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Support | Community | Hope
For current and former religious professionals without supernatural beliefs.
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    Who We Are

    Our Mission

    The Clergy Project’s Mission is to provide support, community, and hope to those current and former religious professionals who no longer hold to supernatural beliefs.

    Within Our Membership ~

    A sense of true community is cultivated and a network of practical support developed for TCP members through our private, safeguarded, multi-fascited Online Community. A breath of real hope is discovered as members interact with others and encounter the stories of hundreds of other former believers on similar journeys as their own. Here our Community Participants discover that above all, they are not alone. 

    Just one example of the opportunities available to TCP members is a grant from the Stiefel Freethought Foundation to administer a Transitional Assistance Grant. It’s in practical assistance such as this that TCP is able to provide tangible support to our members.

    Extended Beyond Membership ~

    Our mission is then extended to the wider TCP community by furthering this same spirit of support and hope to those closeted and unbelieving professional religious leaders who yet remain outside TCP membership and without access to our Online Community. This extension takes place through such avenues as the following:

    •   The TCP Facebook Page

    •   The TCP YouTube Channel

    •   Partnerships with Likeminded Organizations

    •   Our Presence at Secular Conventions 

    •   Our Speaking & Interview Schedule

    •   Narratives Shared on the TCP Website’s “Our Stories” Page

    •   Tools Provided on the TCP Website’s Resources Page

    In all these ways, we are getting the word out on TCP and extending support, community, and hope to a whole world of unbelieving clergypersons who desperately need it.  

    Our Community

    So what is the actual make up of The Clergy Project? Who would you find within its roster?

    We are an extremely diverse community of women and men between the ages of 25 and 85.

    Click on the pages below to discover more about the breadth of TCP’s diversity and whether there might already be from your religious background who.

    Struggles We Discuss

    Current or Former Religious Affiliations & Types of Ministries

    Demographics: Location, Gender, Current & Former Status

    Our Leadership

    Board of Directors ~

    The Clergy Project is managed by the Board of Directors. They establish the overall philosophy, policies, procedures of The Clergy Project, and ensure that the Committees implement the philosophy, policies, and procedures set by the Board.

    The Board of Directors

    Committees ~

    There are currently 8 Committees responsible for developing and implementing strategies to accomplish our Mission, subject to the oversight of the Board of Directors.


    Our History

    The TCP Story ~

    Our story begins in Reykjavik, Iceland with a meeting between Dan Barker and Richard Dawkins. Click here to see how it all came together!

    Founders’ Welcome Messages ~

    Read the original welcome messages, directly from some very excited TCP Co-Founders back in 2011. Click here to receive their welcome and share in their excitement!

    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.