Boy Scouts of America

The Rev. Jeremy Smith predicts that the UMC, like the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints did in 2018, will have to break up with the Boy Scouts of America if the punitive Traditional Plan is adopted by the 2019 General Conference. Read more

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Scouting Equality

Photo illustration by Mike DuBose, UMNS

United Methodist congregations can have gay men as leaders of the local Scout troops if they wish, but no church will be forced to allow gay volunteers, says the General Commission on United Methodist Men. Read more

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The Rev. Jeremy Smith sees instructive connections between the Boy Scouts of America's decision to allow gay men as Scout leaders and The United Methodist Church's conundrum over the acceptance of homosexual people. Read more

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Survey Monkey Charts for UM Insight

Nearly two-thirds of respondents to United Methodist Insight's straw poll say they're ready to accept gay Scout leaders. Read more

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The United Methodist Church has a long history of sponsoring youth-serving programs through local congregations Read more

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Gay Scouting Leader

Photo by Nguyen Truong, Cubmaster

Despite revocation of its charter by the Boy Scouts of America, Rainier Beach UMC plans to continue holding meetings with youths led by an openly gay leader. Read more

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Jim Winkler August 2012

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General agency leadership changes and United Methodist names in the news were among the 2013 milestones for The United Methodist Church. Read more

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Boy Scouts

UMNS Photo by Mike Dubose

The United Methodist Men's Commission, sponsoring agency for the church's Boy Scout troops, says that any troops disaffiliated by the Southern Baptist Convention would be welcomed by the UMC Read more

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Rainbow BSA

Illustration Courtesy of Reconciling Ministries Network

A United Methodist Men's chapter in Oregon has announced it is withholding its contribution to the General Commission on United Methodist Men until the group endorses lifting the Boy Scouts of America's ban on gay members and leaders. Read more

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