Home Mission Board Statement on Trayvon Martin Verdict
By Home Mission Board | July 15, 2013
The Home Mission Board joins in the collective disappointment over the jury verdict that determined George Zimmerman not guilty in the death of Trayvon Martin. We also join all who continue to be outraged over a justice system which, given the national statistics of guilty verdicts and the subsequent incarceration of People of Color, needs major reform.
Our hearts and prayers go out to Trayvon's immediate and extended family in this period of grief and dismay. As they seek God's Will, we call for prayer for moral discernment as they move forward in their hunger and thirst for justice.
We also join those who call for Christ-centered calmness, self-discipline, moral discretion and increased community dialogue. May we be more vigilant than ever as we fight the good fight of faith for more love and less hatred, more peace and less violence, more truth and less lies, more justice and less unfair treatment under the law for one and all.
The Home Mission Board encourages all efforts on the part of the Federal Department of Justice that might lead to justice, as opposed to any decision that might cause further insult to the grievous injury to the heart of the Martin family.
Rev. Gilbert Pickett, Chairman
Charles Mock, Executive Secretary
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President Barack Obama's Remarks on the Trial, July 19, 2013