Skip to main content

On Sunday, Oct. 27, several churches in the Charlotte area announced they would cut ties with the Boy Scouts of America. A pastor of the largest, nondenominational Calvary Church, said:

“The ministries of Calvary Church are aligned with our purpose of making authentic followers of Jesus Christ,” wrote the Rev. Jim Pile, pastor of family ministries, in an email to the Observer. “This is not the mission of the Boy Scouts of America.”

But Pile would not say whether the move was a response to the May decision by Boy Scouts of America to allow gay members.

Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/...

Of course he wouldn't. About 100 Scouts will be displaced On January 1, 2014. Today, the Observer published a letter to the editor from an actual, authentic follower of Jesus Christ.

Link

Scouts are welcome at St. Mark’s; we embrace all

The writer is senior pastor of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Charlotte:

I am always a bit disturbed by “Christian” churches that claim to be authentic followers of Jesus and then turn people away for whatever reason. Jesus turned no one away. After reading about a local congregation’s dismissal of a Boy Scout troop the Scripture that comes to mind is John 11:35, “And Jesus wept.”

Let it be known that any Cub Scout or Boy Scout troop that has been dismissed from a church is welcome at St. Mark's Lutheran Church, Charlotte. Not only will you be welcome, but you will be embraced. Call us.

Peter Brown

Charlotte

Simple. Authentic. Thank you, Rev. Brown.

Update 14:28 EDT
Thanks so much for the rec list! This was a complete spur-of-the-moment diary, but I wanted to share some positive energy with the community.

Also, quick plug for those in the area: I-77 Kossacks mini meetup is in Charlotte tomorrow, 10/30. Details here.

Update 11/1/2013
Title changed to spell out "Letter to the Editor." I was not aware my acronym was incorrect and had other connotations. H/t to Frank Palmer for clarifying.

Originally posted to SteelerGrrl on Tue Oct 29, 2013 at 10:31 AM PDT.

Also republished by Street Prophets and Anglican Kossacks.

EMAIL TO A FRIEND X
Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags

?

More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

deminva, Alumbrados, Sylv, jo fish, TXdem, RF, jexter, murphy, melo, Scott Martin, Rolfyboy6, mndan, TrueBlueMajority, newjeffct, Sprinkles, superfly, Emerson, alicia, Shockwave, mrhelper, LynChi, Wintermute, billlaurelMD, kpardue, SanJoseLady, Jay C, eeff, Mnemosyne, vadem165, polecat, Ahianne, exNYinTX, hnichols, JLFinch, agoldnyc, entlord, bronte17, missLotus, 88kathy, TracieLynn, BlackSheep1, Wee Mama, ehavenot, CoolOnion, vmibran, roses, sngmama, fumie, antirove, hopeful, dksbook, davis90, Texknight, dejavu, psnyder, pat bunny, Eyesbright, brainwave, Lawrence, Hawksana, texasmom, HeyMikey, NYFM, Steven Payne, Catte Nappe, lcrp, walkshills, JayBat, OneCharmingBastard, Major Kong, zerelda, Sembtex, Curt Matlock, randallt, WisVoter, Mosquito Pilot, Josiah Bartlett, sebastianguy99, oortdust, Ohkwai, CPT Doom, davidincleveland, marina, radarlady, el dorado gal, HudsonValleyMark, Chinton, wallys son, one of 8, dewtx, Gary Norton, fixxit, bleeding blue, marathon, cspivey, wmspringer, stevemb, markdd, Tool, brentut5, Tunk, petestern, Blu Gal in DE, Shotput8, xaxnar, Jim R, begone, RodSerling, BachFan, tung sol, tobendaro, Kimball Cross, seefleur, ruleoflaw, blueoasis, Alexandra Lynch, Rosaura, sceptical observer, ER Doc, IL clb, zeke7237, suspiciousmind, AllanTBG, markthshark, Aaa T Tudeattack, Thinking Fella, pale cold, FoundingFatherDAR, anotherdemocrat, Cronesense, Habitat Vic, tgypsy, camlbacker, ColoTim, paz3, EdSF, Stwriley, yoduuuh do or do not, wildweasels, jeanette0605, Matt Z, gustynpip, sfbob, Shadowmage36, jayden, wahoo lon, Back In Blue, gchaucer2, RudiB, I am a Patriot, Wreck Smurfy, Sarea, journeyman, skod, Korkenzieher, TomP, Empower Ink, fb, gundyj, mconvente, amyzex, OleHippieChick, Youffraita, Involuntary Exile, bythesea, elwior, Laughing Vergil, filby, Buckeye Nut Schell, alasmoses, jakebob, Lujane, tofumagoo, Cassandra Waites, hwmnbn, Jeff Y, catly, petulans, Boy Howdy, toom, GrannyOPhilly, forgore, JBL55, oldliberal, 207wickedgood, prettygirlxoxoxo, Glacial Erratic, Sapphite, juca, banjolele, Nebraskablue, Fineena, LibrErica, petral, followyourbliss, moonbatlulu, elziax, TheOpinionGuy, bfitzinAR, kevinpdx, Keith Pickering, Munchkn, stevenwag, ArthurPoet, Tortmaster, jfromga, astral66, Livvy5, Larsstephens, Lefty Ladig, BlueOak, Amber6541, Just Bob, hotdamn, commonmass, YellerDog, awcomeon, p gorden lippy, Captain Marty, NJpeach, serendipityisabitch, BenderRodriguez, pixxer, paradise50, AJ in Camden, NYWheeler, Funkygal, DrTerwilliker, cocinero, science nerd, rasfrome, slice, theKgirls, yellow cosmic seed, kerflooey, I love OCD, Liberal Capitalist, StateofEuphoria, slowbutsure, hooktool, FarWestGirl, lexalou, OhioNatureMom, lillyspad, deeproots, NormAl1792, CoExistNow, marleycat, zukesgirl64, thomask, sasidechick, dle2GA, midnight lurker, LSmith, MRA NY, createpeace, wintergreen8694, myrmecia gulosa, MinistryOfTruth, sound of progress, VTCC73, Andrew F Cockburn, stevie avebury, bakeneko, Vatexia, Hayate Yagami, Oilwellian, Red Tom Kidd, rschndr, DRo, Mentatmark, MichaelNY, No one gets out alive, Mathazar, YaNevaNo, Istillhope, stormicats, Liberal Granny, anodnhajo, Williston Barrett, Siri, IndieGuy, ahumbleopinion, rustypatina, pitbullgirl65, Betty Clermont, Joieau, 2thanks, This old man, peachcreek, belinda ridgewood, Arahahex, MartyM, doroma, sexgenderbody, avsp, rat racer, Glen The Plumber, George3, RonK, Robynhood too, CalBearMom, tn mountain girl, Hammerhand, nthelurch, The Geogre, Sue B, Shawn Russell, countwebb, newinfluence, SanFernandoValleyMom, aresea, Yo Bubba, Alhambra, howabout, bob152, GreenMother, Smoh, ET3117, Hey338Too, tampaedski, LilithGardener, NonEuclidian, Kombema, lbl1162, TheDuckManCometh, The Marti, Annie B, ColorMeGrams, dannyboy1, Dodgerdog1, jbsoul, Penny GC, socialistfolkstick, NCTim, Kasoru, ginimck, Here since 02

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site