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Duluth Church fights for those who identify as LGBTQ

DULUTH, MN– A Duluth church is fighting for those who identify as LGBTQ, even if their national leaders are not.

The First United Methodist Church in Duluth is responding Wednesday night to a decision made at the General Conference of the United Methodist Church this week.

At that meeting in St. Louis, Missouri, global church leaders decided to continue to exclude those who identify as LGBTQ from their congregation.

But Duluth church leaders say they want to include everyone, and plan on it.

“We at First United Methodist Church–the Coppertop–have been an inclusive church for many years,” says Pastor Jeanine Alexander. “About 20 years ago, [we] became a reconciling congregation where we offer full inclusion for all people, especially the LGBTQ community, and we are going to continue to do that because that is our identity, and who we are.”

Meanwhile, the entire plan has been sent back to the United Methodist Judicial Council for review.

Kaitlyn Moffett

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