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Perspectives about the Trayvon Martin case

On Feb. 26, 2012, Trayvon Martin, an unarmed 17-year-old, was shot and killed by a member of a neighborhood watch in Sanford, Fla. Last week, the shooter, George Zimmerman, was found not guilty, in a verdict that has stirred debate and emotions nationwide.

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Sound the Alarm: Bronx pastor responds to Zimmerman verdict

This is not the time for usual pastoral letters indicating support for the aggrieved while being careful not to offend the white majority. The killing of black teenagers is rampant nation-wide, and is now legal in Florida.

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Reactions to Trayvon Martin’s death in context

Before any people ignore the gravity of the response of black individuals like myself to the killing of Trayvon Martin and the trial of his killer, I suggest they turn in the United Methodist Hymnal to No. 519, “Lift Every Voice and Sing.”

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Reflections on what Trayvon Martin case means for Christians

Many took to the streets to protest the not-guilty verdict in the trial of George Zimmerman, but many also went to their houses of worship to find peace and seek answers.

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Sanford, the peace of Christ and our birthright gift

I am praying for people of the United Methodist Church in Sanford. I am praying that they will be an outward and visible sign of God’s peace , justice, reconciliation and healing in the days ahead. I am praying that they, and we, do not waste this teachable moment. — Bishop Ken Carter of the Florida Annual (regional) Conference.

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Details of penalty for Rev. Amy DeLong

Click image to enlarge and for caption info. After more than six hours of deliberations, a jury of 13 United Methodist clergy voted 9-4 to suspend the Rev. Amy DeLong for 20 days beginning July 1. The …

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Statement from Bishop Linda Lee of the Wisconsin Conference

“The trial was truly a heart-wrenching and painful process. Yet, we have hope because of our common faith in Jesus Christ, and trust that some growth and good can come from this. I believe it was handled with as much integrity as possible. And I appreciated the mutual regard for each other expressed by the …

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6 p.m. EDT June 23: Jury votes to suspend Wisconsin pastor

A jury of 13 United Methodist clergy in the church trial of the Rev. Amy DeLong voted 9-4 to suspend the pastor for a period of 20 days, beginning in July. The jury convicted DeLong on a charge of performing a same-sex union in violation of church law. Details were to be announced soon after …

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1: 30 p.m. EST, June 23: Penalty closing arguments

The United Methodist Church’s counsel asked the jury to suspend the Rev. Amy DeLong indefinitely until she agrees in writing not to perform same-sex unions or the denomination’s law on such unions is changed. “Contrary to the statements of some of those who testified yesterday afternoon, this is not some insignificant violation of the terms …

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11:35 a.m., June 23: DeLong testifies in penalty phase

The Rev. Amy DeLong testified that she would not abide by The United Methodist Church’s ban against clergy officiating at same-sex unions. “I can’t imagine doing that,” she said in testimony Wednesday afternoon, during the penalty phase of the trial. A jury, or trial court, of 13 Wisconsin ordained elders unanimously found DeLong guilty of …

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