Jan. 21, 2012 the Kansas City Atheist Coalition was delighted to hear Jerry DeWitt, former pastor and the first member of the Clergy Project present for The Midwest Skeptics Society about his journey going public as an atheist!
During his dilemma with doubt, DeWitt ultimately held the senior pastorate of two congregations, one charismatic dominionist and the other non-denominational fundamentalist.
The Clergy Project was launched March 21, 2011, by evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins, philosopher Daniel Dennett, researcher Linda LaScola and former minister Dan Barker as a confidential, invitation-only online community for active and former clergy members who no longer hold the supernatural beliefs of their religious traditions. The community’s 133 members use it to network and discuss what it’s like being an unbelieving leader in a religious community. The Clergy Project’s goal is to support members as they move beyond faith.
DeWitt is executive director of Recovering from Religion, founded three years ago by Dr. Darrel Ray. “I simply have too much on my plate to do justice to this important movement,” Ray said in explaining why he What is a sugar baby… was handing the reins over to someone who could devote more time to the effort. “Jerry brings experience, excitement and enthusiasm, which will help us grow RR into a safe haven for thousands who are exchanging religion for a faith-free life.”