There is a growing controversy among religious and secular organizations over the recent decision by the Boy Scouts of America to allow openly gay Scouts to participate in their program.
Many troops have lost the long-held sponsorships of organizations opposing this decision while others feel Boy Scouts have not gone far enough in their stance.
We, the undersigned spiritual leaders within Cobb County, hereby declare our commitment and dedication to the principles of love and compassion from which all spiritual traditions take root, flourish and thrive.
We do not seek to engage in theological debate or question the motives or merits of this decision.
United as teachers and students of peace, we open our doors, our hearts and our minds to people of all beliefs and orientations as testimony to the spirit of love in our teachings and congregations. We extend our hands across diverse theological expressions to embrace, welcome and support the leaders of tomorrow that will emerge from the Boy Scouts of America.
Furthermore, we extend our loving invitation to all peoples and organizations that stand in the truth of their commitment to their faith and their social conscience. May we all serve the God of our understanding which brings us to the highest expression of love and peace on earth.
The Rev. Richard Burdick
Unity North Atlanta Church
The Rev. Jim Nixon
Rector, St. Catherine’s
Rabbi Erin Boxt and
Rabbi Steven Lebow
Temple Kol Emeth
Drepung Loseling Institute, Center for Tibetan Buddhist practices and studies.