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Campus church unveils exhibit

Several dozen sets of ministerial robes have stolen the show at the United Methodist Church on Park Avenue.

The Shower of Stoles Project is a collection of more than a thousand stoles, or liturgical robes, each of which represents the lives of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people of faith.

The exhibit, which tours the country regularly, is meant to recognize the contributions of the LGBT community in ecclesiastic circumstances and seeks to change church policies so they are inclusive of the LGBT community.

Carolyn Redmore, a member of United Methodist and the president of its administrative council, said the church voted a year ago to become a “reconciling congregation,” one that seeks to change the overarching policy of the Methodist Church that bars openly gay or lesbian individuals from becoming ordained.

“These stoles are a wonderful way for a pastor to give their conception of special themes,” she said. “We’re hoping this can help shed some light on any issues people may have with the LGBT community.”

The exhibit will run until Saturday and is open from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. for public viewing.

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