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February 22, 1999: Summary of Communication Between Rev. Cynthia Breen, Rev. Keith Kron, and Thomas Deimler

The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) has persisted with every reasonable effort to persuade the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) to re-instate official recognition of the Religion in Life award for Boy Scouts and Explorers, as well as the Love and Help award for Cub Scouts.

A complete revision of the Religion in Life manual has been prepared by the Rev. Cynthia Breen and the Rev. Keith Kron of the UUA staff. The revision is designed to respond to expressed BSA concerns, while maintaining a clear articulation of Unitarian Universalist (UU) principles. The manual is used for religious education and coming of age programs as well as by Scouts. UUA President John Buehrens has written the foreword to the new 4th edition.

The revision was submitted to the Religious Relationships Committee of the BSA in time for their meeting on Feb. 11th. The response from the BSA indicated a desire for some further revisions. On Feb. 18th, Breen and Kron sent a "final revision" to Thomas Deimler of the Religious Relationships Committee. They wrote, "We trust that the newly formed sub-committee assigned to review our situation will give this prompt attention."

A reply from the BSA has been requested by March 1, 1999, so that the new edition can be printed before General Assembly.

On February 26, 1999, Thomas Deimler, head of the Scouts Religious Relationships division, contacted Rev. Cynthia Breen today, and indicated that his managers and the ad hoc committee looking at the UUA's boy scout manual revisions needed additional time to review the UUA's material and gather feedback.

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Last updated on Wednesday, October 26, 2011.

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