2017: Bangkok, Thailand

The commission met at the BWA’s Annual Gathering, July 5-7, 2017, in Bangkok, Thailand. Topics of each session are described below. 


Dick Worley and Jarkawan Kinghirunwatana

Session 1: Baptist Heritage in Thailand

Wednesday, July 5, 2:00-4:00 pm

Rev. Dick Worley, who served for many years as an American Baptist missionary in Thailand, presented a fascinating overview paper on Baptist mission work in Thailand. This was followed by a time for questions and discussion. In the second hour Mr. Jarkawan Kinghirunwatana focused on the history of one of the most prominent Baptist churches in Thailand, followed by a time of questions and discussion. Both papers will be posted on this website soon.



Wado Saw

Session 2: Baptists in Myanmar

Thursday, July 6, 4:30-6:30 pm

This session was held jointly with the Commission on Religious Freedom. It featured Dr. Wado Saw, a colleague who was well qualified to speak about the history of the witness of Baptists from Myanmar. In the first hour, he presented an overview of 200 years of Baptist work in Burma/Myanmar. This paper will be posted to this website soon. The second hour included his presentation “Karen Baptists and Religious Freedom.” Both talks were followed by the usual time for questions and discussion.


work session

Session 3: Commission Projects

Friday, July 7, 2:00-4:00 pm

In this session, the commission discussed ongoing and future projects. This included the commission’s website, its global Baptist archives project, and tours of historic sites in Zürich. Working in conjunction with the BWA, the commission hopes to provide a variety of bus and walking tours of Anabaptist sites in and around Zürich during the 2018 Annual Gathering. Details will be forthcoming on this website as well as the BWA website. You can also contact the commission chair for more information.