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Chile Chile Prepares to Host 2012 BWA Annual Gathering 


Baptist World Alliance (BWA) General Secretary Neville Callam met the leadership of the two BWA member bodies in Chile in October in preparation for the next BWA Annual Gathering to be held in that country in July 2012.


Among those present at the meeting Santiago, the Chilean capital, were Mauricio Reyes, president of the Union of Evangelical Baptist Churches of Chile (UBACH), and Daniel Vivanco, president of the National Baptist Convention of Chile. Both leaders assured Callam that good progress is being made in planning the 2012 Annual Gathering. Jorge Quinteros, vice president of UBACH, is chair of the Local Arrangements Committee. The presidents, together with representatives from both groups, discussed ways to make good use of the opportunity of hosting the Annual Gathering to benefit the local Baptist community. South America has hosted three BWA annual meet- ings — in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1983 and 1995, and in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 2003. Two Baptist World Congresses, which are held every fi ve years and planned by the BWA, were held on the conti- nent — in Rio de Janeiro in 1960 and in Buenos Aires in 1995. Baptists in Chile are ap- preciative of BWA’s acceptance of their invitation to hold the next Annual Gathering in their country.


The Chile local team responded positively to Callam’s request to help make the 2012 Annual Gather- ing refl ective of local Baptist culture and ethos. Upon his return to the Daniel Vivanco, right, president of the National Baptist Convention of Chile, and Mauricio Reyes, president of the Union of Evangelical Baptist Churches of Chile, stand beside a banner promoting the July 2012 BWA Annual Gathering to be held in Santiago


BWA Leaders of the major Christian bodies met at the international offi ces of the Baptist World Alliance (BWA) on October 19. The


Conference of Secretaries of Christian World Communions, comprising mainly general secretaries and other chief executive offi cers of the major Christian bodies around the world, together with other leaders of global church fellowships, were guests of BWA General Secretary Neville Callam. Callam made a brief presentation on Baptist life and witness and provided information on the major values that form the focus of the ministry of the BWA. The visit to the BWA by the 28- person delegation, including Olav Fykse Tveit, general Council of Churches (WCC), occurred 6 BAPTIST WORLD MAGAZINE


BWA Hosts Global Christian Leaders during the annual meeting of the Conference of Secretaries held at offi ces of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists in Silver Spring, Maryland, close


to Washington, DC. Meetings of the Conference of Secretaries are held in a different part of the world each year. The secretaries shared practical and common concerns, including issues sur- rounding the planning of international conferences, such as visa restrictions, as well as evangelism, religious freedom, justice and peace issues. secretary of the World


From left, Larry Miller, general secretary of the Global Christian Forum, Olav Fykse Tveit, general secretary of the World Council of Churches, and Patsy Davis, director of the BWA Women’s Department


BWA offi ces, Callam said he was impressed by the positive spirit and enthusiasm displayed at the meetings in Santiago. His expectations are high for another memorable experience at a BWA Annual Gathering. Jorge Quinteros, vice president of UBACH and chair of the Local Arrangements Committee for the 2012 BWA Annual Gathering

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