It was almost a year and a half ago when I first mentioned the Hotline Project on this site. We know becoming an atheist rarely happens overnight — for many of us, it’s the result of a lot of introspection or conversations with trusted friends. But what happens when you don’t have anyone to talk to? What if you’re a church-goer who doesn’t really have any non-religious friends? What if you’re a teenager whose parents are very religious? What if you’re a pastor?
That’s where The Hotline Project comes in.
It was started by the folks at Recovering from Religion and it offers a single phone number where anyone having religious doubts can call in to talk to a trained, trusted individual.
The mission of the Hotline Project is to provide a real-time peer support network for people questioning the role of religion in their lives, dealing with the negative impact of religion in their lives, or anyone who has friends or relatives facing these transitions. The hotline offers a unique avenue for callers to share and explore their thoughts, feelings, and perspectives while providing them with immediate, anonymous, confidential, and compassionate support combined with relevant resource referrals.
Using the Hotline’s toll free number, callers are connected with a trained volunteer call agent who listens with compassion and understanding, but without the risk of judgment or condemnation. Additionally the Hotline Project seeks to promote public service opportunities within the secular and non-religious community.
The Hotline is available 24 hours a day on the weekends and from 6:00 pm – 12:00 am on weekdays. Callers may reach the hotline by dialing, 184-I DOUBT IT (1-844-368-2848).
What a wonderful project. I’m sure some jerks will try to mess with volunteers, but I hope the people who truly need the sounding board find what they’re looking for. Huge thanks go to Sarah Morehead for leading this project from its creation. No doubt it’ll help a lot of people.
(Portions of this article were published earlier)