October 15, 2018

Editor’s Note: [Secular Sermon #2] This is a real sermon, recently given by an active UCC pastor and member of The Clergy Project.  He assures me that he changed it enough to make it difficult for him to be identified with the sermon.  In a way, I’m not sure it matters, because I think this is the kind of sermon that liberal pastors can be heard giving on most Sundays. /Linda LaScola, Editor ===================== “Reason is a whore, the greatest enemy… Read more

October 11, 2018

Editor’s Note: I asked several Clergy Project members write a sermon they wish they could have given when their beliefs had changed but they were still in the pulpit.  Another alternative was to write a sermon that they actually gave–that was sufficiently vague or had enough double entendre that they felt comfortable presenting it to their congregation.  Responses varied.  I received some actual sermons, either changed slightly to protect the identity of a current non-believing pastor, or reconstructed from memory… Read more

October 8, 2018

Editor’s Note: This essay, written a few months ago about church sexual abuse, is sadly applicable to the recent Brett Kavanaugh Supreme Court hearings.  The essay is hopeful, though, in that it offers a humanistic ten commandments that everyone could live by, irrespective of religious faith or lack thereof. A Canadian former pastor wrote the essay, and a British philosopher wrote the Ten Commandments. /Linda LaScola, Editor ================== By Bob Ripley I take no glee in observing that it has… Read more

October 4, 2018

By Linda LaScola, Editor I hesitate to write about this because 1) I’m not sure what I want to say and 2) I hesitate to get this blog caught up in the political story of the moment. Still, I decided to raise the issue of Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination hearings because I think it has a strong connection to the lives of clergy – non-believing or otherwise; Christian or otherwise. And I want your help in thinking this through…. Read more

October 1, 2018

Editor’s Note: Former and current churchgoers reading here – have you ever seen your pastor reacting like this?   Former pastors reading here – does it sound familiar? Whatever your experience, church culture sounds awful to me, and quite un-Christian. But I won’t blame this on religion.  It’s human behavior, with religion as an excuse.  /Linda LaScola, Editor ================== By David Mercer They’d never seen me mad before, and it startled everyone in that church board meeting.  I’d raised my voice… Read more

September 27, 2018

Editor’s Note: This is a subject that believers and non-believers have pondered a lot. In this case, the person pondering has gone from the unusual perspective of Eastern spirituality, to traditional religion (Catholicism), to mysticism, to atheism. Pretty Interesting!  Reposted with permission from Skepticmeditations.com.  /Linda LaScola, Editor ===================== Using Your Counter-Intuition (or Science) To Falsify Faith By “Scott” I realize this may seem counter-intuitive. But, have you ever asked yourself what our universe would look like if there were no Supernatural Deity or God? You’d think this… Read more

September 24, 2018

Editor’s Note: While many of the people reading here once had “brains on faith” – it’s possible that we don’t have a very good understanding of how it happened, or how it continues among many good, intelligent people.  Reading this will help.  /Linda LaScola, Editor. ===================== By David Madison Theology fails the honesty test Those who are distraught because they’ve discovered that Christianity can’t possibly be true—and are going through stages of grief—commonly say, “I lost my faith.” Something once treasured is now… Read more

September 20, 2018

Editor’s Note:  Over a year ago, I watched the 47 minute film discussed in this post and had the pleasure of meeting the filmmaker shortly afterwards. Now he’s responding to some questions about his film.  I know a lot of people who have already seen and enjoyed it.  If you haven’t seen it yet, here’s a chance to learn more it about and to  see it, too. It’s just a clickaway – and it’s free! ====================== Your documentary is LEAVING GOD: Why… Read more

September 17, 2018

Editor’s Note: I’m feeling optimistic. Maybe because I’m an born optimist, and maybe because I actually see the tide turning on this incredibly stupid and disheartening political situation we’re experiencing in the US.  Whatever – it’s encouraging to see a former fundamentalist leave his antiquated and harmful beliefs behind to become an humanist activist.  It’s especially heartening to hear about the good guys winning over the really bad guys – white nationalists.  I have a feeling that this will be happening more often and… Read more

September 13, 2018

Editor’s Note: In case you didn’t already know it, here’s information from a bestselling author/Clergy Project member showing that lying and cheating among government leaders has been going on for aeons.  Ancient Greek Scholar Heraclides Ponticus had a fit of apoplexy that killed him shortly after he tricked a portion of the citizenry into making him royalty.  Meanwhile, in modern-day United States, growing numbers of us are hoping that the mid-term elections will influence the beginning of a change in leadership… Read more

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