Kessler Park United Methodist Church has made its stance on inclusion in the Boy Scouts clear to its members today.
The church posted on its Facebook that it hoped the National Council votes this week to “adopt the resolution eliminating heterosexuality as a requirement for a youth’s participation in scouting.”
Troop 5 is charted by the church and is one of the oldest troops in Dallas. Methodist churches are the second-largest sponsors of troops nationwide.
“Our church, we would assert, has long experience attempting to reconcile diversity, security, and godliness,” the post reads. “We believe that Christ’s teachings, as well as the Scout Oath and Law which flow from Christ’s words, call us to welcome all persons of good will in the training of children to become wholesome adults.”
The BSA National Council will vote on the resolution to only admit gay youth at its meeting later this week.
Read Kessler Park UMC’s full statement below.