scouts-l Mail Archive for August of 2000: Re: Why not non-denominational?
Mon Aug 14 2000 - 09:11:58 CDT
In a message dated 8/13/00 10:59:47 PM Mountain Daylight Time,
> ...to me, non-denominational services are not strictly Protestant
> but are inclusive of other organized religions as well.
I agree. That's the way I've always seen the term used. That's the meaning
I've always given to the term. Your research seems to confirm that meaning.
Non-sectarian or interfaith have been suggested as more correct terms. To me,
all seem to mean the same thing.
In my experience in the military, I noticed that non-denominational services
were typically conducted by a Protestant (rather than a Catholic) Chaplain.
However, I don't believe this necessarily means that Protestants own the
term. For one branch of Christianity to claim ownership of the term
"non-denominational" seems a bit too "denominational" to me.
I think the key is the twelfth point of the Scout Law. Reverence = respect.
When a Scout is reverent, he not only respects his own god and spiritual
belief, he also respects the god and beliefs of others. A non-denominational
/ non-sectartian / interfaith service would be one which is generic enough to
not exclude or offend anyone who is present. The organizer would need to know