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In the wake of the police killing of George Floyd, faith leaders say it’s necessary to leverage their privilege to support Black Lives Matter activists calling for police reform.

“I think this is a moment where communities are watching to see if people really believe in the Jesus they say they do,” Pastor Faith Romasco with First Church of the Nazarene of Pasadena, or Paznaz, told Religion News Service. “It’s a moment of choosing to be a credible witness and faithful to the Gospel.”

“When all the churches in the community can get behind tangible action, what it lets us do is leverage that power and that capital to make real change,” she said.

Romasco was among the hundreds of people and faith leaders who gathered Sunday evening outside Pasadena City Hall for a candlelight vigil in remembrance of Floyd, who died after a white Minneapolis police officer kneeled on his neck for eight minutes.

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