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A matter of faith might ultimately split rural parishes

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ROCK VALLE -- A matter of faith is splitting the congregations of some Lutheran churches affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Ch-urch in America.

Just over two years ago, the ELCA voted to open the ministry of the church to gay and lesbian pastors in committed relationships. Some congregation members have found the decision irreconcilable with their faith, and pressed for disaffiliation votes in their churches.

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Tom Cherveny
Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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