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For current and former religious professionals without supernatural beliefs.
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    Support | Community | Hope
    For current and former professional religious leaders without supernatural beliefs.

    Welcome to The Clergy Project

    Are you a religious professional who no longer
    believes in the supernatural? 

    Have you remained in vocational ministry,
    secretly hiding away your non-belief?

    Are you struggling over where to go from here
    with your life and career?

    • Maybe you’ve been out for some time, out of the ministry and maybe even publicly out as a non-believer… 
    • Maybe you’ve found that the challenges continue to come with your new life and you’re in need of some good community with people who understand the issues you face…
    • Maybe you’d simply love to connect with other religious professionals who have likewise left belief behind…

    If this is you, we invite you to join The Clergy Project!

    The Clergy Project was launched in March 2011 to create a safe and secure Online Community of Forums composed entirely of religious leaders who no longer hold to supernatural beliefs. Many of our project participants have deep privacy concerns, and for that reason, we place your security among our top tier of priorities. Identify yourself with a pseudonym and an avatar image if you prefer. And our private-access website is held secure with air-tight features to make sure your anonymity is in the best of hands. 

    In our Online Community of Forums, participants come from a wide range of religious and cultural backgrounds, including Islam, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism, Scientology, and more than thirty different segments of Christianity. Our participants reside in all fifty states in the USA and over forty different countries around the globe and come from varied perspectives of culture and lifestyle. Approximately one-fourth of Clergy Project participants are currently employed in their religious vocation with approximately three-fourths having transitioned out. 

    In The Clergy Project’s Online Community, forum discussion includes 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. Services are also available to participants regarding career development and the opportunity for free counseling sessions offered through The Secular Therapist Project.

    Through it all The Clergy Project exists to offer you supportcommunity, and hope. Hope for a better day, for a next chapter far surpassing anything the previous could have offered. So welcome. Welcome to The Clergy Project. 

    Please take some time to peruse our site. 

    Please follow us on Twitter: @ClergyProject

    Read the stories of Project participants on the Our Stories blog. 

    Discover valuable tools in the Secular Resources Center

    And learn more about the application and screening process here


    Who We Are

    Learn about our Online Community Participants and their struggles at Who We Are.


    Interested in being interviewed for the Online Community? Read our qualifications.

    We've reached 1,000 participants!

    The Clergy Project has just reached a milestone of 1,000 verified non-believing clergy (current and former) participating!

    To read more, please check out this article on the Rational Doubt blog.