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The Rev. Joretta Marshall, executive vice president and dean at Brite Divinity School in Fort Worth, Texas, talks with church officials and community members Monday morning at First Lutheran Church about how to foster open and welcoming church communities. Monte Draper | Bemidji Pioneer

Finding a new home: Couple feels ‘embraced’ within congregation

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BEMIDJI – Kendra Olson was true to her word.

Olson, who came out last year as transgendered and began living her life as a woman, had promised her pastor that she would resign her membership from church if her presence caused any other member to leave or if it created a schism within the congregation.

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