Resolution on Ministry to Refugees

Resolution on Ministry to Refugees

BWA General Council Resolution 2016.1

The Baptist World Alliance General Council, meeting in Vancouver, Canada, July 6-8, 2016:

ACKNOWLEDGES the profound challenges created in many parts of our world by the massive flow of refugees and displaced persons,

CALLS upon its member bodies, affiliated churches, and individual believers to actively embrace opportunities for Christian ministry and witness that exemplify the biblical teaching to love the stranger (Lev. 19:18b) and Jesus’ teaching to love our neighbors as ourselves (Matt. 22:37-40), being salt and light in ways that bring the values of our Lord into our culture;

ENCOURAGES Christian believers to personally engage with all refugees and displaced persons, generously showing God’s love and care as we demonstrate the sufficiency of God made known through Jesus Christ.

Citations

Original Source Bibliography: Callam, Neville, editor. Baptist World Alliance 2016 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory. Falls Church, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 2016.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Neville Callam, ed., Baptist World Alliance 2016 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory (Falls Church, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 2016), p. 140.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA General Council Resolution 2016.1 Resolution on Ministry to Refugees; https://www.baptistworld.org/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA General Council Resolution 2016.1).

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

Resolution on Ministry to Refugees

Resolution on Refugees in East Africa

BWA General Council Resolution 2017.4

The Baptist World Alliance General Council, meeting in Bangkok, Thailand, July 5-7, 2017:

NOTES with appreciation the resolution titled “Ministry to Refugees” adopted by the General Council of the Baptist World Alliance meeting in Vancouver, Canada, July 6-8, 2016;

ACKNOWLEDGES the deteriorating circumstances in some nations of East Africa resulting in a significant expansion of refugees seeking food, shelter and safety;

RECOGNIZES the heroic responses of Baptist bodies in East Africa to these changing circumstances; and

REQUESTS Baptists around the world to remember the people of East Africa in prayer and to provide support as possible.

Citations

Original Source Bibliography: Callam, Neville, editor. Baptist World Alliance 2017 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory. Falls Church, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 2017.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Neville Callam, ed., Baptist World Alliance 2017 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory (Falls Church, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 2017), p. 148.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA General Council Resolution 2017.4 Resolution on Refugees in East Africa; https://www.baptistworld.org/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA General Council Resolution 2017.4).

Resolution on Ministry to Refugees

Resolution on Preserving the Primacy of Family in Immigration

BWA General Council Resolution 2018.3

The Baptist World Alliance General Council, meeting in Zurich, Switzerland, July 2-6, 2018:

RECOGNIZES that the human desire to preserve and protect one’s family from violence, disease, economic depravity, and other threatening conditions is universal and drives millions of people to leave their homelands seeking better lives for themselves and their family members;

AFFIRMS the clear biblical mandate to welcome the stranger and for followers of Jesus to respond with love and justice to the plight of immigrants, migrants, and refugees (Micah 6:8; Matt. 22:34- 40, 25:35, 40; Rom. 12:13; Heb. 13:1-3.);

ASSERTS our belief that God created the family as the primary social unit, and that families are integral to a healthy society;

REAFFIRMS our past resolutions noting our position on the rights and dignity of immigrants, migrants, and refugees, including those adopted in 2013, 2016, and 2017;

LAMENTS recent actions by the U.S. government that separated more than 2,000 migrant children from the parents, many of whom remain in detention even as their parents have already been deported;

REJECTS claims by some U.S. government officials that the Bible justifies a policy of forced separation of families, and urges the U.S. government to work toward reuniting each family and prevent such separations in the future;

CALLS upon individuals, churches, and religious organizations to be involved in immigration issues supporting the primacy of family solidarity;

ENCOURAGES all Baptists to prophetically challenge immoral policies that seek to undermine the rights and dignity of immigrants, migrants, and refugees; and

URGES all governments to follow international law regarding the proper treatment of immigrants, migrants, and refugees, and to uphold the primacy of the family unit.

Citations

Original Source Bibliography: Brown, Elijah M., editor. Baptist World Alliance 2018 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory. Falls Church, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 2018.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Elijah M. Brown, ed., Baptist World Alliance 2018 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory (Falls Church, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 2018), p. 151.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA General Council Resolution 2018.3 Resolution on Preserving the Primacy of Family in Immigration; https://www.baptistworld.org/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA General Council Resolution 2018.3).

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

Resolution on Ministry to Refugees

Humanitarian Crisis of the Mass Migration of Unaccompanied Minors in the Americas

BWA General Council Resolution 2014.6

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

ACKNOWLEDGES the human tragedy of the recent flood of unaccompanied minors to the United States who risk their lives in search of safety, economic resources and justice;

VOICES ITS CONCERN for these unaccompanied minors who are victimized by separation from their families, economic exploitation, lack of medical care and education, discrimination, and who are sometimes subjected to a hostile host environment;

REAFFIRMS the BWA Resolution 16 of 2013 on Displaced Persons of 2013 and its call to the governments of the countries involved to seek together a comprehensive approach to the underlying issues across the region that contribute to this social and human tragedy;

MAINTAINS that this is not primarily an issue of unprotected borders, but a humanitarian crisis affecting the countries of origin and all of the United States, especially the states of California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas, as the principal receiving country;

CHALLENGES the churches in the region to practice hospitality and charity as they regard each minor as a neighbor and child of God;

  • Whereas, United States Customs and Border Protection agents have apprehended more than 46,000 unaccompanied minors since October 1, 2013 and estimates apprehensions this year may reach 90,000; and
  • Whereas, increasing numbers of minors are coming from the Central American nations of Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador, where poverty is widespread and violence is rising; and Whereas, these children, once in the United States, require proper care and supervision; and
  • Whereas, the United States has an overburdened immigration court system and a confusing policy framework; and
  • Whereas, unaccompanied minors who come to the United States often end up staying for years before their cases are resolved; and
  • Whereas, some communities have expressed hostility toward these children; and
  • Whereas, these children are not at fault either for the circumstances in their home countries or for the confusion created by human smugglers and American policy;
  • Therefore be it resolved, the Texas Baptist Christian Life Commission encourages [Baptists] to remember the many biblical injunctions about caring for the “stranger” or immigrant, as reflected in the words of Jesus, “I was a stranger and you welcomed me;”

JOINS its voice with theirs to urge BWA member bodies and churches to:

  1. Respond to the need for spiritual support and pastoral services for these children;
  2. Create welcoming communities in the various places where these unaccompanied minors are
    being housed;
  3. Communicate with their Latin American networks that the journey is dangerous and
    misinformation is being spread about the situation that awaits these minors in the United States;
    and
  4. Promote seasons of prayer for the people of Central America, for the children who are traveling
    to the United States and for all those responding to this human tragedy.

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. 142- 144.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA General Council Resolution 2014.6 Humanitarian Crisis of the Mass Migration of Unaccompanied Minors in the Americas; https://www.baptistworld.org/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA General Council Resolution 2014.6).

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

Resolution on Ministry to Refugees

Resolution on the Paris Agreement and Climate Change

BWA General Council Resolution 2016.3

The Baptist World Alliance General Council, meeting in Vancouver, Canada, July 6-8, 2016: CONTINUES TO BELIEVE AND AFFIRM:

• God is the creator, sustainer, and Lord of all, delights in creation, and is committed to its care and renewal;

• The biblical teaching that the earth is God’s creation and we, also as God’s creation, are to nurture and care for it;

RENEWS its desire to follow-up the implications of the climate change resolutions made at the General Councils in Prague, the Czech Republic (2008); Ede, the Netherlands (2009); and Santiago, Chile (2012);

RECOGNIZES that leaders from 195 countries gathered in Paris in December 2015 for a United Nations Conference on Climate Change, which led to the signing of the Paris Agreement by 174 countries on Earth Day (April 22) in 2016;

NOTES that this is the most widely endorsed climate agreement to date and one that includes many legally binding provisions;

LAMENTS that climate change is a current reality, resulting in rising sea levels, droughts, the spread of diseases, more violent storms, disruptions to animal species, and greater food insecurity;

EXPRESSES special concern for nations with fewer resources to address the negative consequences, including the increasing number of climate refugees;

ACKNOWLEDGES that all of us have contributed to historic carbon levels, damaging God’s creation and harming our global neighbors, and that those of us in nations contributing more to climate change need to listen to the stories of those already impacted; and

URGES global Baptists to develop a vibrant theology of creation care, educating and advocating for practices based on love of neighbor over economic gain.

Citations

Original Source Bibliography: Callam, Neville, editor. Baptist World Alliance 2016 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory. Falls Church, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 2016.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Neville Callam, ed., Baptist World Alliance 2016 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory (Falls Church, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 2016), p. 142.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA General Council Resolution 2016.3 Resolution on the Paris Agreement and Climate Change; https://www.baptistworld.org/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA General Council Resolution 2016.3).


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