The ‘church’ in Toronto which no longer uses the Lord’s Prayer
A United Church of Canada congregation overseen by an openly atheist minister seldom uses the Bible during worship and has replaced the Lord’s Prayer with a nonsectarian affirmation.
The Rev. Gretta Vosper, leader of West Hill United Church of Toronto, Ontario, is currently facing the possibility of being defrocked for being an atheist.
Vosper has pastored West Hill for several years. Since the year 2000 the church has undergone extensive change, both in what it teaches and in membership numbers.
Andrea DiPede, spokesperson for West Hill, told The Christian Post that worship services at her church “have moved away from language that references God in order to create an environment without barriers to participation.”
“The services are themed around love, justice, compassion care and responsibility, and living in right relationship with ourselves, with others and with the world,” said DiPede.
“Music is a very important part of the service and community at West Hill United; songs at West Hill United Church are also themed around these values.”
DiPede also told CP that at West Hill they “don’t recognize the Bible as more authoritative than other sources” and that “some of our members publicly identify as atheists.”