BWA General Council Resolution 2013.12

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

NOTES, with concern, the nuclear test carried out by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), the escalation of rhetoric involving the DPRK, Republic of Korea and the USA of America, and the fear that this can lead to armed conflict in the region;

AFFIRMS steps taken by the governments to return to peaceful means of negotiation and the de- escalation of hostilities;

ENCOURAGES efforts by the churches and NGO’s to promote mutual understanding, reconciliation and peaceful reunification, as we pray for wisdom and strength for our Christian sisters and brothers in Korea so they may continue their role as peacemakers, following the footsteps of our Lord Jesus Christ;

URGES the government of the USA to continue its diplomatic initiatives to return the governments of the Republic of South Korea and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea to the table to pursue peace talks, to listen to the voices of the Korean people, and to address their needs and issues; and

CALLS UPON the members of the Baptist World Alliance and Christians around the world to follow the teaching of Jesus to uphold and support all peaceful efforts to end the crisis on the Korean Peninsula, including prayers for the governments and peoples of the peninsula and surrounding countries.

Citations

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), p. 147.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA General Council Resolution 2013.12 Current Crisis on the Korean Peninsula; https://www.baptistworld.org/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA General Council Resolution 2013.12).

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