Previous Years

2016: Vancouver, Canada

The commission met in Vancouver, Canada, during the BWA’s Annual Gathering from July 6-8, 2016. Topics of each session are described below.    Session 1:  Wednesday, July 6, 2:00-4:00 pm 2:00-2:15 – Introductions and Updates on Commission Members Dr. Brian Talbot opened the series of meetings with a reading from Psalm 107 and prayer, followed by...

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2015: Durban, South Africa

The Baptist World Congress met in Durban, South Africa, from July 22-26, 2015. As is usual on these occasions (in contrast with the regular annual General Council), there were no dedicated sessions for the commissions to meet. However, commission members enjoyed visiting with Baptists from around the world on topics of Baptist heritage and identity.  

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2014: Izmir, Turkey

The commission met in Izmir, Turkey, during the BWA’s Annual Gathering from July 6-12, 2014. In Izmir, no formal papers were presented at any of our three sessions. We held a joint session with the Commission on Religious Liberty, led by Turkish pastor, Ertan Cevik, with two other Turkish pastors participating, on the topic,"‘Baptist Life...

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2013: Ochos Rios, Jamaica

  The commission met in Ochos Rios, Jamaica, during the BWA’s Annual Gathering from July 1 - 6, 2013.   Monday, July 1 Tour of Jamaican Baptist historical sites Tuesday, July 2, 2:00 – 4:30 Introductions. Reports on Projects. Doreen Morrison and Glenroy Lalor: “The History of Jamaican Baptists” Note: Paper as presented not available; but...

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2012: Santiago, Chile

The commission met in Santiago, Chile, during the BWA’s Annual Gathering from July 2-7, 2012. The Heritage and Commission program was attended by large numbers for most of the sessions. In fact, there was an overflow for some of the sessions, with people spilling into the area outside the meeting room. The local interest was...

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2011: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

  The commission met in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, during the BWA’s Annual Gathering from July 4-9, 2011. Melaka tour participants The 2011 session of the BWA Heritage and Identity Commission began on Monday, July 4, with a tour from Kuala Lumpur to Melaka (or Malacca) organised by the Commission and open to all interested people....

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2010: Honolulu, USA

Worship at the Congress The Baptist World Congress met in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA, from July 28 to August 1, 2010. Several Commission members were present at the congress, but as is usual on these occasions (in contrast with the regular annual General Council), there were no dedicated sessions for the commissions. At the General Council meetings held...

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2009: Ede, Netherlands

Commission members in Ede The commission met in Ede, Netherlands, during the BWA’s Annual Gathering from July 28-31, 2009. At the 2009 BWA Gathering members and friends of the Baptist History and Identity Commission met for four sessions, the first three to hear and discuss papers and the fourth to sum up the work of...

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2008: Prague, Czech Republic

The commission met in Prague, Czech Republic, during the BWA’s Annual Gathering from July 20-25, 2008. Amid fine afternoons of glorious sight-seeing, delicious dinners around fellowship tables, and intensive sessions of reflective exchange, the BWA family gathered. Some three dozen members of the Heritage and Identity Commission attended the week's events, some of whom had...

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2007: Accra, Ghana

The commission met in Accra, Ghana, during the BWA’s Annual Gathering from July 3-7, 2007. Present for at least one of the three sessions were these members: Eljee Bentley (USA); Cawley Bolt (Jamaica); Karen Bullock (USA); Michael and Eirlys Cleves (UK); Devon Dick (Jamaica); Hector Gonzales (USA); Thorsten Graff (Germany); Peter Morden (UK); Robert Nash...

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2006: Mexico City, Mexico

The commission met in Mexico City, Mexico, during the BWA’s Annual Gathering from July 2-8, 2006. Opening Session Commission members in Mexico City Karen Bullock, chair of the Baptist Heritage and Identity Commission, welcomed approximately 20 members and 17 visitors to the first session of the Baptist Heritage and Identity Commission's meeting in Mexico City, July...

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2005: Birmingham, United Kingdom

The commission met in Birmingham, England, during the BWA’s Centenary Congress from July 26-31, 2005.  Because of the scheduled events of the festivities, neither the Committees nor the Study and Research Commissions met in separate sessions this year. Instead, continuing and new members of these groups met in special-called sessions both to receive information and make...

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2004: Seoul, South Korea

The commission met in Seoul, South Korea, during the BWA’s Annual Gathering from July 27-30, 2004. Session 1 Commission members in Seoul Tuesday 27 July 6.00-7.00pm This was a short session that preceded the welcome dinner from the people of Seoul. It was attended by Ken Manley (Australia), Dick Pierard (USA), Veronica Rae (South Africa),...

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2003: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

The commission met in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, during the BWA’s Annual Gathering from July 8-11, 2003. 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...

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2002: Seville, Spain

The commission met in Seville, Spain, during the BWA’s Annual Gathering from July 9-12, 2002. Commission members in Seville Session 1 6.00-8.00pm Tuesday 9 July 2002 Roll Call: Eljee Bentley, Karen Bullock, Chuck Webber, Brian Bowers, Faith Bowers, Noel Vose, Robert Cochran, Lewis Drummond, Bill Slack, James Scirratt, Bernie Spooner, Ken Manley, John Briggs, Ole...

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2001: Charlottetown, Canada

The commission met in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada, during the BWA’s Annual Gathering from July 3-6, 2001. The meetings were very well attended with a total of 55 different people attending from 15 different countries.   Tuesday 3 July 2001 Session 1 Leadership: Zelijko Mraz, Charles Weber, Karen Bullock, Geoff Pound Chuck Weber welcomed people...

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2000: Havana, Cuba

The commission met in Havana, Cuba, during the BWA's Annual Gathering from July 3-8, 2000. ATTENDANCE: Chuck Weber (Chairperson), Craig Sherouse, Ken Manley, David Parker, Quinn Pugh, Albert Wardin, Lewis Drummond, Winston Clemetson, Arnaldo Galdez, Thomas Corts, Eljee Bentley, John Compton, James Scirratt, Roberto De Souza, Cawley Bolt, Horace Russell, Philip Rahming, Misiodera Hernandez, Dinorah...

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