Canadian Centre for Progressive Christianity — Toronto, ON
Named one of 2009’s Most Compelling Women in Canada by More Magazine, Gretta Vosper has been in the spotlight since founding the Canadian Centre for Progressive Christianity in 2004. Her national bestselling book, With or Without God: Why the Way We Live is More Important that What We Believe, quickly became a national bestseller and attracted media attention and debate across the country. Met with both acclaim and vitriol by those inside and outside the church, With or Without God challenges the clergy’s silence on contemporary scholarship, arguing that people need to know the Bible is not the authoritative word of God for all time. With or Without God was featured in the cover article of the 2008 Maclean’s magazine Easter edition, and was listed on Amazon’s Top 25 Books that Caused a Commotion. In 2009, Gretta was named one of the Most Compelling Women in Canada by More Magazine.
Since then, Gretta’s work has been featured in media across the country and internationally. She has been introduced to Bishop John Shelby Spong’s readership as a guest columnist – Spong has called her “one of the most exciting voices in 21st century Christianity.” Close to home, Gretta appears as a regular on the “Culture Wars” segment of the John Oakley Show on AM640, Toronto’s most popular Talk Radio morning program. Abroad, she has welcomed opportunities such as giving the keynote speaker address for Common Dreams, The 2010 International Conference for Religious Progressives in Melbourne, Australia. Her Faith Without God presentation in Moses Znaimer’s ideacity 2012 was very well received.
Having twice narrowly avoided heresy trials, Gretta continues to lead West Hill United – “a progressive community of faith growing out of the Christian tradition” – in Scarborough, Ontario. Non-exclusive inspirational liturgical and music resources written by Gretta and her partner, Scott Kearns, are used internationally. Her second book, Amen; What Prayer Can Mean in a World Beyond Belief, published by HarperCollins Canada, has been available since the beginning of April.
Gretta continues to serve on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Centre for Progressive Christianity. She holds a position as a member of the Board of Governors of Centennial College and is also a Director on the Board of the Ecumenical Community of Chautauqua, an organization that works to provide affordable accommodations at the Chautauqua Institution in upstate New York.
Watch part one of Gretta's talk titled "With or Without God":