Union of Black Episcopalians at 50

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Stephanie Spellers, Indianapolis Bishop Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows and the Rev. Keith Yamamoto were among more than 300 laity and clergy who attended UBE’s 50th anniversary celebration July 23-27 in Nassau, Bahamas. Spellers, the presiding bishop’s canon for evangelism and reconciliation, challenged the gathering to step out and proclaim the Gospel we already know. Photo: Pat McCaughan/Episcopal News Service[Episcopal News Service – Nassau, Bahamas] The Union of Black Episcopalians wrapped up a 50th anniversary celebratory conference here July 27, reviewing and renewing the organization’s historic commitment to justice for all, embracing the Jesus Movement’s way of love, and affirming its calls to youth and to ministry to the most vulnerable.About 300 youth, young adults, laity and clergy from across the Americas and the United Kingdom enjoyed Nassau’s warm island hospitality and climate, and opportunities for daily Morning Prayer and bible study. Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s opening sermon July 23 at Christ Church Cathedral sparked spirited, standing-room-only nightly worship with gospel choirs, jazz music and dance ministries in local congregations.When on July 25 Curry announced he would undergo surgery for prostate cancer, UBE attendees felt shock and fell silent, responding in prayer as did thousands of Episcopalians and Anglicans worldwide.Provocative presenters and panelists considered UBE’s role and continuing relevance in a post-Christian, increasingly racially and ethnically divided and politically charged world. Discussions included the complexities of multiculturalism, becoming the beloved community, the Jesus Movement, environmental justice, current clergy trends and youth leadership.UBE National President Annette Buchanan renewed the organization’s mission to support African-American seminarians like Shawn Evelyn, left, from the Diocese of Los Angeles, who attends the Virginia Theological Seminary. Photo: Pat McCaughan/Episcopal News ServiceUBE National President Annette Buchanan proclaimed the organization “the largest advocacy group in the Episcopal Church.” And she announced the addition of new chapters, expanding collaborative advocacy initiative and offering ongoing support of black youth, seminarians, congregations, clergy and institutions.UBE alum Aaron Ferguson, now an Atlanta financial consultant, told banquet attendees on July 26 that the organization’s mentoring and support transformed his life. It afforded him opportunities to travel, create lasting friendships, acquire college scholarships, and garner appointments to such church bodies as the Standing Commission on National Concerns at age 19.“We hear the board meeting, the business meeting, we talk about all those things. (But) UBE has a spirit about itself that affected my life tremendously,” he said. “I promise you, there’s some young people here whose lives will be changed in ways you can’t imagine, with the wonderful way UBE operates, to create this inner sanctum of peace, safety and security for young black people in the church.”UBE: ‘Made for such a time as this’No stranger to turbulent times, UBE emerged in 1968, the same year Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated and the Kerner Commission concluded the nation’s 1967 riots and civil unrest were sparked by its steady move toward two societies: one black, one white; separate and unequal.The Rev. Gayle Fisher Stewart, an associate pastor at Calvary Church in Washington, D.C., and a conference co-dean, said that knowledge made the anniversary celebration “both exciting but also bittersweet because we are looking at the very same conditions in our society then and now.”The Rev. Kelly Brown Douglas, dean of the Episcopal Divinity School at Union Theological Seminary, a conference presenter, agreed.“We’ve come a long, long way during these 50 years yet … the very violence that took Martin Luther King’s life remains a prevalent and pervasive reality in our land, in our nation today,” she told the gathering via Skype from New York City.“That assassin’s bullet is a manifestation of the very same violence that is the legacy of slavery, the very same violence that is white supremacy … that is ‘make America great again,’” she said, amid applause.African-Americans continue to disproportionately experience extreme poverty; institutionalized racism; and a lack of decent housing, jobs, educational and recreational opportunities. Such lack contributes to pervasive violence – both self-inflicted and often at the hands of law enforcement authorities – and makes eventual incarceration more likely, contributing to what Douglas called “a poverty to prison to death pipeline.”U.S. poverty rates hover at 22 percent for blacks and 19 percent for Latinos, more than double the 8.8 percent for their white counterparts. African-Americans number 13.2 percent of the U.S. population, but are 5.1 times more likely than whites to be incarcerated; constituting almost 40 percent of the prison population, she said.But Douglas and the Rev. Canon Stephanie Spellers, the presiding bishop’s canon for evangelism and reconciliation, described the presiding bishop’s initiatives as a way for the black church to strengthen its characteristic faith and to help others thrive despite the current climate.Curry’s Jesus Movement calls us to a rule of life, a way of life, back to “the center of black faith … to discover what compelled slaves to continue to fight for justice against all odds and never succumb to the enslaving conditions of death that were around them,” Douglas said.That faith was born of struggle and challenge, yet when slaves sang spirituals such as “Were You There When They Crucified My Lord,” they were affirming Jesus’ presence with them in their suffering and pain. That, not only was he there with them, but they were present to him as well. “They were living in this crucified reality” from which they drew strength to survive, she said.That song represents both a call and a challenge to the black church’s present reality, she added. “What does it mean to be there with Jesus, not at the foot of the cross, but on the cross? What does that mean to be with the crucified classes of people in our own time?”Douglas said it means it isn’t about fighting to be at the center of the inside (of institutions), but rather to be accountable to and in solidarity with those who are on “the underside of the outside” – to be in solidarity with the most vulnerable today, such as transgendered teenagers, who have the nation’s highest suicide rate, or with asylum-seeking immigrant parents separated from their children.Spellers told the gathering that on May 19, Curry’s sermon at the royal wedding “proclaimed the Gospel and the world responded with a resounding ‘Amen!’ Now, black Episcopalians have to step out of the shadows and outside of our churches and proclaim it, too, proclaim the Gospel we know. Proclaim the love and saving power of the God we know in Christ so that the world can know him and love him too.”May 19 was the day “Christians woke up and said, ‘That’s not the church I left when I was 13. I’m coming back.’ It was the day that atheists began to tweet, ‘If that’s Christian, sign me up.’”Within a week of the royal wedding, a newly created Facebook page, Episcopal Evangelists, had 2,000 followers, she said. A “Saturday Night Live” skit, featuring Kenan Thompson as Curry, offered great one-liners that the presiding bishop loved, like “they gave me five minutes but the good Lord multiplied it to a cool 15.”After Curry preached, people not only discussed his sermon, Spellers said, but they were “debating the power of love. The word ‘Episcopal’ was the most searched term on Google that Saturday. People were so curious about what is this church and what kind of Jesus does this guy know about.”The presiding bishop woke the world up about the Episcopal Church. But, “at times such as these … when white supremacy has gained not just a toehold, but is sleeping in the White House, … when our nation scoffs at the poor and the refugee and the widow and children and everybody Jesus loved most,” the world needs Christians to wake up too, Spellers said.“The world needs Episcopalians whose lives depend on the God we know in Jesus Christ, and if there is anyone in this church who has needed this faith to survive, who has wrested the faith from the hand of the colonizer and the hand of the master, surely it is black Episcopalians,” Spellers told the gathering.UBE is celebrating not just a half-century but 400 years of black Anglicans on this continent, she added, with “the ups and downs, the trials and triumphs that have brought us to this moment. … The question now is, do we know what time it is?”Multiculturalism and becoming the beloved communityMassachusetts Suffragan Bishop Gayle Harris was the first woman to celebrate Eucharist at the Holy Cross Anglican Church in Nassau, Bahamas. Photo: Pat McCaughan/Episcopal News ServicePanel discussions focused on changing circumstances affecting many already-vulnerable black churches, such as diminishing opportunities for full-time traditional clergy employment, and ways to welcome those with different cultural identities, including youth, who have largely left the church.Elliston Rahming, author and Bahamian ambassador to the United Nations, told the gathering that, while the United States prides itself on being “a melting pot” for all cultural identities, the percentage of foreign-born people in the general population has remained static over the past 156 years.“In 1860, foreign-born citizens within the U.S. represented about 13.2 percent of the population. In 2016, there were 43 million foreign-born citizens within the United States, representing about 13.5 percent,” he said.Quoting a 2013 “Christianity Today” article by Ed Stetzer, Rahming added, “The church is called upon to be an instrument in the world showing and sharing the love of Jesus. The church is also to be a sign pointing to the Kingdom of God and acting as a credible witness of God’s power. People are supposed to look at the church and say that’s what the Kingdom of God ought to look like.”Yet, to paraphrase Martin Luther King, “Sunday morning at 11 a.m. is still the most segregated hour in the U.S.,” he said.Heidi Kim, the church’s missioner for racial reconciliation, and the Rev. Chuck Wynder, missioner for social justice and advocacy engagement, presented “Becoming the Beloved Community,” a reconciling initiative to help “repair the breach.”Kim and Wynder, who have organized justice pilgrimages as a way to healing and transformation, called the resource creative, adaptable and different.“Previously we thought we’d just make everybody do anti-racism training and then we’d all be trained and everything would be fine, but that didn’t work,” Kim said.The Rev. Sandye Wilson said facilitating authentic relationships at the Episcopal Church of St. Andrew and Holy Communion in South Orange, New Jersey, where she is rector, requires “deep prayer, with deep respect for the traditions of all the people who are there, with an opportunity for people to learn from one another.”Wilson said, “My challenge to us is to recognize that the kind of hospitality we have to offer folks is very different from years ago when American blacks sat on one side of the aisle in churches and folks from the Caribbean sat on other. Just because we look alike doesn’t mean our experiences have been similar. And our hermeneutic of life is determined by our lived experiences.”In another workshop discussion, the Rev. Anne Mallonee, executive vice president and chief ecclesiastical officer for the Church Pension Group, said the traditional model of the full-time priest is in decline because of dwindling membership, aging congregations, and static pledge and plate income, accompanied by rising costs – trends that had prompted some UBE youth delegates to question the church’s goal of raising up leadership if congregations are unable to fairly compensate them.Strategic Outreach: ‘A seat at the table’UBE added three new chapters – Haiti, Alabama and Central Gulf Coast – to its current 35, collaborated with the Consultation and Deputies of Color to help ensure representation on church-elected bodies, and passed supportive legislation at the 79th General Convention affording members “a seat at the table,” according to Buchanan in her address at the July 26 business meeting.UBE also supported the Episcopal Church’s appointment of the Rev. Ron Byrd as missioner for the office of black ministries, she said. Byrd, who had been slated to speak at the gathering, was called away because of a family illness.UBE Youth participants planned and led a July 25 worship service at Holy Cross Anglican Church in Nassau, Bahamas. Photo: Pat McCaughan/Episcopal News ServiceYouth representatives Julia Jones and Cameron Scott reported that a dozen youth from Texas, Florida, Pennsylvania, Alaska, Michigan and Georgia attended the conference. They participated in a local service project along with their Bahamian counterparts, Jones said.They also led July 25 evening worship, a jazz mass at Holy Cross Anglican Church, “the highlight of our conference,” according to Jones. “We definitely felt the Holy Spirit moving.”And while a panel of youth representatives called for change, telling the gathering they are frustrated with their lack of voice, power and role in church leadership, Jones said, “We know we are the future and we are proud to live up to that challenge.”UBE’s continued support of the historically black St. Augustine’s University in Raleigh, North Carolina, and Voorhees College in Denmark, South Carolina, was acknowledged by their respective presidents, who reported increased enrollment and fundraising efforts, expanded curricula and higher retention rates.Buchanan said UBE’s priorities remain to foster the vitality of black churches and to support laity and clergy. The organization is planning to offer mentoring programs for both and has already sought to strengthen its ties with clergy in the dioceses of New Jersey, Newark, New York, Long Island and Maryland.Additionally, the organization provided financial and material aid to Hurricane Irma victims in both the United States and the British Virgin Islands. The organization is hoping to recruit clergy for three- to four-week stays in the Virgin Islands to offer much-needed rest to overwhelmed clergy, she said.The next annual meeting is planned for late July 2019 in Los Angeles.Honorees at the organization’s July 27 banquet included:Diane Porter, with the Marie Hopkins Award for outstanding contributions to the social mission of the church;Austin, Texas, City Councilwoman Ora Houston with the Dr. Verna Dozier Award for service-oriented work;Dr. John F. Robertson, a founding UBE member, with a special community award for physical and mental health initiatives and “for ensuring UBE stays a healthy community,” Buchanan said;The Rev. Donald G. Kerr, assistant curate, St. Barnabas Parish in Nassau, for facilitating the organization’s first gathering outside the United States; andPanama Bishop Julio Murray, who in August will be consecrated primate of the Church in Central America, with the 2018 Presidential Award for steadfast support of youth and UBE.He called the award “a surprise. You do what you do because God has given us talents and gifts and we need to share,” he told the gathering.“The Union has played a very important part in my life,” Murray said, adding that the organization gives voice to brothers and sisters across the diaspora and raises up youth leaders. “We need to keep connected. While we are together, we are so strong. We are called to be a union. We need each other; we need to take care of each other.“Union of Black Episcopalians, don’t stop only at change. We need to continue to work for transformation,” he said.“If you stop at change, it will go back to be what it used to and some of that is going on now. So we need to move and work together for transformation so that it will never be what it used to, but it will be part, as (Presiding Bishop) Michael (Curry) would say, part of the dream God has for all of us.”– The Rev. Pat McCaughan is a correspondent for the Episcopal News Service. Rector Hopkinsville, KY Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector Martinsville, VA Rector Tampa, FL Featured Events Rector Smithfield, NC Director of Music Morristown, NJlast_img read more

Applications for Big Give Christmas Challenge open today

first_img Tagged with: christmas Giving Tuesday The Big Give AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis28 Applications for Big Give Christmas Challenge open today Be registered in the UK or have exempt status from HMRCBe registered on theBigGive.org.uk (sign up for free)Have at least one year of filed accounts and an annual income of £25,000 or more (as per last filed accounts)Key datesStage one application: 5th June – 7th July (stage one applications must be submitted by 7th July deadline.Stage two application (pledge collection): 5th June – 1st SeptemberNotification: 18th September – 6th OctoberChristmas Challenge: 28th November – 5th December The Big Give’s Christmas Challenge match-funding campaign opens for applications today.2017 is the Big Give’s tenth anniversary, and will see the Christmas Challenge take place on a bigger scale than previous years with more match funding from campaign Champions available. This year The Coles-Medlock Foundation, The Four Acre Trust, and The Hospital Saturday Fund join the Champions for the first time. They will provide funding alongside The Reed Foundation, The Childhood Trust, Ethiopiaid, Candis and others.Applications are open until 7th July. The campaign will again launch on #GivingTuesday, and will run continuously over seven days.Since its 2008 launch, the Christmas Challenge has raised over £78 million for participating charities, with donations matched by Big Give ‘Champions’: Trusts, Foundations, philanthropists and corporates who support the initiative, as well as charities’ major donors.Alex Day, director of the Big Give, said:“We are really looking forward to this year’s campaign which is set to be bigger and better than before. We know that the campaign has an incredible impact on charities: 98% of participating charities last year would recommend the campaign to other organisations for good reason.”“95% of charities received donations from new supporters last year, as well as increasing their confidence in online fundraising, building their profile and relationships. We’re delighted to be running the improved model following the results of 2016 when 93% of participating charities approved of the changes. We’re very excited about being able to play a role in helping charities to find innovative ways to raise funds for their causes.”Is your charity eligible to apply?To be eligible to apply for the Christmas Challenge 2017, charities must: Advertisement Melanie May | 5 June 2017 | News  95 total views,  1 views today  96 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis28 About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com.last_img read more

Military Moms Conference Offers Connection and Support

first_imgThe event is free for mothers of children who have served or are currently serving in the military, as well as spouses of those serving. You can register at www.tristatevca.org. The first 150 who register will receive two free Cincinnati Reds tickets for the May 21st Military Appreciation Day game against the Seattle Mariners. All attendees will receive free gift bags and resource guides from participating sponsors including Kroger, P&G, PNC, the USO, the Cincinnati Reds, the VA, and the Red Cross.A keynote address by Elaine Brye, author of Be Safe, Love Mom, will share her personal experience with 4 children in the military – one each in the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps.  The event will include educational presentations and panel discussions with experts in the field, as well provide information about resources available in the Tristate to help moms and spouses cope with the stress of family members as they transition from the military or return from deployments. It will also connect participants with other local military families.Register Here for the Military Moms Conference“As a mother or spouse of someone who has served in the military, it can be frustrating not knowing what to expect, how to respond, or whom to ask for advice when they return,” said Dan Knowles of TVCA. “This is a opportunity for moms and spouses to hear what resources are available right here in Cincinnati.”FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare The TVCA will host our first Military Moms Conference on Saturday, May 21 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the American Red Cross Conference Center, 2111 Dana Avenue.last_img read more

Special economic zone and free port for Iloilo mulled

first_img The enterprises to be registered with the economic zone authority may enjoy income tax holiday or the net operating loss carry over prior to the availment of the gross income earned. All fiscal incentives under the proposed law will be terminated after a cumulative period of 20 years from the date of registration, or the start of operation./PN The zone is seen to attract moreinvestors to Iloilo. ILOILO City – House Bill 5794 (An ActCreating the Metro Iloilo Special Economic Zone and Free Port or MILOECOZONE)passed the scrutiny of the House of Representatives’ Committee on Economic Affairs and Committee on Tradeand Industry yesterday. The proposed special economic zone andfree port encompasses the Iloilo International Port in Barangay Loboc, La Pazdistrict and available public and reclaimed lands in barangays Bitoon andBalabago in Jaro district and in barangays Hinactacan, San Isidro, Ingoreand Loboc in La Paz district. The special economic zone and freeport will “bring positive change for the City of Iloilo and the entire WesternVisayas though jobs generation and investments,” she added. If realized, it will be the first inWestern Visayas and second in the Visayas and Mindanao, according to proponentCong. Julienne Baronda of this city. By creating more jobs, improvingsocial services, encouraging innovation and connecting the countryside togrowth centers, poverty will be reduced and development in rural areaswill be accelerated, Baronda explained. The Metro Iloilo Economic Zone andFreeport complements the Philippine Development Plan 2017-2022, she stressed. “We have been dependent on theagriculture and services sectors all this time. Now, we want to expand and wewant to diversify. We will welcome investors. We will offer them one of thebest investment climates the Philippines can offer. The centerpiece of all thatis the ecozone,” according to the first-termer congressowoman. Under the bill, a tax rate of five percent on gross income earned will be collected from the locators with no other local or national taxes to be imposed.last_img read more

Messi’s dad throws bombshell, says son can leave Barca for free

first_img The uncertainty surrounding his future has seen Manchester City reportedly put together a £623million package to sign for them. But this morning it was reported that he could stay at Camp Nou for one more year. Messi’s father, who is also his agent, jetted to Spain this week for face-to-face talks with the club bosses. And Jorge confirmed for the first time on Thursday that the 33-year-old was considering staying. When asked whether Messi not leaving was a possibility, he said: “Yes.” Barcelona claimed that their No10 is currently on strike, having not turned up to Covid testing or Monday’s first training session under new boss Ronald Koeman. The 33-year-old could yet see out the remaining year of his contract, however. And team-mate Antoine Griezmann is hoping for that to be the case. According to Mundo Deportivo, he said: “We try to have news, but what happens is between the club and him. “We just hope he stays. We listen to a bit of everything but we don’t know more on our part.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Lionel Messi’s father Jorge has said that his son can leave Barcelona for free this summer. The Argentine’s representatives believe that a clause in his contract allows him to walk out on the LaLiga club immediately. LaLiga have since denied their interpretation of the clause – but in a fresh twist, Jorge Messi has hit back with a letter to LaLiga. Speaking about the letter, Spanish football expert Guillem Balague explained that it “denies LaLiga interpretation that the €700m buyout clause is still applicable. “Jorge insists it is not applicable from the end of last season if the player decides unilaterally to leave FCB.” He then revealed that LaLiga have hit back with a letter of their own. On the response, Balague wrote: “LaLiga responds to Jorge Messi’s letter. “They insist on their initial take as they reckon Messi is analysing the contract out of context and away from its literal meaning.” read also:Messi considering Barcelona stay as transfer saga goes on The initial clause in Messi’s contract dictated that he could leave the club for free should he notify them of his intention to do so before June 10. But because the season was extended by the coronavirus pandemic, Messi’s legal representatives have argued that so should be the clause. Loading… center_img Promoted ContentWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them8 Scenes That Prove TV Has Gone Too Far7 Mind-Boggling Facts About Black Holes6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A DroneCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesEverything You Need To Know About Asteroid Armageddon8 Best 1980s High Tech Gadgetslast_img read more

Syracuse’s season comes to close with loss to Michigan State

first_imgSeniors Leonie Geyer, Laura Hahnefeldt and Anna Crumb all collapsed onto the turf at J.S. Coyne Stadium in disbelief once the final whistle sounded.After winning 36 games on their home field, they were forced to watch as their opponents ran off the bench in jubilant celebration following the 37th and most important contest.No. 2-seed Syracuse dominated the shot chart and time of possession, but trailed where it mattered most. A second-half goal by Kristin Matula carried Michigan State (14-9, 4-2 Big Ten) to a shocking 2-1 upset victory in the first round of the NCAA tournament and ended SU’s (16-4, 4-2 Atlantic Coast) 2013 season.“Our movement off the ball was not as strong as it usually is,” Orange head coach Ange Bradley said. “We kind of waited for things to happen instead of making things happen, and that was the story of the game.”The Spartans jumped on the board in the sixth minute when Abby Barker knocked home a pass from Allie Ahearn in front of the cage. Barker’s 18th goal of the season sent a jolt through the Spartan faithful that made the trip with the team and forced the Orange to be more aggressive offensively.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSU made the necessary adjustments, but failed to capitalize on a number of glorious scoring chances. Lauren Brooks, Emma Russell and Karlee Farr were all rejected by Spartans goalie Molly Cassidy during even-strength play, and Geyer missed on a penalty corner with 13 minutes remaining in the frame.Syracuse finally converted on a corner during the 29th minute. Geyer ripped a slap shot that was sent aside by a diving Cassidy. However, the ball popped right to Alyssa Manley, who easily poked home the rebound to even the score at one apiece.At the end of the first half, SU had outshot the Spartans by an astonishing 12-2 margin. By surviving the barrage, though, Michigan State had put itself in position to retake the lead at any moment.“Just because you’re a higher seed or supposed to be better than another team doesn’t mean they’re not going to come out and play you hard,” back Jordan Page said. “I think it’s important to realize that we have to go out and fight for everything we want and not let other teams take it away from us.”That’s what happened halfway through the second frame. Matula, a freshman that had scored only one goal prior to Saturday, picked up a ball misplayed by the Syracuse defense and dashed down the far side of the field.“I noticed that there was a slight gap between two defenders, and the ball went perfectly right through them,” Matula said. “I got the ball and looked up to see where the goalie was and did a pool right, like the coaches always tell us, and I put it in.”Down 2-1, the Orange continued to squander chances. Bradley even pulled goalie Jess Jecko with 4:28 remaining to create a two-man advantage, but the offense sputtered. A frantic push during the final minute produced no shots on goal, and the Spartans were able to clear the ball one final time as the closing seconds ticked away.Michigan State has now won six games in a row, including Wednesday’s play-in game to make the 16-team bracket, and will continue its improbable postseason run tomorrow against either Boston College or Connecticut.Meanwhile, Syracuse’s home-field dominance came to an abrupt end, and the loss soured what had been a memorable first ACC season.“Right now we’re experiencing a death of a season and the ending of a team,” Bradley said. “Right now these kids need time to grieve and reflect on the good things and the bad things that happened on their journey together.“Come January, a new life will be born and that will be the start of the 2014 team.” Comments Published on November 16, 2013 at 4:26 pm Contact Tyler: [email protected] Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Three Men Indicted on Murder Charges in Ahmaud Arbery’s Killing

first_imgA prosecutor on Wednesday announced that three men have been indicted on murder charges in last February’s killing of Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia.Prosecutor Joyette Holmes says a Glynn County grand jury has indicted Travis McMichael, Greg McMichael and William “Roddie” Bryan Jr. on charges that include malice and felony murder, in the Arbrey’s death.Arbery was shot of death on Feb. 23, when the Greg and Travis McMichael, a white father and son, pursued the 25-year-old Black man, who was jogging in their neighborhood. Greg McMichael told police that he suspected Arbery was a burglar, and that Arbery attacked his son before being shot.Bryan, who lives in the same community, said he saw the McMichaels driving by and decided to join the chase, a Georgia Bureau of Investigation agent testified earlier this month.The McMichaels were arrested May 7, two days after Bryan’s cellphone video appeared online.Bryan was subsequently arrested on May 22. An arrest warrant said that he tried “to confine and detain” Arbery without legal authority by “utilizing his vehicle on multiple occasions” before the man was shot.In addition to malice murder and felony murder charges, the McMichaels and Bryan are each charged with two counts of aggravated assault and one count each of false imprisonment and criminal attempt to commit false imprisonment.last_img read more