Larry Krotz’s thoughtful article about the Reverend Gretta Vosper (“Atheist at the Pulpit,” May) contains one glaring misrepresentation. He paints the United Church of Canada as “relatively creedless.” We do indeed have a creed, and it begins with these words:
We are not alone, we live in God’s world. We believe in God.
Theologically, the United Church is a big tent, but anyone who says they do not believe in God is clearly in another campground.
Joe Grant Denbigh, ON
I salute Vosper for suggesting that people in a modern society need things that can be found without religion. While I no longer attend church, I once was a congregational facilitator and continue to believe in the importance of community.
One of the best things I ever heard a church minister say was that faith is only useful when it inspires action. Personally, my sense of wonder comes from observing nature, and the public library — with its reverence for knowledge, communication, and insight — has become my Third Place.
Robert Thompson Victoria, BC