“People are in pain,” explained Park Avenue United Methodist Church Pastor Dennis Ogelsby.
Pastor Ogelsby is talking about his congregation’s reaction to the two constitutional amendments on the Minnesota ballot this November-Voter Restriction Constitutional Amendment and the Marriage Amendment. Both are issues that he says have divided his congregation.
Park Avenue United Methodist Church has been on the corner of Park and 34th for more than 100 years and in the community for 128 years. It’s a very diverse church, explains pastor Ogelsby — race, economics, education etc.
He says like all of society, the congregation is divided on the things that separate us.
“This is huge for some people. They feel like they’re going against what they’ve always been taught…that marriage is between one man and one woman,” said Ogelsby referring to his congregation’s views on the marriage restriction amendment.
The congregation is just as divided on the question of the voter restriction constitutional amendment, he says.
“We try not to operate within barriers. We try to operate on all levels of commonality. Of humanity an our love for Jesus Christ,” Pastor Ogelsby explained of his congregation.
Ogelsby attended the rally to defeat the amendment to show his support for the organizers and to express his conviction that this is an issue that divides.