Resolution on Corruption

Resolution on Corruption

BWA General Council Resolution 2014.4

The General Council of the Baptist World Alliance, meeting in Izmir, Turkey, July 9-11, 2014:

ACKNOWLEDGES that every human being is created in the image of God and thereby has an intrinsic value to God and to the world (Genesis 1:26-27);

AFFIRMS that God calls all people to do justice, love kindness and walk humbly with God (Micah 6:8);

RECOGNIZES that Jesus commands us to love God and to love our neighbor as ourselves as a model of practicing justice in the world today (Mark 12:33);

ENDORSES transparency and integrity in all aspects of public life as called for by the Exposed Campaign, a faith-based call to end corruption in government and business sectors; and

JOINS with brothers and sisters in various faith communities, including the World Council of Churches and the World Evangelical Alliance, in signing this public letter to the leaders of the G20 nations meeting in Brisbane, Australia in November 2014:

We, the leaders of faith based communities, issue this letter calling for integrity and transparency in public life.

We are part of the global EXPOSED campaign representing a billion people in 170 nations taking a stand against greed, secret deals and abuse of public influence, which happens everywhere and affects the poorest most. In 2010 developing countries lost around US$850 billion to illicit financial flows and tax evasion associated with trade mis-pricing costs developing countries $160bn a year. The lives of 230 little children could be saved every day if corruption issues were addressed and much needed funds were released for development.

As faith leaders, we repent of any practices that may have contributed to corruption, and mend our ways. And we call on G20 governments which have influence over nearly all multinationals operating around the globe, to promote greater transparency in their financial affairs.

[Previously], G20 finance leaders [had] the chance to address bribery and tax evasion in multinational companies and government officials. In November, government leaders could

BWA General Council Resolution 2014.4

endorse those measures in an historic meeting in Australia. It is our prayer that as you fulfil the G20’s mandate, the policies that you formulate will restore fairness and prevent greed.

ENCOURAGES all Baptist churches, conventions and unions to practice justice, accountability and transparency in all our dealings;

URGES all Baptists to call attention to corruption that can, and does, expose people to unnecessary suffering; and

CALLS UPON Baptists around the world to take action to combat corruption at every level in keeping with the biblical command to do justice, love kindness and walk humbly with God.

Citations

Original Source Bibliography: Callam, Neville, editor. Baptist World Alliance 2014 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory. Falls Church, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 2014.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Neville Callam, ed., Baptist World Alliance 2014 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory (Falls Church, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 2014), pp. 140- 141.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA General Council Resolution 2014.4 Corruption; https://www.baptistworld.org/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA General Council Resolution 2014.4).

Resolution on Corruption

End to United States of America (USA) Embargo on Cuba

BWA General Council Resolution 2013.7

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

ACKNOWLEDGES that more than two decades have passed since the end of the Cold War, and that most negative manifestations of that struggle have been ameliorated, except for the continuing USA embargo against Cuba begun in 1960;

AFFIRMS that the embargo does not serve the interests of the USA, Cuba or the international family of nations, much less so the interests of the Body of Christ in general, and the Baptist family, in particular; and

RECALLS the resolution it adopted at its meetings in Montego Bay, Jamaica, in 1992 and in Havana, Cuba, in 2000, calling upon governments “to remove economic sanctions relating to food and medicines” and “to reconsider the appropriateness of the use of economic sanctions in the effort to encourage changes in political situations;”

NOTES that several Baptist bodies in the USA, including two US conventions affiliated with the BWA – the American Baptist Churches USA and the Progressive National Baptist Convention – have been on record for more than two decades in opposition to the embargo; and

RECOGNIZES that annually, over the past 21 years, the United Nations General Assembly has voted – nearly unanimously – for an end to the embargo;

RECALLS the widely held belief that the lifting of the embargo will improve living conditions for Cubans and provide greater opportunities for commerce, education, and travel;

INVITES the member organizations of the Baptist World Alliance to stand in solidarity with Cuban Baptists who have been negatively impacted by this embargo;

COMMENDS the progress in the relationship between the USA and Cuba and urges the US government to lift all remaining restrictions on travel to Cuba by US citizens and
end the embargo against Cuba and re-establish formal diplomatic relations with the Cuban government; and

CALLS UPON the governments of USA and Cuba to set in place a process for negotiating legitimate bilateral grievances.

Citations

BWA General Council Resolution 2013.7 End to United States of America (USA) Embargo on Cuba

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. 142- 143.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA General Council Resolution 2013.7 End to United States of America (USA) Embargo on Cuba; https://www.baptistworld.org/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA General Council Resolution 2013.7).

For more information about Baptist World Alliance resolutions, visit BaptistWorld.org/resolutions.

Resolution on Corruption

Gratitude for Life and Ministry of George Liele

BWA General Council Resolution 2013.2

BWA General Council Resolution 2013.2 Gratitude for Life and Ministry of George Liele

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

RECOGNIZES George Liele as the first ordained black Baptist minister in America and a pioneer leader of Black churches in the USA of America;

ACKNOWLEDGES George Liele, founder of the First African Baptist Church in America and leader of churches in South Carolina and Georgia, who contributed to the development of church leaders including David George, Jessie Peters and Andrew Bryan in USA, and others in Africa, the Caribbean and Great Britain;

NOTES that George Liele evacuated with the British after the American Revolutionary War and, while many remained enslaved, he chose to migrate to Jamaica with his wife Hannah and their four children and ministered there for over forty years; and

LAUDS George Liele as the first Baptist missionary, ten years before William Carey sailed for India and thirty-three years before Adoniram Judson sailed for Myanmar; and

RECALLS that George Liele planted the first Baptist church in Jamaica, with membership drawn from both enslaved and free persons who had not been exposed to an ordained Black minister of the Gospel;

COMMENDS George Liele who, along with fellow American missionary, Moses Baker, whom he baptized, maintained correspondence with Dr. John Rippon and other Baptists and, together with other Ethiopian Baptists, including Parson Kellick, Thomas Swigle, George Gibb, George Vineyard, Miss Cooper and George Lewis, worked for the flourishing of the cause of Christ among the Jamaican people; and

OFFERS thanks and praise to God for the life and ministry of George Liele and places on record its gratitude to God for the remarkable life and legacy of this pioneer of Baptist mission.

Citations

BWA General Council Resolution 2013.7 End to United States of America (USA) Embargo on Cuba

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. 142- 143.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA General Council Resolution 2013.7 End to United States of America (USA) Embargo on Cuba; https://www.baptistworld.org/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA General Council Resolution 2013.7).

Resolution on Corruption

A Statement in Support of the Practices of “Just Peacemaking”

A Statement in Support of the Practices of “Just Peacemaking”

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BWA General Council Resolution 2011.9

The General Council of the Baptist World Alliance, meeting in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from July 4-9, 2011:

RECALLS that when Jesus approached Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, he wept over the city, saying, “If you, even you, had only recognized on this day the things that make for peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes” (Luke 19:42) and

ENVISIONS Jesus weeping over many cities and nations of our world because we do not know those things that make for peace.

THEREFORE the General Council:

ENDORSES the following ten practices of “just peacemaking” developed by scholars led by Baptist Professor Glen Stassen;

1) support nonviolent direct action,
2) take independent initiatives,
3) use cooperative conflict resolution,
4) acknowledge responsibility for conflict and injustice, seek repentance and forgiveness, 5) promote human rights, religious liberty, and democracy,

6) foster economic development that is just and sustainable,
7) work with cooperative networks in the international system,
8) strengthen the United Nations and international organizations,
9) reduce offensive weapons and weapons trade, and
10) support grassroots peacemaking groups and voluntary associations,

URGES all Baptist conventions, unions, churches and individuals to learn the practices of “Just Peacemaking”, to incorporate them into the teaching of the “things that make for peace” in our congregations and institutions, and to support these practices in the various contexts represented in our Alliance; and

CALLS on the various governments of the world to pursue these practices of “Just Peacemaking” in their leadership, policies, and actions.

Citations

BWA General Council Resolution 2012.1 Appreciation for Gardner Calvin Taylor

Original Source Bibliography: Callam, Neville, editor. Baptist World Alliance 2012 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory. Falls Church, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 2012.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Neville Callam, ed., Baptist World Alliance 2012 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory (Falls Church, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 2012), p. 148.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA General Council Resolution 2012.1 Appreciation for Gardner Calvin Taylor; https://www.baptistworld.org/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA General Council Resolution 2012.1).

Resolution on Corruption

Resolution on Foreign Guest Workers

Resolution on Foreign Guest Workers

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BWA General Council Resolution 2011.7

AFFIRMS the value of purposeful work for personal and social well-being and for economic and cultural progress;

REAFFIRMS its commitment to the principles articulated in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the associated International Covenants relating to employment;

RECOGNIZES the rights and responsibilities of employers and employees including fair pay for fair work and just workplace conditions;

ACKNOWLEDGES that foreign guest worker programs often provide better access to employment, security and regular wages and gives employees greater opportunities to financially support their families at home;

LAMENTS the fact that globally, some employers treat foreign guest workers unjustly and abuse their human rights;

CALLS on governments to enact and enforce laws guaranteeing the human rights and just working conditions of foreign guest worker visa holders;

CALLS on Baptist churches, conventions and unions to develop and support effective ministries of compassion and advocacy for current and former foreign guest workers who are suffering as a result of mistreatment by employers and the systems that support them; and

COMMITS to monitoring our dealings with others where foreign guest workers are involved.

Citations

BWA General Council Resolution 2011.7 Resolution on Foreign Guest Workers

Original Source Bibliography: Callam, Neville, editor. Baptist World Alliance 2011 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory. Falls Church, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 2011.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Neville Callam, ed., Baptist World Alliance 2011 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory (Falls Church, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 2011), pp. 136- 137.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA General Council Resolution 2011.7 Resolution on Foreign Guest Workers; https://www.baptistworld.org/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA General Council Resolution 2011.7).