Week Three July 8 - 15, 2017

The Rev. Gretta Vosper

Gretta Vosper trained for ministry at Queen’s Theological College where the foundations for her post-theistic work were laid. There, she learned that the Bible was a human construction. She has applied the extrapolation of that truth to her work within and beyond the church. In 2013, she came out to my congregation as an atheist; few were surprised.

Gretta is a national bestselling author.  Her first book, With or Without God: Why the Way We Live is More Important than What We Believe, was published in 2008.  In 2009, she was named one of the most compelling women in Canada by More Magazine and With or Without God was placed on Amazon's Top 25 Books to Cause a Commotion alongside To Kill a Mockingbird.  Her second book, Amen: What Prayer Can Be in a World Beyond Belief applies the reality of a godless world to a spiritual practice that holds incredible meaning for so many. Current scientific discoveries regarding the effects of prayer on the brain bring surprising elements to the fore and we recognize that belief is not as important in our spiritual nurture as we have thought it once was. Amen has become an important book in congregational study groups. 

Gretta is a long time Chautauquan who has served on the Board of Chautauqua’s ECOC.  She loves photography, beadwork, upcycling creative projects, and walking. An ovarian cancer survivor, she has walked 60 km (about 40 miles) to raise $6500 for cancer research.  She lives outside of Toronto with her husband,  Scott Kearns, a composer and songwriter.