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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

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