aefenglommung (aefenglommung) wrote,
aefenglommung
aefenglommung

Today's Good Turn

I got asked by a neighboring Pack's Cubmaster to come give a presentation on Cub Scout-age religious awards at his Pack Meeting tonight. I agreed, reluctantly.

Oh, I gave the presentation all right. But I don't know how much sank in. Speaking to a non-church-sponsored Pack of parents who go everywhere and nowhere for their religious affiliation means I have to pitch things as simply as possible. And it's not a simple pitch to make, once you get off one's own turf.

I am a United Methodist Elder. I invite children and youth and their families to participate in United Methodist stuff, including our religious awards programs. We are, being UMs, quite open to non-UMs participating, and we're not particularly pushy about joining up. But we are who we are, and I'm not going to be less than that, or teach other than that, just because you showed up. As long as we all understand that, we'll all be fine.

But there's always the one parent who's got some weird, personal religious trip and he or she wants to take time to ask convoluted questions that have no official answer. Ask your pastor doesn't help when a person doesn't have a pastor -- or even an organized movement to belong to. And I really can't help those people.

And while BSA doesn't define "duty to God" -- quite properly leaving that to families and religious bodies -- they do get to say what awards are worn on their uniform. And that means that if your strange little sect has no way to relate to BSA, then you probably can't earn this award. And I'm sorry, but it's not my problem.
Subscribe

  • Point of view in LOTR

    One of the achievements of The Lord of the Rings is its complicated narrative architecture. Stories are interlaced and we follow, now this sub-plot,…

  • Arthur contra mundum

    The consensus opinion among Tolkien critics -- including those who greatly admire his work -- is that The Lord of the Rings is slow to get going,…

  • Not all ancient institutions are good

    The institutions of the Roman Republic have cast a long shadow over western government. Even our Founders paid close attention to the Roman model,…

  • Post a new comment

    Error

    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    Your IP address will be recorded 

    When you submit the form an invisible reCAPTCHA check will be performed.
    You must follow the Privacy Policy and Google Terms of use.
  • 1 comment