 1993,

CONDEMNS the deliberate use within the former Republic of Yugoslavia of “ethnic cleansing” and the systematic use of rape as a weapon of war and extends its heart-felt sympathy to the hundreds of thousands of victims;

ACKNOWLEDGES the sincerity of humanitarian relief efforts which have not been without human cost;

REGRETS profoundly the failure of the European Nations, individually and collectively, and also of the United Nations to intervene effectively;

VIEWS with alarm the interpretation of this conflict in interfaith terms with the assumption that Western nations are indifferent to the plight of Muslims in Bosnia, and

EXPRESSES opposition to any solution that rewards armed aggression, believing that such a solution establishes a dangerous precedent.

Citations

Original Source Bibliography: Lotz, Denton, editor. Baptist World Alliance 1993-1994 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory. McLean, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 1993.

BWA General Council Resolution 1993.7

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Denton Lotz, ed., Baptist World Alliance 1993-1994 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory (McLean, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 1993), p. 113.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA General Council Resolution 1993.7 Bosnia; https://o7e.4a3.myftpupload.com/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA General Council Resolution 1993.7).

Communication with Eastern European Countries

Balkans Reconciliation

BWA General Council Resolution 1999.2

The General Council of the Baptist World Alliance meeting in Dresden July 11-17, 1999
GIVES thanks to God for the cessation of the military conflict in Yugoslavia and surrounding areas;

RECOGNIZES that the horrific trauma caused by this conflict continues among those who remain displaced or otherwise suffer adverse effects resulting from the military hostilities;

ACKNOWLEDGES with gratitude the speedy and continuing response by Baptist World Aid, other Baptist agencies, and various non-governmental organizations in providing relief to the victims of this conflict in the spirit of biblical teaching including Romans 12:14-21;

URGES Baptists in the Balkans and in the member nations of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization to pursue prayerfully and actively a lasting reconciliation that demonstrates through practical applications the bond of Christian unity that we share as members of the body of Christ; and

RESOLVES to support these efforts through the prayers and appropriate practical actions of the member unions and conventions of the Baptist World Alliance.

Historian’s Note: The Minutes record the following decision:

Emmett Johnson requested that the resolution be amended and this additional paragraph be added: “DEPLORES the action of ethnic cleansing by any group or party.”

Jones advised that any amendments were to be given to the Resolutions Committee by 5pm the previous evening, but he didn’t see any member of the Resolutions Committee that would oppose the amendment.

A General Council member then rose to advise that if there is a rule that any changes to the amendment should be submitted by 5pm the previous evening, then the General Council should not abandon that rule.

Lotz advised that the General Council can adopt the resolution and the press release can reflect that there was a request that the additional paragraph be added.

The motion was made and seconded to adopt Resolution 2 regarding Balkans Reconciliation. The motion carried.

Citations

Original Source Bibliography: Lotz, Denton, editor. Baptist World Alliance 1999 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory. McLean, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 1999.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Denton Lotz, ed., Baptist World Alliance 1999 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory (McLean, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 1999), pp. 76-77.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA General Council Resolution 1999.2 Balkans Reconciliation; https://o7e.4a3.myftpupload.com/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA General Council Resolution 1999.2).