In this month’s podcast, Todd Stiefel’s co-host is Margaret Downey. Together they interview three representatives of the Clergy Project, acting Executive Director Catherine Dunphy, Jerry Dewitt and Teresa MacBain.
The Clergy Project is an online home that provides “a safe haven for active and former clergy who do not hold supernatural beliefs.” Catherine, Jerry and Teresa are just three of more than 400 members of this growing community that just marked its two-year anniversary on March 21. In order to maintain anonymity, membership is only available to those who have been invited.
The resources of the Clergy Project include not only offering a way for clergy members (and former members) to communicate with and support one another, but also a program to help members find secular employment, as well as a quick path to become a humanist celebrant through the AHA’s Humanist Society.
Listen as Catherine, Teresa and Jerry tell their very personal stories to Todd and Margaret, revealing the joys and hardships of making the transition from a religious believer preaching from behind the pulpit to a nonbelieving secular citizen making a new path for themselves.
Also listen when Todd and Margaret fill you in on the incredible success of the partnership between the Foundation Beyond Belief and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, raising $430,000 through last year’s Light the Night Walk program. Those looking to help with this continuing effort, visit the Foundation Beyond Belief’s LLS web page.
For complete episode details, visit the Humanist Hour website: podcast.thehumanist.org/2013/03/the-humanist-hour-81-the-clergy-project/