Statement from Presiding Bishop
Bishop Neil C. Ellis
It is with a deep sense of outrage and a heavy heart that I address the Ferguson, MO shooting of an unarmed teenager earlier this week. On behalf of Global United Fellowship, I offer my deepest condolences to the parents, family and friends of Mike Brown. Your loss, under any circumstances, would be intensely significant. Under the tragedy of these circumstances, your loss is indescribable. I pray that the God we know as comforter brings you peace as you wrestle with your unimaginable personal grief.
The death of Mike Brown is a loss to your community, and it is a loss to the world. All around the globe young people’s lives are being snatched away at an alarming rate and it is unacceptable. I cannot exist among unjustified killings and inhumane treatment towards my brothers and sisters, sons and daughters, without feeling the sting of this cruelty myself. I believe the words of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., “an injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
The Ferguson community has a right to be upset and in a state of unrest. The world community has a right to be alarmed. The Christian community has a right to be vigilant in its concern. As I watch the protests unfold in Ferguson, I want the family of Mike Brown and the citizens of Ferguson to know that Global United Fellowship feels your pain; hears your cries, and you do not stand alone in your fight for justice.
While we understand the outrage of the citizens of Ferguson and their high sense of frustration, Global United Fellowship does not condone acts of violence as an interim solution in this serious matter. We urge the citizens of Ferguson to continue peaceful demonstration. We stand firm in calling for a thorough investigation of the shooting of Mike Brown and swift justice to every perpetrator of wrong-doing in this situation.
We are intensely watching and we are praying that justice will prevail in the Ferguson, MO death of Mike Brown.