Gretta Vosper weekend conference: With or Without God
- Gretta Vosper interviewed on BBC Radio Oxford on September 28th 2014 (videos)
- Gretta Vosper UK tour September 2014 (photos)
What do we mean by God and is the word past its use-by date? What would a post-theistic church be for? These are the questions that Gretta Vosper will be considering at this conference. She will be assisted by her husband, Scott Kearns, whose speciality is post-theist words and songs.
- Start Date:
- Friday 26th September 2014
- Start Time:
- Quaker Meeting House, 43 St Giles, Oxford, OX1 3LW
- Andy Vivian
- 01594 516528
- Gretta Vosper with Scott Kearns
- PCN Britain and Sea of Faith
- Friday £6, Saturday £16, full weekend £20. Sunday collection.
The main venue is the Oxford Friends Meeting House. Gretta will talk about the concepts surrounding the word ‘God’, going on to explain what a post-theistic church would be like and why it is worth having. She will be assisted by her husband, Scott Kearns, who writes non-theistic music and songs. Together they will rehearse and then lead a non-theistic liturgy on Sunday 28th which will include a message from Gretta. Gretta’s Friday evening talk will be a more informal account of her personal faith journey and how her own congregation has adapted and stayed with her.
Gretta Vosper is minister at the West Hill United Church in Toronto. She writes of herself as post-theist, though she will agree to wear the label atheist if it starts a conversation. The subtitles of her two books illustrate where she stands: With or without God: Why the way we live is more important than what we believe and Amen: What prayer can mean in a world beyond belief.
Accomodation: As students are not back, there may be student accommodation available through the University Rooms Service.
Friday evening starts with refreshments and registration at 7pm for a 7.30 start.
Saturday registration starts at 10am for 10.30 start. Refreshments will be available through the day. We are also aiming to include a light lunch in the price of the ticket. The day finishes at 4pm.
The Sunday events are in Somerville College Chapel, OX26HD, starting at 9.30am with a rehearsal followed by the non-theistic liturgy at 11am and then refreshments in the College gallery bar at noon.
Gretta Vosper will also be giving a London lecture on Wednesday 24th September.
Plans for an extended tour which included cities in the north of England have had to be cancelled due to financial constraints. We apologise to those who will be disappointed by this. We hope that a return visit will be possible at which these venues will have a priority.