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Foreign-born priests, pastors filling more area pulpits

March 30, 2013 in The Daily Republic

It’s becoming less unusual for small-town South Dakota churches to be shepherded by non-American-born priests and pastors.
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Church attendance doesn’t match population boom, Dickinson’s clergy have mixed report about newcomers

July 30, 2011 in The Dickinson Press

As the population has consistently increased in Dickinson over the past few years, church officials said there has not been a consistent correlation in parish activity.
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Presbyterians clear way for gay clergy; Twin Cities regional church group casts deciding 87th vote striking down celibacy requirement

May 11, 2011 in West Central Tribune

NEW YORK After decades of debate, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) on Tuesday struck down a barrier to ordaining gays, ratifying a proposal that removes the celibacy requirement for unmarried clergy, in the latest mainline Protestant move toward accepting gay relationships. Continue Reading

A matter of faith might ultimately split rural parishes

December 16, 2010 in West Central Tribune

ROCK VALLE A matter of faith is splitting the congregations of some Lutheran churches affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Ch-urch in America.
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Reader asks what’s government’s role in policing church

September 4, 2010 in INFORUM

Dear readers,
This week’s Ask Your Government question comes from a reader in the northeastern part of the state. Here’s what she asked: Continue Reading

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ELCA: A dialogue in disagreement

August 14, 2010 in INFORUM

One year after the ELCA passed controversial measures, a roundtable of Lutherans debate the state of their denomination.Amy Kippen watched the live video feed from the Churchwide Assembly in Minneapolis last August as her denomination voted on whether individuals in same-gender relationships would be allowed to serve as ministers. Continue Reading

Presbyterian leaders approve gay, lesbian clergy policy

July 8, 2010 in West Central Tribune

Presbyterian leaders voted Thursday to allow non-celibate gays in committed relationships to serve as clergy, approving the first of two policy changes that could make their church one of the most gay-friendly major Christian denominations in the U.S.
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