U.S. Seventh-day Adventist Church Statement on Unrest in Ferguson, Mo.
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Silver Spring, Maryland/USA, 21.08.2014 / NAD/APD

The President of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in North America Daniel R. Jackson, issued the following statement in response to the ongoing unrest in Ferguson, Missouri on August 9, 2014:

“As a part of the larger family of America, Seventh-day Adventists grieve with Michael Brown’s family and extend our heartfelt condolences for their tragic loss. We are praying for our Ferguson community family who are in such great pain.

“We pray that justice will replace injustice, that truth will replace deceit, that inequality will be replaced by equitable brotherhood and that God's peace will prevail. We pray that the deeper issues made obvious by this situation will be addressed with immediacy, courage and effectiveness. We acknowledge that the pain being experienced today has not emerged out of this single incident but is rather a part of a much larger universal cry for justice.

“I pray that we will all hear with our ears and our hearts the words of a wise man who once said: ‘He has shown you O man what is good. And what does the Lord require of you, but to do justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.’ We will keep praying.”

The Seventh-day Adventist Church is a mainstream Protestant church with approximately 18 million members worldwide with more than one million members in North America. The Seventh-day Adventist Church, following the example of Jesus Christ, seeks to enhance quality of life for people everywhere. Their lives will illustrate both faith in God and the church's commitment to the betterment of all human beings.

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