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Join debate, say bishops

25 January 2013

CHURCH of England bishops are urging churchgoers to contribute to two reviews about the future of the promises made by Scouts and Guides.

Writing to the Church Times (Letters), the Bishops of Southwell & Nottingham, Truro, Grantham, and Jarrow mention the Church's "deep links" with uniformed organisations. "Many have come to faith through Scouting, and many have come to Scouting through faith."

The reviews coincide with debate about what sort of pledge Scouts and Guides should make ( News, 11 January). The reviews close on 31 January (Scouts), and 3 March (Girlguiding UK).

A briefing paper, "Keeping the Promise", is available on the C of E website. The Bishops write: "We urge Guides, Scouts, and their leaders and parents to respond to this important consultation to demonstrate the support, collaboration, and good will of the church communities in our partnership with the Scouts and Girlguiding."

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