Re: Prayer policies and practices
Robert Sharek (drdaddy@COMPASS.NET)
Tue, 15 Aug 1995 21:41:37 -0400
On Tue, 15 Aug 1995, Neil Gould wrote:
> I would like to find out about different district and council policies and
> concerning invocations at district or council events, such as adult training
> sessions or awards dinners.
Hi, y'all. Now you are in my territory. A couple of years ago, one of
my best friends and I were attending SMF. Well, he thought it would be a
big hoot if his friend, the Jew, would lead the group in Scout's Own for
our training campout. Well, I showed them! My crowning achievement was
leading the invocation & benediction for a scout in my unit at his Eagle
COH! Being Eagle Chair helped his decision but it came off well.
For invocations and benedictions, a very simple, non-sectarian paragraph
is appropriate. But I also have led Scout's Own at, probably, 5 or 6
district events. I prepare many weeks in advance. I do not like a
totatlly non-sectarian service so I mix Christian and Jewish. I do much
resource at the library and have dl info from online services, esp. AOL.
A whole lot of prayers, songs, verses, and psalms are there.
I have always felt, and I do not want to offend anyone, that it is easier
for me, a Jew, to conduct a mixed service, than it is for a Christian. I
know this is so because I have attended many services where it is led by
a Christian and some of it is offensive to me. But I take it in stride.
But these leaders do not think ahead.
Some leaders and boys would prefer a totally non-denominational service,
but I am not trained in religion and find it easier and actually more
satisfying to do it mixed. I have learned much about BOTH religions.
Sorry, it was long, but I actually had something to say instead of lurking.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City