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Statement by Dr. Samuel Rodriguez, President of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (NHCLC) / Conela, Regarding the long-awaited St. Louis County Grand Jury Decision November 24, 2014

The single antidote that will truly alleviate the tension and angst in Ferguson, Missouri resides in the peace that only Christ can render. The prophetic and conciliatory concept of “Shalom”  a peace where nothing stands missing or broken  presents the prescription for a community divided by race and fear.

In the wake of the long-awaited decision by a St. Louis County grand jury, we pray for peace. We plead for reconciliation. We yearn for all parties to recognize that both Michael Brown and Officer Darren Wilson represent individuals created in the image of God. In the name of Jesus, we call upon the God that heals to enable truth, love, justice and forgiveness to silence the voices of hatred, division, strife and violence.

NHCLC/CONELA is the largest Hispanic Christian organization. It serves as a representative voice for the more than 100 million Hispanic Evangelicals assembled in over 40,000 U.S. churches and another 500,000 congregations spread throughout the Spanish-speaking diaspora. For additional information, visit

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