Venturing Archives: Trust Award Requirement 2 - Respecting the Beliefs of Others
Talk with a history/social studies teacher, attorney or other legal professional, or other knowledgeable adult about the U.S. Bill of Rights, and especially about the concept of freedom of religion. What did this concept mean to our founding fathers? What does this concept mean today? What limitations have been imposed on this freedom? What happens when freedom of religion and freedom of speech clash with each other? Hold a discussion (not debate) about freedom of religion with members of your crew.
Find out what religious groups are worshipping in your community, and whether they have been there for generations or whether they are relatively new to the community. Talk to at least five adults in your community about the impact various religions have on your community. Report your findings to your crew
Complete one of the following: a. Pick one of the religions listed on page 21 of the TRUST Handbook (other than your own). After extensive research on the selected religion, present a report to your crew or other youth group (such as a troop, crew, religious group, or school group). The report should detail the history of the religion, its modern application as a religion, and important historical events. Also include information about where and how the religion is commonly practiced. b. Attend a religious service/gathering/festival of one of the religions listed on page 21 of the TRUST Handbook (other than your own religion). Attend with a parent, Advisor, or religious professional. Write about your experience and how it relates to the thoughts and practices of the religion. Compare the basic tenets expressed in the religious service/gathering/ festival with those of your own religion. c. Meet with two youth working on a religious emblem approved by the BSA (found on page 62 and 63 of the TRUST Handbook) (not your own religion). These young people can be members of the Boy Scouts of America, Girl Scouts of the USA, or any other youth organization. Discuss with them their current religious journey. d. Contact an official in an inter-religious organization (interfaith coalition, council of churches, etc.). Discuss how religious tolerance is important in both local and global issues. e. Attend an inter-religious festival and talk with two people from another religion (from the list on page 21 of the TRUST Handbook) about the similarities and differences between your religion and theirs. Report your findings to your religious leader.
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