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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.

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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