October 19, 1998: Letter from Dr. Lawrence Ray Smith to Rev. John Buehrens Concerning the Religion in Life Award
Dear Rev. Buehrens:
Thank you for your letter dated September 30, 1998, which I received on October 10, 1998. I’m pleased to learn that you had a very good meeting on September 29, 1998, with Tom Deimler, Director of the Relationships Division of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) and Mike Healy, active Unitarian Universalist and Area President for the BSA in the Northeast Region.
Regarding the manual for the Religion in Life and the Love and Help Awards, I’m glad that there is a mutual agreement to offer a revision acceptable to both of us. Let’s move quickly to resolve this.
As chair of the National Religious Relationships Committee of the Boy Scouts of America, I am asking our Relationships Division Director, Tom Deimler, to work with the already designated members of your staff as the new editions of the booklets are developed. The material would then be reviewed by our Religious Relationships Committee. As you are aware, our concern is whether the revised material will be consistent with Scouting’s values and appropriate for use by Scouts. If it is, we would authorize the awards for use by Scouts and for display on Scout uniforms. At that point we can discuss the other matters in your letter.
Lawrence Ray Smith, Ph.D., Chairman
Religious Relationships Committee
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