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An Atheist Pastor? Sure, Says Her Congregation.

For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths. —2 Timothy 4:3-4 (ESV)


Gretta Vosper, self-described “minister, author, atheist”.

In a move that is unlikely to shake the faith—or rather its absence—of the congregants of West Hill United Church, Toronto, their pastor will have to defend her atheism before a denominational panel of the United Church of Canada.

Reverend Gretta Vosper, the church’s pastor since 1997, has been open in defending her atheistic views. It’s been merely three years or so since she’s taken to actually calling herself an atheist. She believes in a “metaphorical god instead of the traditional theistic vision of god,” according to a press release from the (non-metaphorical, we assume) church.

In a story describing the travails of the West Hill United Church’s leader, the left-leaning Guardian newspaper  astutely observed the absence of any Bibles in the church while pointing out that one of the church’s only religious symbols, a cross, was mostly hidden by rainbow-colored streamers.  The congregants of the church stand solidly behind their leader and her “effectiveness” in that role.

The church’s mission declares that it is “Moved by a reverence for life to pursue justice for all, we inspire one another to seek truth, live fully, care deeply and make a difference.” Evidently, the Bible isn’t one of those places where they seek truth.

Sources: West Hill United Church, The Guardian. Photo:


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