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The South Central Conference of Seventh-day Adventists along with the world watched, with shock and sorrow, the recent travesties perpetrated against Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd.  These horrific events serve as a reminder that justice continues to elude people of color.  We pray that our collective voices will rise into a chorus and cry for justice to dominate planet Earth.

We send condolences to the Arbery, Taylor, and Floyd families as they endure this night of grief and injustice. We seek comfort from Psalm 34:18 which states, “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted.  He saves those whose spirits have been crushed.”  We call for justice to prevail against the winds of contempt and complicity that led to these tragic and unnecessary moments.  We echo Amos 5:24 which proclaims, “Let justice run down like water, and righteousness like a mighty stream.”

When Christ returns, there will be “no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying.  There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away” (Revelation 21:4).  We know many are hurt and devastated, just as we are.  We encourage everyone to harness the power of their respective platforms to promote love and restraint during these difficult and challenging times.