NUTLEY, NJ - Members of St. Paul's Congregational Church gathered this week for 8 minutes and 46 seconds of silent mediation to honor the memory of George Floyd.  

On May 25, 2020, George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, was killed in Minneapolis, Minnesota, during an arrest for allegedly using a counterfeit bill. His death sparked protests across the globe, including a large rally and march on Sunday, June 7 in Nutley.

Rev. Cindy Reynolds told TAPinto Nutley that she was preaching on the subject for the past few Sundays. Members of the congregation, like everyone else, saw the protests and marches on television. On the same day as the Nutley rally and march, the discussion during virtual coffee hour included the desire to do something. Reynolds explained that some members of the church are high risk, and others just can't walk that far. "So here we are," Reynolds said.

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The period of mediation and prayer was a part of "Moral Monday," the afternoon of June 8. Traditionally a day of fasting to remember the least among us, social justice in relation to the Black Lives Matter movement was a perfect fit. 

The small group gathered outdoors, some on the steps, others on the concrete path and lawn, coming together in faith and fellowship. 

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