Cub Scout pack loses church sponsor, gains another

Pastor: It boils down to bible interpretation

DAYTON, Ind. - A Lafayette-area Cub Scout pack has found a new charter home days after a church severed ties with it over the Boy Scouts of America's decision to extend membership to openly gay youth.

Pack 3316 has found a new charter home at Memorial Presbyterian Church in Dayton.

The Lafayette Journal and Courier reports the church's board voted unanimously Tuesday to become the new charter organization for the scouts.

"The changes with the boy scout membership policy that recently occurred in no way contradict our denomination's policy on membership," said pastor Justin Schlesinger-Devlin.

The administrative council of Dayton United Methodist Church voted to sever its ties with the pack on June 11.

"We disagree with the direction being taken by the Boy Scouts of America," Mike Dominick , senior pastor of Dayton United Methodist Church said in a statement Sunday. "We love all people, but we do not endorse all lifestyles."

Schlesinger-Devlin said he thinks what it boils down to is how each church interprets the bible.

"They are coming from a particular place and understanding of who they serve and how they serve, and that's for them to decide. I know we come form a place where we want to be open to serving all those in our community," Schlesinger-Devlin said.

An Assemblies of God church in Whiteland, south of Indianapolis, also recently stopped its sponsorship of a Cub Scout pack following the national Boy Scouts decision to allow openly gay youths to join.

The United Methodist Bishop in Indiana recently encouraged churches within the denomination to support the scouts.

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