Justice & Mercy

Helping HandsApril 11, 2013 — The CBWC Board has approved the formation of the Justice and Mercy Committee to provide resources and guidance on issues of great concern to CBWC churches and their members.

The committee has been active since 2010 but received approval on April 6, 2013 so that it is now recognized formally as a committee of the CBWC.  It has been active in coordinating workshops on topics such as homelessness, affordable housing and refugees at past Assemblies and the Banff Pastor’s Conference.

The Justice and Mercy Committee works to develop a biblical theological vision of the Kingdom of God that fully includes the pursuit of justice and mercy, to analyze the root causes of injustice and to provide relevant resources and ideas for engaging in meaningful action to alleviate suffering and change society.

To find out more, go to Justice and Mercy Committee

The JMC is planning 5 workshops for The Gathering 2013, the CBWC’s biennial Assembly, held in Calgary May 30-June 1.  At these workshops, theological reflections, information sheets and reading lists will be available as resources on the topics of:

  • Restoring Our Relationship with Aboriginal People
  • Welcoming the Stranger
  • The Church’s Worship Engagement with Poverty
  • Earthkeeping and Care
  • The Face of Homelessness in Western Canada

These materials will be made available on the CBWC’s website once The Gathering is over.

Baptist World Alliance Will Meet in Chile

Baptists from across the world are preparing to attend the Baptist World Alliance® (BWA) Annual Gathering in Santiago, Chile, from July 2-7. The CBWC is a member of the BWA.

The gathering includes times for worship, fellowship, theological reflection, and decision making.

The two governing bodies, the General Council and the Executive Committee, will receive reports and consider recommendations and resolutions, including on membership within the organization, program activities, and preparations for the Baptist Youth World Conference to be held in Singapore in July 2013 and the Baptist World Congress in Durban, South Africa, in 2015.

There will be two forums. The first will be on Technology and Ministry and will explore the role of technology in worship, fellowship, and social ministry such as the use and role of the Internet, mobile technologies, and social media.

A second forum will focus on response to disasters and will draw on the experience of Chileans in the aftermath of the deadly 8.8 earthquake and tsunami that affected the South American country on February 27, 2010.

The Denominational Leaders Network will convene along with other affinity groups. Affinity groups are a gathering of persons sharing similar vocations or engaging in similar ministry endeavors. These include Baptists in higher education, pastors, as well as missioners and mission leaders.

Persons from the six regions of the BWA – Africa, Asia Pacific, Caribbean, Europe, Latin America and North America – will also come together for times of fellowship, sharing and planning.

Theological papers and discourses will form the bulk of the activities of the commissions of the BWA. Topics to be discussed include The History of Baptists in Chile, Evangelical Hymnody in Latin America, and Mapping a 21st Century Global Baptist Identity. There will also be a discussion titled Issues in Theological Education Around the World, and consideration of The Nature and Mission of the Church, a document produced by the Faith and Order Commission of the World Council of Churches.

BWA General Secretary Neville Callam has praised Chilean Baptist leaders for “the cooperation they have given in the preparations for the Gathering.” He anticipates that “it will be a memorable encounter of world Baptists with Latin American Baptist spirituality.”

More than 260 Baptist leaders and delegates from some 40 countries have registered for the Annual Gathering, which also includes times of worship and fellowship with Baptists in Chile.