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With a camera crew filming, Pastor Oby Ballinger leads a service at Community United Church of Christ in St. Paul Park on Sunday, April 21. The church is being featured in a national PBS show about "open and affirming" congregations that welcome people of all sexual orientations and gender identities. Bulletin photo by Scott Wente

St. Paul Park church's 'open' view draws PBS documentary interest

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As Pastor Oby Ballinger greeted the Community United Church of Christ congregation on a recent Sunday morning, a video crew recorded footage of the service from the front corner of the sanctuary.


As the conspicuous camera rolled, Ballinger reminded church-goers why they were being filmed and said even though the service was a bit unusual given the camera crew's presence, he intended for their worship to be as normal as possible.

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Scott Wente
Scott Wente has been editor at the South Washington County Bulletin since 2011. He worked as a reporter at other Forum Communications newspapers from 2003 to 2011. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.
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