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Protesters sing and pray outside the United Methodist Church's special session of the general conference in St. Louis on Tuesday. Delegates voted to maintain current rules against LGBTQ clergy and same-sex marriage. Sid Hastings/AP hide caption

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Daron Smith, left, and his husband, Chris Finley, right, worship at a Sunday morning service at Lafayette Park United Methodist Church in St. Louis, Mo. Smith, a lifelong United Methodist, said he feels hopeful ahead of a vote on LGBTQ ordination and same-sex weddings in the church. Shahla Farzan/St. Louis Public Radio hide caption

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United Methodist Church To Debate LGBTQ Clergy And Same-Sex Weddings

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African-American students say they matriculated at Duke Divinity School expecting to enhance their calling with top-notch theological training at a prestigious program. But instead, they say, they entered a racial nightmare. Jackie O/Flickr/Creative Commons hide caption

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