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An ordained minister of Canada’s largest Protestant denomination is facing dismissal because she is an atheist.
The Rev. Gretta Vosper, spiritual leader of West Hill United Church in suburban Toronto, made her God-denying views known as far back as 2001. She stayed on course a few years later when she ended the practice of reciting the Lord’s Prayer, and some two-thirds of her congregants quit.
A bishop in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America came out as gay during the denomination’s recent youth conference in Detroit.
Bishop Kevin Kanouse, head of the Northern Texas-Northern Louisiana area of the ELCA, released a letter to church leaders explaining his announcement, saying he hoped his revelation would inspire hope in young people who may be struggling with their sexuality or with “other issues of self-esteem, rejection, and self-loathing.”
“We are keeping Bishop Kanouse, his family and members of the ELCA Northern Texas-Northern Louisiana Synod in prayer,” ELCA presiding bishop Elizabeth Eaton told The Huffington Post.
Kanouse said in his letter he had been living in denial for decades and had recently come out to his wife, to whom he plans to remain married.
A 9-year-old girl in Ferguson, Missouri, was killed as she lay in bed Tuesday night when someone fired several rounds into her home.
Police say Jamyla Bolden was still alive when officers responded at about 9:30 p.m. to the gunshots. A city press release says that “two officers tried desperately to keep the little girl alive,” but she later died at the hospital, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Jamyla’s grandmother said she ran downstairs to help the girl when bullets started flying.
“I was holding her the whole time,” she said of the child. “I kept holding and holding her. I still have her blood on my hands. She was still breathing. I was telling her to just breathe.”
Jamyla’s mother, 34, was also shot in the leg, and was treated and released from the hospital, according to KMOV.
A shooting motive isn’t clear, and police refused to comment on the shooting except to say that they “do everything possible to find the person responsible,” WSMV reports.
The Post-Dispatch reports:
“She was very sweet, kind and soft spoken,” said Melanie Powell-Robinson, spokeswoman for Riverview Gardens schools. “We’re trying to figure out why in the world did this happen. We just can’t make sense of this.”
The home where Jamyla was killed is not far from the location on Canfield Drive where Michael Brown Jr. was fatally shot by police last year.