Apathy portrait

Editor’s Note: Did you ever get really exited about something only to see your interest eventually fizzle out? This is what former pastor Jim Mulholland describes in a recent post from his personal blog, reprinted here with permission. I wouldn’t be surprised if many people (who we never hear from!) feel this way about religion. [Read More...]

Anthropology ~ In Search of a Broader Context


Editor’s Note: Another of The Clergy Project’s liberal clergy members talks with us about her connection with nature – about her family, about nature writers and how humans always seem to end up in the middle of things.  This is reprinted, with permission and minor edits, from her blog. ======================= By Caroline Fairless Throughout her [Read More...]

Atheist Clergy Colleagues Agree on Many Things, but…

Ordination, 1977

Editor’s Note: Bob Ripley, a retired, non-believing United Church of Canada minister has mixed and strong feelings about the efforts of his former colleague, Gretta Vosper, to remain in the church as an open atheist. Both are also open members of The Clergy Project.  I gave advance notice of this blog post to Gretta and [Read More...]

Progressive Religion Needs Progressive Secularism

Chris Highland 2008

Editor’s Note: When I noticed that frequent contributor Chris Highland had written several salient comments on the Patheos Progressive Christianity Channel, I asked him to post some of his ideas here. This is the result. ===================== By Chris Highland “The better part of [us] is soon ploughed into the soil for compost.”  ~Henry David Thoreau, [Read More...]

Pastor Without a Prayer

Laying on of hands

**Announcement** The  “Apatheist” post, up since yesterday, was mistakenly posted early.  It will be return September 7.  Sorry for the confusion.   Editor’s Note: Continuing the theme of how hard clergy try to hold on to their faith, this active pastor describes his struggles with prayer and its effects on his ministry and his mental [Read More...]

Update on “The Hat” and More, from Joe the Mormon

The Golden Plates and other artifacts

**Special Announcement** Also see http://www.patheos.com/Topics/Future-of-Faith-in-America/Humanism/The-Inevitable-Growth-of-Atheism-Daniel-C-Dennett-Linda-LaScola-08-19-2015.html  written by Dan Dennett and Linda LaScola for the Patheos Public Square series on the Future of Humanism in the US. Editor’s Note: I recently heard from “Joe,” the Dennett-LaScola study participant who wrote back to me about the “Hat” post in which I quoted him. He offered his insider’s perspective and [Read More...]

Very Rev. Gary Hall, “Non-Theistic” Dean of National Cathedral, to Resign


As reported today in an “exclusive” by Washington Post Religion writer Michelle Boorstein, Gary Hall announced that he plans to resign on December 31st 2015.  In his resignation letter, he explained: “Responding to the cultural and financial challenges will require a leader with a long tenure – a decade, perhaps more – and at the [Read More...]

It Ain’t Easy — Letting Go of God

Digital StillCamera

Detractors of clergy who change from religious belief to non-belief often characterize them as liars who should leave their posts immediately upon changing their minds. What these detractors don’t understand is that clergy often are fighting against their growing doubts, just as they are taught to do. When clergy first take their doubts to colleagues [Read More...]

Sacred Cosmology – The Bible of the Future?

Christopher Columbus

Editor’s Note: This post is derived in large part from a recent sermon given by John Shuck, PCUSA minister and Clergy Project member, at his very open and welcoming church in Beaverton, OR. At the request of a parishioner, he preached on the function of the Bible: “Why have a Bible at all?  What is it [Read More...]

Mulholland’s Wager


Editor’s Note:  Here’s another post from the rich resources of the Leaving Your Religion blog, reprinted with permission from the former pastor who started writing this blog when he no longer believed in God. ======================= By Jim Mulholland In the 17th century, Blaise Pascal made an interesting argument in favor of believing in God.  Pascal [Read More...]