Athe­ist United Church min­is­ter keeps her job

The Western Star - - CANADA -

TORONTO — A United Church min­is­ter who had faced an un­prece­dented ec­cle­si­as­ti­cal court hear­ing over her pro­fessed athe­ism is no longer in dan­ger of a de­frock­ing after the two sides reached an agree­ment in the long-run­ning case.

In an un­ex­pected devel­op­ment this week, Rev. Gretta Vosper and the church set­tled ahead of what some had dubbed a “heresy trial,” leav­ing her free to min­is­ter to her east-end Toronto con­gre­ga­tion.

“It’s go­ing to be won­der­ful,” Vosper said in an in­ter­view Fri­day. “We’ll be out from un­derneath that heavy cloud. Now we’ll be able to re­ally fly.”

The set­tle­ment, the terms of which are con­fi­den­tial, came dur­ing what was sup­posed to be a week of rou­tine pre­lim­i­nary mo­tions ahead of the full hear­ing later in the month.

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