A St. Paul church that saw a large number of worshipers exit over its pastor's support of gay marriage is closing. Grace Community United Church of Christ, the only UCC church in Minnesota with a predominantly black congregation, said Friday it will not seek an extension to the Saturday deadline to raise $200,000 to pay off loan and legal fees.
Monkeypox declared public health emergency in US, 44 cases confirmed in MN
There are over 6,600 confirmed cases nationwide.
Police update MOA shooting: Search for 2 suspects ongoing
Three shots were fired at the Nike store inside the Mall of America.
BREAKING: Lockdown lifted, police investigating shots fired at Mall of America
Police are interviewing witnesses in the area.
Minnesota's COVID-19 update for the week ending Tuesday, August 2
Hospitalizations increased nearly 20% from July 26 to August 2.
Deaths of 2,500 fish in Minnesota trout stream unexplained
Trout anglers are concerned the incident represents a larger problem.
Becker School Board under fire for second time in 2022
Many community members have urged the board to not pass the proposed policy.
Death of Ramsey County deputy hits hard at Edina High School
Jes Edeburn is an English teacher at Edina High School.
FedEx driver falls asleep moments before head-on crash
Both drivers were injured in the crash.
Apple River stabbing victim from Elk River required multiple surgeries
His uncle says he's undergone a second surgery and is scheduled for another operation later this week.
Fundraiser created for family of teen killed in Apple River stabbing
Over $42,000 has been raised for Isaac Schuman's family.
MSHSL changes Prep Bowl dates due to Vikings-Patriots game
The rest of the football schedule is unchanged, with the state semifinal games happening at U.S. Bank Stadium Nov. 17-19.
Local black churches split on Obama's gay marriage stance
Pastor Jerry Mcafee is president of the Minnesota State Baptist convention and says many black Baptist ministers believe Obama’s stance on gay marriage will cost him black votes in November. Other African-Americans in Minnesota say the issue is not that simple.
Church ladies of Minnesota launch gay marriage crusade
The Atlantic profiles a group of suburban Twin Cities women – mostly in their 40s and 50s from different political parties and religious views – who have banded together to fight what many of them call an embarrassment to Minnesota: a proposed constitutional ban on gay marriage that will appear on the ballot this November. The article also amounts to a profile of the Minnesota suburbs by an East Coast magazine.
St. Paul Lutherans to oppose marriage amendment
St. Paul-area Lutherans are expected to go on record this weekend against the proposed marriage amendment to the state Constitution that would define marriage as a union between a man and woman. Nearly 600 Lutherans, representing about 115 congregations in the St. Paul Area Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, are scheduled to vote Saturday in Burnsville.
Gay marriage supporters rallying
St. Paul-area Lutherans assembling in Burnsville, and separately, Gov. Mark Dayton and other activists holding "house parties" around the state, demonstrated their opposition to an amendment to the state Constitution that would define marriage as a union between a man and a woman.
Lutheran pastor at the center of church controversy over gay clergy moving to Minnesota
Bradley Schmeling resigned from his post at an Atlanta church and will join Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in St. Paul. Pastors Schmeling and Darin Easler made national news and triggered a fierce fight within the Lutheran community when they made their relationship public. Church leadership removed both men from the clergy roster but later reinstated them after the church voted to accept gay clergy members in relationships.
Gay marriage debate sizzling this summer
The latest: a national group working to ban gay marriage has asked Minnesota's largest corporations to remain neutral on the issue. Meanwhile, the debate is dividing the state's clergy, and Rep. Keith Ellison makes his prediction on the marriage amendment.
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