Camp Thurman Purpose Statement
We are motivated in all facets by our faith in Jesus Christ, attempting to serve as a reflection of God’s unconditional love for all people.1 We seek to honor the Lord in all that we do by operating Camp Thurman in a manner consistent with Biblical principles.2 Every activity and speech that Camp Thurman or its employees, representatives, volunteers, or members engage in shall be consistent with, and in furtherance of, Camp Thurman’s religious purposes, both publicly and privately.3
All activities in which Camp Thurman engages are for the religious purpose of furthering its Christian mission, message, and viewpoint. Whether the activity has an overt liturgical religious purpose (preaching, worship, Bible instruction, communion, baptism) or a related non-liturgical religious purpose (social service activities, weddings, teaching, ministry, or events), all activities of Camp Thurman are intended to glorify God. (Colossians 3:17) Camp Thurman conducts all activities in a holistic manner in order to foster, repeat, advertise or express its Christian mission, message and viewpoint.4 In this way, every organizational activity itself is infused with a religious purpose, as an act of faith, intending to further Camp Thurman’s religious beliefs and commitment to the faith as outlined in our employee handbooks, employment policies, Standards of Morals and Conduct, discipline, Statements of Faith, religious beliefs, Purpose Statement, Mission Statement, policy, and internal dispute resolution policy, which are incorporated herein by reference, as if fully set forth herein.5
Conveying Camp Thurman’s Christian message is at the heart of all that we do, in life, deed, word and expression.6 Camp Thurman is dedicated to serving and providing for its community, not simply engaging in organized worship.7 Provision of charity and community services, including but not limited to care for children, widows, and those in need, as well as evangelism, strengthening Christian leadership, discipleship and Biblical education are means of fulfilling Christian duty and providing an example of the Christ- like way of life that Camp Thurman seeks to foster.8 (James 1:27; Mark 16:15; Titus 1:7- 9; Matthew 28:19-20) Therefore, all behavior of members, representatives, and volunteers of the organization is communicative in nature, exemplifying the faith. Associating with like-minded Christians reinforces Camp Thurman’s Christian purpose and is vital to the faith’s perpetuation.9 (Hebrews 10:24-25)
Finally, the primary, exclusive, and only purposes for which Camp Thurman is organized are religious in nature, including but not limited to conducting missions and services. Likewise, Camp Thurman intends to disseminate, teach, and preach the Gospel and teachings of Jesus Christ, to encourage and aid the growth, nurture and spread of Christianity and to render Christian service.10 The recital of these purposes is intended to be exclusive of any and all other purposes, this Camp Thurman being formed for religious and charitable purposes only.11
Spencer v. World Vision, Inc., 633 F.3d 723, 735 (9th Cir. 2011).
2 Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., 134 S.Ct. 2751, 2766 (2014).
3 See World Vision, 633 F.3d at 434; Univ. of Great Falls v. NLRB, 278 F.3d 1335, 1343 (D.C. Cir. 2002) ; Universidad Cent. de Bayamon v. NLRB, 793 F.2d 383, 399-400, 403 (1st Cir. 1985) (en banc) (Breyer, J.).
4 See Hurley v. Irish-American Gay, 515 U.S. 557, 581 (1995)
5 See Corp. of Presiding Bishop of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints v. Amos, 483 U.S. 327, 344 (1987) (Brennan, J.,)
6 See World Vision, 633 F.3d at 434.
7 See Amos, 483 U.S. at 344 (Brennan, J., concurring)
8 See id.; See Hobby Lobby, 134 S. Ct. at 2794-2796.
9 See HEB Ministries, Inc. v. Tex. Higher Educ. Coordinating Bd., 235 S.W.3d 627, 659-660, (Tex. 2007)
10 See World Vision, 633 F.3d at 736.
11 See id. at 726.; Lemon v. Kurtzman, 403 U.S. 602, 628 (1971).