Appreciation for Dr. J. Deotis Roberts

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BWA General Council Resolution 2013.4

BWA General Council Resolution 2013.4 Appreciation for Dr. J. Deotis Roberts

The General Council of the Baptist World Alliance, meeting in Ocha Rios, Jamaica, July 1-6, 2013:

NOTES that Dr.J.Deotis Roberts will celebrate his 86th birthday in 2013, having been born to J.C. and Edith Roberts in Spindale, North Carolina, United States of America (USA), in 1927;

ACKNOWLEDGES Dr. Roberts’ outstanding work as one of the most prominent theologians in the world, author of more than fourteen books and more than one hundred scholarly articles, and one of the founders of the Black Theology Movement;

RECOGNIZES Dr. Roberts unwavering dedication and commitment as an educator, having taught at colleges, seminaries and universities across the USA and internationally, including the Howard Divinity School, Yale University, Duke University, and Eastern (now Palmer) Theological Seminary, committing much of his life to training leaders for the church and academy;

RECALLS Dr. Roberts’ former presidency of the American Theological Association and of the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, Georgia, USA;

NOTES that Dr. Roberts took an interdisciplinary approach to his work, insisting that the gospel of Christ speaks to all of humanity, and that Black Theology harmonizes with Christian theology, as he developed a constructive role for Black Theology, emphasizing that “Christ the liberator is likewise Christ the Redeemer”;

CELEBRATES Dr.Roberts’ commitment to reconciliation and dialogue during his distinguished career as theologian, peacemaker, and activist;

APPLAUDS Dr. Roberts as founder and president of the J. Deotis Roberts Research Library and Institute and of the Foundation for Religious and Educational Exchange, Inc.; and

REAFFIRMS Dr. Roberts’ call for Christians everywhere to live as “agents of reconciliation” overcoming estrangement, mending fences and breaking down walls of separation between human beings.

Citations

BWA General Council Resolution 2013.4 Appreciation for Dr. J. Deotis Roberts

Original Source Bibliography: Callam, Neville, editor. Baptist World Alliance 2013 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory. Falls Church, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 2013.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Neville Callam, ed., Baptist World Alliance 2013 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory (Falls Church, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 2013), pp. 140- 141.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA General Council Resolution 2013.4 Appreciation for Dr. J. Deotis Roberts; https://www.baptistworld.org/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA General Council Resolution 2013.4).

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