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Minnesota Council of Churches Response to Minnesota’s Constitutional Amendments

The Marriage Amendment

In acknowledging yesterday’s vote on the amendment defining marriage, Rev. Canon Peg Chemberlin of the Minnesota Council of Churches issued the following statement:

The Respectful Conversations Project was never about opposing or supporting the amendment defining marriage, but about bringing people together who disagree. Our conversations were designed not to change minds, but soften hearts.

We have done that, and so much more. In Moorhead, Walker, Duluth, Cambridge, the Twin Cities Metro, Red Wing, Rochester, Hutchinson, Glenwood and Alexandria, churches acted on their call to be sources of peace in the community by bringing together people who disagree to build better relationships with each other.

In 55 conversations about the amendment throughout Minnesota, 1500 people have participated in a process that builds empathy for those with whom they disagree. Over 200 people have been trained in how to facilitate conversations about difficult topics and may begin applying this training to issues that, while perhaps not as high-profile as a constitutional amendment, may be equally divisive in their local settings.

We knew from the start that about half of the state would be joyous and about half would be distraught by the results of yesterday’s vote on the amendment. We pray that, thanks to the work of so many churches on the Respectful Conversations Project, more Minnesotans are equipped to come together whatever their political leanings and build a stronger civic culture in our state.

We do not yet know what the next iteration of the Respectful Conversations Project will be, but we cannot thank enough our lead facilitators and our organizational sponsor, the Bush Foundation’s InCommons Initiative, and TPT for their support in this project and for our shared success in building a stronger Minnesota.

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