(RNS) — Religious groups and faith leaders across the country said the verdict in the Ahmaud Arbery case — that found all three white men charged in his death guilty of murder — is a sign of progress, even as they mourned Arbery’s death and said the church must continue to work toward justice and racial healing.

Greg McMichael, son Travis McMichael and neighbor William “Roddie” Bryan were all convicted on Wednesday (Nov. 24), of murder after jurors deliberated for about 10 hours. They face minimum sentences of life in prison. It is up to the judge to decide whether that comes with or without the possibility of parole, according to the Associated Press.

The McMichaels grabbed guns and jumped in a pickup truck to pursue

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