How a Former Chaplain Ditched Her Faith and Helped Others Get Away from God

A decade ago, Catherine Dunphy was on her way to becoming a religious leader, having already been a Roman Catholic student chaplain… but that changed when she began to have doubts about God. Her journey out of religion led her to start (and lead) the Clergy Project to help others pastors out of the pulpit — she was one of the original members and its eventual Executive Director.

She tells her story in a new book called From Apostle to Apostate: The Story of the Clergy Project (Pitchstone Publishing, 2015):

In the excerpt below, Dunphy talks about why shedding her faith is more complicated than just not believing in God:

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Secular Invocation in DeLand, Florida Includes Charlie Chaplin Line: “In This World There is Room for Everyone”

Last night, during a meeting of the DeLand City Commission in Florida, Jake Lee Smith delivered that city’s first-ever secular invocation:



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New United Arab Emirates Anti-Discrimination Law Will Punish Vocal Atheists Who Criticize Religion

You’ll be happy to know that President Sheikh Khalifa of Abu Dhabi just enacted a new law making it a crime to discriminate on the basis of “religion, caste, creed, doctrine, race, colour or ethnic origin.”

Just one problem with that. They’re not kidding about protecting people on the basis of religion:

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Black Skeptics LA Announce Winners of “First in the Family” College Scholarships

I mentioned back in April that the group Black Skeptics Los Angeles was giving out “First in the Family” scholarships, aimed at helping students who were the first in their family to go to college. This year, the Freedom From Religion Foundation gave the group a $10,000 grant to expand the program:

They just announced the winners, and when you read excepts from their essays, you can tell the scholarships are helping a lot of promising individuals:

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On Friday, An Atheist Officiated the First-Ever Gay Wedding in Puerto Rico

On Friday, writers Yolanda Arroyo Pizarro and Zulma Oliveras Vega joined together in the first-ever gay wedding in Puerto Rico.

And Luis R. Ramos (below), a Humanist celebrant, officiated the historic event.



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