Faith of Our Brothers

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Several years ago, our district’s spring camporee featured an outstanding interfaith worship service, one that included readings from the holy books of the world’s major faith traditions. The worship leader made a big deal of the fact that members of the Catholic, Jewish, Hindu, Unitarian Universalist, Baha’i, and various Protestant faiths were all present—and he made sure that everyone felt comfortable in this diverse environment. (The refrain of his message was, “You are my brother.”)

I hope you’ll do the same in your Eagle courts of honor. When recruiting a religious leader to offer opening and closing prayers, point out the faith backgrounds of your Scout families and, especially if they are diverse, encourage him or her to make the prayers inclusive.

In our politically correct age, it often seems easier to just skip over things like invocations and benedictions, lest we offend anyone. But as that camporee worship service demonstrated, our diversity is our strength—and a cause for celebration.

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