A Message of Affirmation

By June 2, 2021Uncategorized
The Progressive Pride Flag which fades from left to right into a photo of the Kintail beach from behind some foliage. In the centre is a circluar Kintail rainbow logo which reads "proud of our campers, staff, alumni, friends"

Message of Affirmation

Camp Kintail affirms and celebrates all our campers, staff, alumni, and guests, including our 2SLGBTQIA+ campers, staff, alumni, and guests.  We are learning, working, and committing to becoming a camp where all are welcome and where we actively work against homophobia, transphobia, heterosexism, and the harm they cause. 

For some, Camp Kintail has been a place where they felt compelled to hide essential parts of their being.   For others, Camp Kintail has been a safe(r) corner of the church, a place where questions and conversations were encouraged.  Some have been hurt and some have found courage at Camp Kintail – both things are true throughout our long history.

Camp Kintail is a camp of The Presbyterian Church in Canada.  The church has long stated that being 2SLGBTQIA+ is not a sin and that each person is a beloved child of God.  At the 2021 General Assembly, equal marriage and ordination of 2SLGBTQIA+ persons in committed relationships are now possible in congregations and with clergy who are affirming.  At this same General Assembly, the Special Listening Committee (Rainbow Communion) reported on the experiences of LGBTQI Presbyterians in the church and brought recommendations to ensure harm does not continue.  The report and the recommendations were all accepted by the General Assembly.  Former Camp Kintail Director, the Rev. Dr. Bob Faris, was the co-convenor of this committee along with Sue Senior.  The work of the Rainbow Communion can be found here, including video, audio, and written reports, and it is necessary reading for all Presbyterians.

Our prayer is for the flourishing of all Kintail’s 2SLGBTQIA+ campers, staff, alumni, and guests. We are proud of you.  You are seen, you are loved, you are welcome, you are celebrated, you are a beautiful child of God.  

Loving God,

When camp has been a place where campers and staff felt compelled to hide or ignore their whole selves, we are sorry.We pray that camp will be a place where campers and staff are celebrated and loved for being exactly who they are. 

Where camp has been a place of gender and sexuality stereotypes, stifled imagination, and closed doors, we are sorry.We pray that camp will be a place of adventure, imagination, play, and fun. 

Where camp has been a place of conversations that excluded, hurtful and harmful advice, and shame, we are sorry.We pray that camp will be a place of deep conversation, holy listening, vulnerability, and trust.

Where camp has been a place of barriers and gatekeeping, we are sorry.                                                                                                                        We pray that camp will be a place of friendship and easy community.

When camp has made campers and staff feel unsafe and scared, we are sorry.                                                                                                            We pray that camp provides safe and brave space. 

When camp has celebrated being a place for all, but that was not true, we are sorry.                                                                                                  We pray that all find a place around the campfire and the table.

Where camp has been a blessing to many people in their physical, mental and spiritual growth we praise You, and acknowledge the many dedicated individuals who made this happen.                                                                                                                                                                        We pray for the staff, volunteers, and board at Kintail as they work to make Kintail a space for all.

Loving God, as we seek forgiveness and a new way forward, may we continue to seek your will and the voice of the Spirit.  In the holy name of Jesus, our friend and our healer, Amen.


With love to the 2SLGBTQIA+ Community From:

Co-Executive Directors
Rev. Theresa McDonald-Lee
Johnathon Lee
Camp Board
Rev. Curtis Bablitz
Todd Beneteau
Rev. Michelle Butterfield-Kocis
Rev. Rob Congram
Rev. Dr. Jeff Crawford
Sarah Donohue
Spencer Edwards
Judith Farris
Daniel Hoogsteen
Scott McGinnis
Shaunna MacQuarrie
Katherine St. Louis