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Ethnic involvement gets added attention

NASHVILLE (BP) -- The SBC Executive Committee has moved to update and expand its report on ethnic participation in Southern Baptist life, adopted at the 2011 SBC annual meeting in Phoenix.

Mid-Tenn. Scouts call for retaining traditional stance

NASHVILLE (BP) -- The Middle Tennessee Council of the Boys Scouts of America has voted to affirm Scouting's current national membership policy as "a core value of the Scout Oath and Law." Hugh Travis, the Scout executive for the 37-county council, said in a May 6 news release that its delegates "will not vote to approve the resolution" -- to allow openly homosexual youth as Scouts -- "but to retain the current membership policy." Meanwhile, Frank Page, president of the Southern Baptist Convention's Executive Committee, has issued a statement underscoring his opposition to what the national Scouting organization has touted as a "compromise" by dropping its plan to allow openly gay Scout leaders.