Joining The Clergy Project Private Online Forum
Becoming A Member
If you are a current or former professional religious leader, for example, pastor, minister, priest, nun, rabbi, imam or theologian, you can contact The Clergy Project after reviewing the information below. Involved lay leaders are not considered professional leaders and therefore not able to join TCP.
The goal of screening potential members is to protect the anonymity of our members while still providing an opportunity for active and former professional clergy to be welcomed into our community. Our screening process involves several stages, including disclosure of information regarding your history as a pastor, minister, priest, nun, monk, rabbi, imam, or theologian. We are committed to protecting your privacy. Our screeners will not disclose any information that you share.
Members are current or former professional religious leaders, including pastors, ministers, priests, nuns, monks, rabbis, imams and theologians. Our members no longer hold supernatural beliefs and choose to identify as non-believers, for instance humanists, freethinkers, agnostics and/or atheists or other type of non-theists.
An Explanation of Supernatural & Naturalistic Worldviews
To participate in The Clergy Project, active or former religious leaders are required to have actively rejected a belief in a supernatural worldview & accept a naturalistic one.
We define a supernatural worldview as one accepting an order of existence that is beyond the visible observable universe, appearing to transcend the laws of nature or what can be explained by nature, accepted scientific understand, or the application of the scientific method.
This is usually attributed to an invisible agent, especially of or relating to a god, demigod, spirit, ghosts, or devils. But it can refer to anything that is above or beyond what is part of the natural world and attributed to some force beyond scientific understanding.
A naturalistic worldview is explained well by Robert T. Carroll in the Skeptics Dictionary as "...one that has no supernatural or mystical element to it. The universe is all we can ever hope to know and there is no compelling reason to posit a supernatural world beyond and in addition to the natural world. The infusion of supernatural elements into human societies is itself a natural phenomenon that has a naturalistic origin and history. There may be elements or forces in nature that are not understood, but there is nothing that requires magical thinking or superstitious positing of transcendent beings to account for them." [http://www.skepdic.com/naturalism.html]
Rejection of the supernatural has several implications:
We do not believe in gods, angels, demons, ghosts, a sentient universe, psychic power, divination, mystical forces, or practices that emanate from belief mystical forces such as chi, astrology, or feng shui, or using prayer, crystals, or magnets as a method of disease prevention.
The above list is not intended to be comprehensive. A TCP participant necessarily holds a naturalistic worldview as explained above.
If you are a current or former professional religious leader who no longer believes in a supernatural dimension & interested in participating in The Clergy Project private online Forum, please submit an application here.
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