| Margaret Ann Vosper
July 6, 1958 (age 58)
Kingston, Ontario (1958-07-06) |
Author, Minister, United Church of Canada, West Hill United Church; Governor; Centennial College; Director, Ecumenical Community of Chautauqua; Founder, Canadian Centre for Progressive Christianity; Director, The Clergy Project
Mount Allison University, Queen's Theological College
With Or Without God: Why the Way We Live is More Important Than What We Believe
Mount Allison University, Master of Divinity, Queen's School of Religion
John Shelby Spong, Marcus Borg, John Dominic Crossan, Richard Dawkins, Don Cupitt
The Rev. Gretta Vosper (born July 6, 1958) is a United Church of Canada minister who is an atheist. Her best selling books include With or Without God: Why The Way We Live is More Important Than What We Believe in 2008, and Amen: What Prayer Can Mean in a World Beyond Belief in 2012. She has also published three books of poetry and prayers.
Vosper is a graduate of Mount Allison University, and received her master of divinity from Queen's Theological College in 1990 with ordination in 1992. She has been a minister with West Hill United Church in Toronto since 1997. Gretta Vosper is also founder of the Canadian Centre for Progressive Christianity.
Despite a finding in September 2016 by the church's Toronto Conference Review Committee that her atheism made her "not suitable to continue in ordained ministry", her congregation has remained staunchly supportive. The matter has been referred to the church's General Council for a decision that could have her defrocked.
Her work bridges Progressive Christianity and atheism exploring beyond the boundaries of Christian thought. Her website indicates In 2001, I made it clear that I did not believe in a supernatural, interventionist, divine being. At first, I identified as a non-theist as I do in my first book published in 2008. Then, in my second book, I felt the need to further distinguish myself from those who used the term non-theist but retained a belief in the supernatural aspects of god; there, I identified as a theological non-realist. In 2013, I embraced the term atheist which means, literally, no belief in a theistic, supernatural being.
With Or Without God. Canada: HarperCollins. 2008. ISBN 1-55468-400-5.
Amen: What Prayer Can Mean in a World Beyond Belief. Canada: HarperCollins. 2012. ISBN 1-55468-647-4.
Holy Breath: Prayers for Worship and Reflection. Toronto, Canada: File 14. 1986. ISBN 0-9737752-0-3.
Another Breath. Toronto, Canada: File 14. 2009. ISBN 0-9737752-1-1.
We All Breathe. Toronto, Canada: File 14. 2012. ISBN 978-0-9737752-3-5.
Gretta Vosper Wikipedia