Baptist World Alliance Response to ‘A Common Word’


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April 30, 2009

Dear BWA Member Bodies,

We greet you and pray you are doing well and rejoicing in our Lord, no matter what your circumstances.

I write today to share with you the formal BWA response to an Open Letter from Muslim Scholars entitled A Common Word, addressed to the leaders of Christian World communions, and received at the BWA Office in the fall of 2007.

After months of discussion and consultation among representatives and members of the Baptist World Alliance (BWA), we enclose the formal BWA response to ‘A Common Word’ and the original letter.   We have listened carefully to a wide range of responses from our diverse Baptist family, and taken into account the views of our friends and colleagues in other Christian traditions.  We believe this response reflects the mainstream of Baptist thought on the important issues raised in ‘A Common Word.’ As Baptists, we are aware of the need for better understanding between Christians and Muslims and our response represents an effort to give expression to this commitment.

Out of our desire for local participation in this process of fostering better relations between Christians and Muslims, beyond making our response available on our website, we are circulating this BWA response to you. You may wish to consider the appropriateness of initiating local discussions at the appropriate level.

Thank you for your partnership and fellowship in Christ and in our communal work of loving one another to further peace, religious freedom and knowledge of Christ.


Neville Callam

BWA General Secretary


Baptist World Alliance Response to A Common Word


Author: DanutM

Anglican theologian. Former Director for Faith and Development Middle East and Eastern Europe Region of World Vision International

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