Nearly 200 people gathered along the rolling lawn in front of Oxford Presbyterian Church in Mt. Airy Sunday evening for a vigil honoring the life of George Floyd and protesting systemic racism.
The gathering brought congregants from churches, synagogues and mosques in Northwest Philadelphia together in prayer, song and activism. They waved Black Lives Matter signs and kept a safe social distance as the sun slowly set.
“We decided that we needed to start doing something so our presence could be seen and felt,” said Rev. Ethelyn Taylor, pastor at Oxford Presbyterian, which hosted the vigil. “The politicians, they can get together and be rabble-rousers. The church needs to do the same thing — I’ve always said that the church has been a sleeping giant.”