Methodists welcome Boy Scoutscomment (0)
June 27, 2013
Boy Scout troops that lose the sponsorship of Southern Baptist congregations over the organization’s lifting its ban on gay Scouts are being recruited by the United Methodist Church.
The Scouting Ministry Office of the United Methodist Church said any of the 3,981 Scout units dropped by a Southern Baptist church would be warmly welcomed by neighboring United Methodist congregations.
Only the Mormons sponsor more Boy Scout troops than United Methodists. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints sponsors 10 times as many Scout units as Baptists.
The National Catholic Committee on Scouting determined the May vote lifting the ban on gay youth to be “not in conflict with Catholic teaching” and something by which “we should be encouraged.”