The mission of The Clergy Project is to provide support, community, and hope to current and former religious professionals who no longer hold supernatural beliefs.
In its 11th year, there are currently 1,125 participants on its rolls, who come from a wide range of religious and cultural backgrounds including Islam, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism, Scientology, and more than thirty different segments of Christianity. They reside in all fifty states and over forty different countries around the globe, and come from varied perspectives of culture and lifestyle. Approximately 25% of Clergy Project participants are currently employed in their religious vocation with approximately 75% having transitioned out.
Through the use of private, safeguarded, and multifaceted Online Community of Forums, Project participants are able to share and discuss their worries, frustrations, and perspectives. Forum discussions include everything from practical concerns like finding a new career path and discerning when and how to come out as a non-believer to one’s spouse to more philosophical conversations centered on ethics and humanism. Over time, the Project has expanded beyond the online forums to provide additional support in the most tangible of ways such as career development services and the opportunity for free counseling sessions offered through The Secular Therapist Project.
The organization’s mission extends to the wider TCP community by furthering this same spirit of support and hope to closeted post-faith religious professionals who yet remain outside The Project and therefore without access to our Online Community of Forums. This extension takes place through avenues such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, ClergyProject.org’s Our Stories blog, and ClergyProject.org’s Secular Resource Center.
The interactions Project participants have with their peers through The Clergy Project cultivates a sense of true community and develops practical support. And in doing so, a breath of real hope is discovered as participants encounter hundreds of other post-belief clergy on journeys similar to their own. Project participants discover above all that they are not alone.