Bishop urges people to have a say on Scout promise
THE BISHOP of Southwell and Nottingham has urged people to take part in a consultation over the Scouts and Guides promise.
The Right Reverend Paul Butler, along with three other Church of England bishops, has called on parishes to have their say over what new members of the movements should pledge when they join.
The Scouts consultation, which closes on Thursday, asks whether an alternative version of the Scout promise should be developed for "atheists and those unable to make the existing commitment".
Girlguiding UK's consultation, which runs until March 3, questions the relevance of promises to serve God and the Queen.
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In an open letter, published in the Church Times last week the bishops recognised the "deep links" many parishes have with the groups and paid tribute to "all that Scouting and Guiding do".
However, they urged Guides, Scouts, their leaders and parents to "respond to this important consultation to demonstrate the support, collaboration and goodwill of the Church communities in our partnership with the Scouting and Guiding movements".