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Wonders of the Small Church

The small church has incredible importance and value, although it may not carry the pomp of churches in Europe and elsewhere. I have one particular small church in mind: ours.

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Father Marc Asked Reader Stephen Bradford to give a few words on Scouting and its relation to being reverent, as stated in the Scout Law. Stephen spoke about his service as one of the few Eastern Orthodox chaplains in the Northeast United States and how being able to bring people face to face with their own spiritual side is a constant challenge.

Oftentimes summer camp is the place where Scouts and Leaders feel safe to discuss their religious/spiritual/moral concerns, knowing that being clean and reverent is essential to being a Scout. Steve said that he has had many opportunities to encourage this in those who attend his Wednesday evening "All Faiths" Services at Camp Webster. He likes to think that his service as chaplain has encouraged others to grow in their spiritual commitment as reflected in their religious beliefs.

The greatest challenge nowadays is the wide diversity of belief that exists in the Scouting Program. It is a big task to reach out time and again into this wide area and bring a spiritual tone to Scout life.

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