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Greetings from Melbourne, Australia!
I am writing to all members of our commission to give a report on the activity of the commission in Rio for those that were not present and to record the decisions and ideas for those that experienced Baptist heritage and identity in Rio.
Seoul To Rio
The SARS epidemic affected travel to Asia and travel generally throughout the world, causing the annual BWA meetings to be switched from Seoul to Rio. As a consequence, the numbers in attendance at the commissions and General Council were down significantly. The Brazilian Baptists were most hospitable. We enjoyed their music and the beauty of the sea and mountains.
Hopefully, most of the papers will be lodged by our web master onto our Heritage web site so watch this space over the next few weeks. Some other resources that were tabled include:
The Baptist World Alliance and Inter-Church Relationships by Ken Manley, Baptist Heritage & Identity Booklet No. 1, 2003. This is a 40 page booklet containing the script of the address given by Ken in Seville and is available from the BWA headquarters.
by Noah Israel, President of the Baptist Association of South
Africa entitled Baptist Association of South Africa Centenary
For copies write to Noah at firstname.lastname@example.org
Commission Programme in Rio
Our meetings had a Latin American colour to them. We had planned (on the recommendation of Tony Cupit) to address the theme of Baptists and Worship. This seemed most appropriate for Seoul and when we transferred our plans to Rio we maintained our commitments to those who were able to attend in Brazil.
(Several of the papers presented at the Heritage & identity Commission are available on this web site.)
We did make some time to share resources and news from members who were present. We reviewed the format for Rio with three longer sessions. We decided that refreshments and breaks were necessary to relieve tiredness.
Future topics suggested included:
The future of denominationalism in a post-denominational age
Baptists and social justice, war and peace, religious liberty. This topic also provoked the thought of a combined session with the Freedom and Justice Commission in Korea.
If there are resources known to you that you would like us to post on the web site, do email these to me. If you have news about Baptists who are working on heritage issues please also let me know.
Our web master David Parker would like to receive from us:
Cameos on Baptist history from different parts of the world including text and simple graphics
Information about resources in the way of books and conferences. In particular, standard histories of various areas and movements
Links for interesting web sites
General ideas to improve the interest in the web site.
Please send them to David at email@example.com
Check out our web site at http://www.bwa-baptist-heritage.org
Secretary, BWA Baptist Heritage & Identity Commission
Rev Dr Geoff Pound
Principal, Whitley College Director of Leadership Training, Baptist Union of Victoria Whitley College, 271 Royal Pde. PARKVILLE 3052
Phone: (61)+ 03+ 93423 567
Mobile: 0417 326 112 Fax: (03) 9347 8052
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