Dear supporters and friends of Mill Creek Baptist Camp,
In light of recent media attention regarding the Canada Summer Jobs program and its effect on Christian organizations, the Board of Directors of Mill Creek would like to clarify our position regarding our application for this funding.
There is a list of nine items that an employer must attest to in order to apply for a grant under this program, the first eight deal with the terms of employment, job hours, and the financial and legal obligations of the employer. The last item on the list addresses the government’s desire that funding is dispersed to organizations that will use it in ways that are consistent with the rights and freedoms secured by law for all Canadians.
The statement in the application is as follows:
“both the job and the organization’s core mandate respect individual human rights in Canada, including the values underlying the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms as well as other rights. These include reproductive rights and the right to be free from discrimination on the basis of sex, religion, race, national or ethnic origin, colour, mental or physical disability or sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression.”
The core mandate (mission statement) of Mill Creek Camp is to provide a safe and positive camping environment for individuals of all ages to recognize and engage with God’s presence in their lives. All campers are welcomed, accepted, and respected regardless of where they are at in their spiritual journey. Our vision and principles reinforce our desire to equip children, youth and adults in being transformed by the Gospel of Christ.
Within our mandate, we recognize that everyone is in need of God’s forgiveness and transforming power. Just as God gives us the right and freedom to either choose or reject Him, we acknowledge that we are granted rights and freedoms under the laws of Canada that may or may not be in alignment with the will of God. The principle of “Separation of Church and State” is important in our Baptist heritage; we believe God established both the church and the civil government, and He gave each its own distinct sphere of operation.
Because the objectives of Mill Creek Camp are to draw people into relationship with God, we can confidently say that we respect the rights of people to make both good and bad decisions within the laws of Canada and we trust that as they come to know God, He will act to change their hearts and minds and direct them to use their rights and freedoms to honour Him.
Mill Creek Baptist Camp Board of Directors
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