Progressive Spirit:Creating Communities of Conscience  
Series: Title: Sub-title:
Progressive Spirit  Creating Communities of Conscience   Atheist Minister Makes Waves in Canada 
Producer: Program type: Broadcast Restrictions:
John Shuck  Weekly Program  For non-profit use only. 
Summary: Featured speakers/guests:
Gretta Vosper is an atheist minister in the United Church of Canada. She is the author of "With or Without God: Why The Way We Live is More Important Than What We Believe" and "Amen: What Prayer Can Mean In A World Beyond Belief."

She is the leader of an exciting community in Toronto (West Hill United Church) that has been under fire from its larger institution for moving beyond the language of the church.

Gretta discusses the work of this community and her own struggles with the larger institution. Because of her theological views she was reviewed and declared to be "unsuitable" for ministry.

Is there a larger story, though? Gretta also talks about how the liberal United Church in order to grow has accepted into is clergy pentecostals and fundamentalists without examining their theology.

The result, according to Gretta, is a church that is losing its progressive principles in order to increase its numbers.

In this interview she discusses her review process with the denomination, what she means by "atheist" and the doublespeak of clergy who use the word "God" but do not mean it the way it is commonly understood, and the need for communities who want the ethical and spiritual vitality of a community without the archaic language of theism.

Gretta Vosper, Atheist Minister in the United Church of Canada 
Notes: Credits:
Suggested Air Dates, March 10 - 22

54 minute with optional breaks with music fill at 16:18-18:18 and 38:24-40:24. 
Society and Culture | Spirituality / Religion | Lesbian/Gay/Bi/Trans | Canada | Religion in Society | Atheism | Christianity  
Version 1: PS 55 Gretta Vosper   
Total Length (HH:MM:SS)
Transcript, Announcer Script Location Recorded Release Date Language
View Script  kbOO Portland, Oregon  03-10-2017  English 
Segment Length
File Info
PS55vosper54min  256Kbps mp3 (98.88MB) Mono 
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