From Isolation to New Family


Editor’s Note: My Patheos Colleague, Catherine Dunphy, celebrates her first face-to-face meeting with her Clergy Project family member, Jerry Dewitt. I knew them before they knew each other, having interviewed them for the Dennett-LaScola study. Catherine contacted me directly after seeing our study and Jerry contacted me after hearing about the study and the newly [Read More...]

Theistic Evolution? No Such Thing


Editor’s Note: Our Humanistic Rabbi sets liberal clergy straight on the subject of evolution:  religious beliefs and the findings of science are NOT perfectly compatible. =========================== By Jeffrey L. Falick Not too long ago someone asked me if The Clergy Project was in any way related to The Clergy Letter Project. The two should definitely [Read More...]

Growing Into My Humanism: Shedding Light on the Shadow of Theism


Editor’s Note: I met Tony Pinn at a Center for Inquiry talk. He is a professor at Rice University who was in Washington, DC to discuss his new book. I’m so happy that he took me up on an offer to write something from his book for the blog. Here he discusses making a new [Read More...]

Humanist Communities – We Can’t Tolerate Intimidation


Editor’s Note: It’s encouraging that there are so many new humanist communities around the world, but troubling that one of them faces intimidation from so-called religious people. This post is includes an interim report on a new humanist community in the American South. We hope this story has a happy ending. ==================== By Catherine Dunphy [Read More...]

My Weekend at the World Humanist Congress, Oxford, UK

Editor’s Note:  Catherine Dunphy, Clergy Project member and operations manager of this blog, shares her enthusiasm about her recent experience with humanists from around the world.                                                           [Read More...]

Unbelieving Pastor Justifies Staying in the Pulpit

Editor’s Note:  In his second post, Andy, a UCC pastor committed to a social justice ministry, asks himself if he is a con man because he makes a living, in part, by pretending to believe in “…the metaphysics some people find necessary to ground them.”   What do you think?  ================================  By “Andy” Steve Martin plays a [Read More...]

Presbyterian Minister and TCP Member Speaks up for Evolution

Michael Zimmerman, head of The Clergy Letter Project, reports that active Presbyterian minister, John Shuck, was unsuccessful in his recent attempt to influence the Presbyterian Church, USA (the progressive branch) to endorse Evolution Sunday.  This is a part of Evolution Weekend observed by many progressive churches. The Clergy Letter Project (not to be confused with [Read More...]

Why Study Non-Believing Clergy?

Editor’s Note: In this post, I explain what instigated the unlikely, oxymoronic study of non-believing clergy that Dan Dennett and I set off on a few years ago.  The post is derived from the “Linda’s Personal Story” section of Caught in the Pulpit: Leaving Belief Behind and is the first of an occasional series about [Read More...]

How to Reach Believers about Atheism: Through their Hearts

Editor’s Note: This post is derived, with permission, from a letter Dennis Augustine wrote to Sean Faircloth thanking him for guiding him to The Clergy Project.  Augustine describes how he came to atheism via emotion, not reason. ============================ By Dennis Augustine It’s been a few months since Sean Faircloth put me in contact with a screener [Read More...]

From Secret Meetings to Public Events: It’s Good to be “Out”

On Sunday, June 15th, Jerry Dewitt and I had a reunion in Washington, DC that we never foresaw back when we first met.  That auspicious and surreptitious event took place in the summer of 2011, down in Lake Charles, Louisiana when Jerry took part in the Dennett-LaScola study of non-believing clergy.  Back then, Jerry was [Read More...]