On Wednesday, the Conference Interview Committee of the Toronto Conference of the United Church of Canada released its report on atheist minister Rev. Gretta Vosper. They ruled that she is not suitable to continue as a minister in the United Church.
I’ve been wanting to set up recurring updates about topics of interest to Canadian atheists for years now. I was quite enthused when Secular Lynx started doing it a year or so back. But Secular Lynx seems to have died, so I thought it was finally time to step up.
Gretta Vosper made a huge splash in 2008 when she came out as atheist, despite being an ordained minister of the United Church of Canada. Clergy coming out atheist is hardly news, but what made Vosper stand out was that she insisted on continuing as a minister of the UCC while preaching her atheist beliefs,… Read more »
Catherine Dunphy, one of the founding members of The Clergy Project, visited the Toronto branch of CFI Canada to talk about The Clergy Project and her book, From Apostle to Apostate. Dunphy’s presentation was video tapped by NicolSD. When you listen to the portion after 34:00, the portion that deals with “clergy sexual misconduct” in… Read more »
Bob Ripley, a retired, non-believing United Church of Canada minister, has a guest post on Rational Doubt where he examines his “mixed and strong feelings about the efforts of his former colleague, Gretta Vosper, to remain in the church as an open atheist.” In his post entitled “Atheist Clergy Colleagues Agree on Many Things, but…,”… Read more »