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LCMS, AHG reps sign ‘Memo of Understanding’

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  1. Avatar Bill H says:

    This is very encouraging. I pray that we there will be a Christian Group as an alternative for the Boy Scouts. God Bless.

    1. Avatar Dave says:

      There is an alternative for boys called Trail Life USA. It is modeled very closely after AHG. The organization just started Jan 1 and already has over 300 chartered troops with another 300 in the process of chartering. It’s a small amount compared to BSA or GSUSA, but it’s better to light a candle than curse the darkness.

  2. Avatar debrah says:

    This is great news. @Bill H. there is an alternative for the Boy Scouts it’s called Trail Life…Here’s a link to their website http://www.traillifeusa.com/

  3. Avatar Michelle says:

    I actual don’t see why the LCMS would side with a group that is not Lutheran. I may be old school (but I am not old) but I believe that my beliefs are very important and unfortunately there are different religions that make up AHG. I don’t see a problem with any girl joining but if it isn’t an LCMS group (like Walther League use to be) I don’t think he should side with one group over the other. Big Mistake!

  4. Avatar Eric says:

    Their statement of faith (which is also used by the “Trail Life”) includes the evangelistic shading that does not recognize original sin: “We believe each person is created in His image for the purpose of communing with and worshiping God”. Humans had the image of God in the prelapsarian world and it is only restored through faith in Christ. We submitted the Apostles Creed as a substitute statement of faith. AHG accepted that and our individual charter includes the Creed. Our congregation has chartered an AHG group since cc 1997. As with many things, it is only as good as the local leaders and we have had WONDERFUL leaders who have used all of the abundant resources of AHG to help the girls grow.

  5. Avatar Jojakim Dettmann says:

    The Missouri Synod has been split on the question of Scouting since at least the thirties.

    Given that not everyone agrees, I think it is presumptuous for President Harrison to endorse a generic Christian scouting program for girls while ignoring the ministry of the Lutheran Rangerettes.

    Pres. Harrison endorsed a non-Lutheran organization while ignoring an existing LCMS scouting organization which has been around for 50 years. To put this into perspective, how would Thrivent people feel if the LCMS endorsed a competitor fraternal benefit society like Modern Woodmen of America. Or how would the LWML leadership feel if the LCMS endorsed the Women of Faith Conference?

    I just hope I am wrong and in a month or two I will see a news release of President Harrison endorsing the Lutheran Rangers/Rangerettes.

  6. Avatar Jeri says:

    Rangers/Rangerettes?? Never heard of them. AHG has been a blessing to our LCMS congregation and honors the teachings of the LCMS. The real transition to address is the peaceful removal of the secular scouting programs now that God-honoring, Christ-centered scouting is available for our youth.

  7. Avatar Jojakim Dettmann says:

    The Lutheran Rangers/Rangerettes were established in 1963 in Wisconsin by LCMS Lutheran congregations. This was several years before the Lutheran Pioneers were established in the Wisconsin Synod.

    The Rangers spread quickly, but shrank in the last three decades. Perhaps the Rangers would have spread further and been more popular had the LCMS at the time not made scouting one of the issues at play during the schism between the two synods in 1961. Basically, the Wisconsin Synod took a position that Boy Scouts were best avoided in favor of a distinctively Lutheran organization, while the Missouri Synod allowed for the Boy Scouts, but did not compel members to renounce the Wisconsin Synod’s line of thinking. However, I have heard people use the scouting issue to claim that the Wisconsin Synod is guilty of legalism. But such “us. vs. them” arguments might have discouraged congregations from signing up to the Lutheran Rangers/Rangerettes.

    I personally didn’t participate in the Rangers/Rangerettes growing up, but I knew many kids who did, and I only remember them saying positive things about it. National Jamboree was approached with anticipation.

    Here are some links if you are interested:

    http://stpaulswestallis.org/spwp11/youth-ministries/

    1963 news article “Boy Ranger Units Multiply”
    http://tinyurl.com/c4dguze

    1965 article “Rangers Hold a Convention” (describes the founding of the Rangerettes… by the way, I knew Pastor Haas, mentioned in this article, as a kid)
    http://tinyurl.com/mu6dvo4

  8. Avatar John Flanagan says:

    In my humble opinion, I believe the LCMS should not endorse any youth organizations which do not embody Christian beliefs and values pertaining to the fundamentals of the faith, traditional marriage, and pro-life. The choice to join such groups which are Christian but do not embrace all of the Lutheran distinctives might be left to individual families, but official endorsement of the LCMS is not especially warranted.