December 12, 2019

Editor’s Note: This is a very timely, but utterly depressing post for all Americans who value the separation between church and state. It’s especially depressing – and maddening – in my opinion, for anyone who is (or was, like me) a Roman Catholic.  The Church has enough problems with pedophile priests.  It doesn’t need a wacky US Attorney General who happens to be Catholic criticizing one of our basic rights and “sacred” tenets – separation of church and State. What’s… Read more

December 9, 2019

Editor’s Note:  As we near the annual celebration of the birth of Jesus of Nazareth, it’s good to be reminded of a few facts about him.  Who better to set us straight than a seminary graduate?  True, he’s left the fold, but it makes him more equipped, in my opinion, to sort through the myths, present the facts and ask the right questions.  After all, he learned about this stuff in grad school, not in Sunday school! /Linda LaScola, Editor… Read more

December 5, 2019

Editor’s Note: Now, for a change of pace, we’ll talk about the upside of funerals. They have been getting better, lately, in my experience, with fewer dead bodies (the Catholic tradition) and more “celebrations of life”.  The one described here sounds like something I’d like to have gone to, even though I didn’t know the guy who died.  /Linda LaScola, Editor ======================== By Bob Ripley Whenever I come home from a funeral, as I did yesterday, I remember why I… Read more

December 2, 2019

Editor’s Note:  This look into mysticism is written and reposted with permission (and with a few editorial changes) by a Clergy Project member who did not come from a mainstream religion. This piece  provides not only useful information, but is also a nice respite from the coming onslaught of the Christian-themed narratives we face at this time of year. /Linda LaScola, Editor =============================== By “Scott” Under the Influence of Mysticism Mysticism can be like a drug. It has an intriguing… Read more

November 28, 2019

By Linda LaScola, Editor Thanking immigrants is a bit like thanking yourself, since in the USA we are majority immigrants, excepting those with Native American ancestry.  Most of our immigrant predecessors, excepting those who arrived on slave ships,came here seeking a better life.  Most of us got that better life.   It’s hard to imagine what the US would be like today without, for instance, the more than four million Italians who came to the US between 1880 and 1914, mainly… Read more

November 25, 2019

By Linda LaScola I don’t remember the first time I saw a confessional – much the way I don’t remember the first time I saw my mother’s face or the first time I saw a crucifix. These things, along with things that are more common, such as trees, cars, forks and knives, were just there, as part of my consciousness. But what a weird thing a confessional is!  Some people have never heard of them and have never seen one. … Read more

November 21, 2019

Editor’s Note:  An active, non-believing minister originally wrote this for a secret blog he had.  Writing about his situation was a way of relieving his pain.  He’s been happily “out” for a few years now – out of the clergy and out of the closet – but he suffered greatly while still in the pulpit, having to pray publicly.  This post is aimed at clergy who are currently in that situation, and is specifically meant as a follow up to… Read more

November 18, 2019

Editor’s Note: This former minister, now well versed in criticizing Christian thinking, applies his expertise to a fund-raising letter he received from the seminary where he received his Master’s degree.  It makes me wonder how many of these kinds of letters are falling into the hands of clergy who no longer believe. /Linda LaScola, Editor ================================== By Paul Adams I received a remarkably honest five-page letter from my alma mater, Luther Seminary.  The letter cites widely known statistics about the… Read more

November 14, 2019

Editor’s Note: Amazing – I just learned about books written by a non-believing former minister whom I’ve never heard of before!  I even checked on The Clergy Project website and his books are not listed there.  They should be – they certainly fit the bill.  One is titled Four Disturbing Questions with One Simple Answer: Breaking the Spell of Christian Belief and another is How to Live a Meaningful Life: Focusing on Things that Matter. This blog post is a review… Read more

November 11, 2019

Editor’s Note: Now seems like a good time, right before the Trump impeachment hearings go public, to suggest to his most ardent followers, Evangelical Christians, that they may be over-estimating their own worth.  Perhaps it will start them thinking that they have way over-estimated the worth of the current occupant of the Oval Office. No one can make the case more strongly than a former Evangelical pastor turned atheist. /Linda LaScola, Editor ==================== By Bruce Gerencser According to the Bible,… Read more

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