February 23, 2013

Psalm 27
Psalm 118:26-29
Matthew 23:37-39

Katherine Borgesen thinks Minnesota's proposed marriage amendment has no business being considered as part of the state constitution. "It shouldn't even be an issue. That's between individuals and what the church believes," said Borgesen, a member of First Congregational United Church of Christ in Austin, MN, since 1965. "It has nothing to do with the government. It's the separation of church and state – well, we don't have much of that anymore." On the Nov. 6, 2012 state ballot was a proposed amendment to the Minnesota constitution that sought to limit marriage to a union between a man and woman.  More than 40 UCC ministers, 22 congregations, the Minnesota Conference and two seminaries pledged to work to defeat the amendment, joining a statewide coalition organized in opposition to the measure. UCC pastor, the Rev. Obadiah (Oby) Ballinger, is one of the coalition's organizers, acting as an independent contractor for Minnesotans United for All Families. The organization, based in St. Paul, is working with faith communities on an education campaign. To make sure voters are aware of all sides of the issue, the group is holding informational meetings in churches and rallying support to defeat the proposed amendment. Ballinger's church, Community UCC in St. Paul Park, has allowed him to take a partial leave to work with Minnesotans United.

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