Rev. Greta Vosper, “atheist minister” on CBC radio this morning.

gretta vosper

Back in August I wrote a piece in support of United Church of Canada Minister, the Rev. Greta Vosper and her hope to keep her job despite identifying as an atheist.”

This morning she was featured on CBC’s wonderful program The Current. You can listen to an update on her story here.

I don’t agree 100% with her view on things, I’m still admittedly working through my own beliefs, but I support her fully, and believe that as long as her parishioners support her and are willing to take the journey/have this dialogue with her, then I believe she should be able to keep her job.

In the quest for religion not questioningmature spirituality, I believe it is important to have this sort of dialogue, to ask these sort of questions… to question our beliefs.

As a minister, I personally do not feel my role is to tell people what to believe. I believe that I my job is to provide tools for everyone’s own self discovery about themselves, and about the “God of their own understanding.” And by sharing my own spiritual journey my hope is that it gives people permission to venture on their own.

I admire Rev. Vosper’s strength and courage, and that of those who are taking the journey with her, her congregants. And I hope that she feels the love and support of those of us who have it for her.

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About revcopado

Rev. Michael F. Copado is an ordained Unity Minister (Unity School of Christianity class of 2003) and a graduate of Unity’s Urban Ministerial School in Detroit. He has served at or spoken at Unity/New Thought churches in Michigan, Missouri and Florida. He was the founder of the Center for Positive Christianity in Wellington Florida, and helped found the Spiritual Life Center of Midtown Detroit (now Spiritual Life Center of Ferndale.) He is one of the officiants of Wayne State University School of Medicine’s annual interfaith memorial service for those who have donated their bodies for medical research. He is an accomplished retreat leader and small group facilitator. He was a regular facilitator of men’s workshops and retreats such as “Man Alive” and for the Detroit Men’s Wisdom Council, and Men of Today (the Men’s group of the Church of Today, in Warren Michigan.) He has also been involved with “The Living Course,” “Taking It Lightly,” and the “Bamboo Bridge” weekend workshops. His 6 week course, “Knowing God, Knowing Ourselves, and Knowing Each Other” was a featured course at Unity Village Chapel, the main worship center at Unity Village. He also has worked at the Silent Unity Prayer Ministry, and was a contributor to The Daily Word magazine. He is a passionate advocate for Marriage Equality, a women’s right to choose, physician assisted suicide, as well as racial and gender equality. He is also a firm believer in healthy human sexuality, and sexual education, having assisted in the human sexuality curriculum at Wayne State School of Medicine and facilitated the online “Sex and Spirituality” discussion for several years on Literotica.com. Rev. Michael is available in Michigan for preaching/public speaking, retreats/workshops, as well as weddings, commitment ceremonies, memorials and divorce/separation rituals.
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