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From left to right are the Rev. Janet Ellinger, Joan Schneider and Paul Shepherd. They represent part of a group of the United Methodist Church's congregation who supported a proposal to have the church become a "reconciling congregation." Vera Roy-Stoeberl photo

Local church declares: Whatever your sexual orientation, welcome

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Earlier this year members of River Falls United Methodist Church voted to become a "reconciling congregation."

The resulting declaration welcomes gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered (GLBT) people to participate openly in the activities of the church.

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As the Rev. Janet Ellinger puts it, "The most vocal and numerous of public Christian voices has judged gay people as sinful.

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