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    The United Church in Canada has an interesting and ostensibly progressive character to it, despite its (from todays standpoint) quite conservative origins. There certainly appears to be irregularities in the handling of Mrs. Vosper’s case. However, it should be noted that even in progressive denominations such as the United Church ministers are ordained upon the premise of upholding certain beliefs. The 2016 “Admission to the Order of Ministry” states,

    “Admission into the order of ministry of The United Church of Canada requires essential agreement with the doctrine of The United Church of Canada as stated in the Basis of Union” [0].

    Those doctrinal beliefs can be found here:

    While inevitably some ministers move away from the beliefs they held at their ordination, there ought to be some consideration of whether a person who now rejects those beliefs can, in integrity, continue in ordained ministry. Churches are not businesses and much of a denomination’s funding, which makes its way towards ministers and their congregations, comes from people who are trusting the denomination to act in accordance with its stated principles and documents.


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