October 12, 2021
The following letter was sent to local churches, pastors and trustee chairs:
Siblings in Christ:
We have been made aware today that United Methodist churches that have sponsored Boy Scout troops or filed a Proof of Claim (POC) can expect to receive a “disclosure statement package” from the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) regarding its pending bankruptcy proceeding in the near future.
The 441-page package seeks to summarize for chartered organizations how the BSA’s proposed plan of reorganization will affect those organizations’ legal rights with respect to Scouting-related sexual abuse claims to which they may potentially be connected.
Following the advice of the United Methodist Ad Hoc Committee, which is working on this issue for the denomination, and our New England Conference Chancellor William Hewig III, we are telling churches: DO NOT TAKE ANY ACTION AT THIS TIME.
Churches that receive the packet should not fill out the opt-out form or offer any other response to the packets until you receive further instructions.
More information and instructions will be coming well in advance of the Dec. 14, 2021, voting deadline. The Ad Hoc Committee is developing recommendations for local churches on how to complete the included ballot and will be providing a summary of the most important aspects of the plan. Read a Oct. 12 press release from The UMC on this
We will continue to keep you updated about this process as we move forward. If you have any questions about the packets or other questions about this process at this time, you can submit them using this form
You can share this with your church leadership as appropriate.
We know this has been a tremendous challenge for our churches that have had long and strong relationships with Scouting. We appreciate your cooperation and faithfulness as we work through this proceeding together.