United Church of Canada
“I do not believe in a theistic, supernatural being called God,” ,“I don’t believe in what I think 99.99% of the world thinks you mean when you use that word.” , ” God is instead a metaphor for goodness and a life lived with compassion and justice” says Gretta Vosper
The congregation, may well, denude itself of God and the Bible or any religious symbols, and scriptures. Emphasizing instead ‘moral’ teachings. It’s claimed that they shed ‘light’ on ‘religious doctrines’.
It staggers believe coming across such paradoxes:
An atheist pastor, at that, and a minister of the church, administering to his flock moral teachings; the death of God, and by its virtue, the Devil. Leaving only the Good in a Godless, and a non Satanic world.
It is jarring business, emulating the Church, and its teachings while subverting it’s very core, at the same time.
They could achieve the same (with a lot more respect from me) if they employed a ‘didactic’ discourse, imparting teachings that are as just and fair, and containing universal ‘moral’ principles (e.g Human Rights). Without adopting the role of the religious hierarchy, and the platforms from which to pass those messages packaged in divine language!!