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The Baptist World Congress was a splendid overall success, despite lower than desired attendance due to fears of Ebola and xenophobia in South Africa toward other foreign workers. The fellowship was warm. The worship was energizing. The workshops were substantive. The Bible studies occurred in six different languages. The wardrobes from around the world were […] Read More

Sometimes helping hurts, particularly within Christian mission work. Daniel Carro, professor of divinity at The John Leland Center for Theological Studies in Arlington, Virginia, and a Baptist Center for Ethics board member, explored this reality at a focus group during the Baptist World Alliance’s 2015 World Congress in Durban, South Africa. “Christian missionaries can come […] Read More

From the United States to South Korea and central Europe to South Africa, video interviews introduced readers to global Baptists. As part of its extensive coverage of the Baptist World Alliance’s 2015 World Congress, held in Durban, South Africa, from July 22-26, staff interviewed throughout the week a number of Baptists on a variety […] Read More

Baptists from around the world, meeting in Africa for the Baptist World Congress, heard updates from those in nations impacted by last year’s Ebola epidemic. Baptists from Liberia and Nigeria spoke, as did a Baptist from Ghana (where no one was diagnosed with a case of Ebola). The 2014 Ebola epidemic – the worst Ebola […] Read More

“Can anything good from Nazareth?” During the Baptist World Congress in Durban, South Africa, former Baptist World Alliance President David Coffey of the United Kingdom borrowed the famous question of the disciple Nathanael. Coffey quickly added that Baptists in Nazareth today lead him to answer the question with the affirmative. Speaking about interfaith dialogue, peacemaking, […] Read More

South African leaders spoke during the Baptist World Congress about the nation’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) that helped the nation’s transition from racial apartheid. With the Congress meeting in Durban, South Africa – the city where Nelson Mandela cast his first vote during the historic 1994 elections that rebirthed the nation – the focus […] Read More

Corneille Gato Munyamasoko, general secretary of the Association of Baptist Churches in Rwanda (AEBR), received the 2015 Baptist World Alliance Congress Quinquennial Human Rights Award. The presentation came on Thursday during the Baptist World Congress in Durban, South Africa. BWA General Secretary Neville Callam called Munyamasoko a “committed Christian” who has worked to “help people […] Read More

Baptists from across Africa offered an enthusiastic greeting to attendees of the opening session of the 21st Baptist World Congress. The Congress, an event held every five years by the Baptist World Alliance (BWA), convened Wednesday night in Durban, South Africa. It was the first Congress held in Africa, and the context of South Africa […] Read More

Baptists from more than 80 countries are meeting this week in Durban, South Africa, for the 21st Baptist World Congress. Held every five years by the Baptist World Alliance (BWA), the Congress brings Baptists together for worship, fellowship, missions, advocacy and dialogue. The theme for this year’s Congress, the first held in Africa, is “Jesus […] Read More