Darwin Day Event, Sat Feb 9, 3:30: The Clergy Project & the Post Theological World

The Clergy Project & the Post Theological World:  How a community for non-believing religious leaders came to exist and what Darwin has to do with it.

Speakers:   Catherine Dunphy, former Chaplain, now acting Executive Director of the Clergy Project and Teresa MacBain, former Methodist Pastor, now PR Director for American Atheists; will speak about the Clergy Project, an online community for non-believing religious leaders.

Leaving faith for the embrace of reason, freethinking and secularism wasn't an easy process, but thanks to Darwin and his Dangerous Idea* the evidence was just too hard to ignore.

ABOUT THE CLERGY PROJECT

The Clergy Project is a confidential online community for active and former clergy who do not hold supernatural beliefs. It is a 'safe house' where members can freely discuss the challenges they face in leaving ministry and establishing a new life. You can visit our public website at  http://clergyproject.org.

*Dennett, Daniel. Darwin's Dangerous Idea; Simon and Schuster, 1995

Event details:
Saturday, Feb 9, 2013, 3;30-5pm
Multifaith Centre @ Koffler House.
569 Spadina Ave.
Toronto, ON M5S 2J7
(TTC, Driving Instructions and map here
http://www.multifaith.utoronto.ca/Contact-Us--Book-Space.htm)
Koffler House is on Spadina Circle, the entrance is from Bancroft Avenue, next to the GSU Grad Club Pub.

We intend this event to be a collaboration between: UTSA, Cafe Scientifique, York FreeSAY, encouraged and supported by the Ontario Humanist Society,
 
Catherine Dunphy
Catherine is the acting Executive Director for the Clergy Project. She is a former Roman Catholic Chaplain who left the church when she recognized that she was no longer a believer. Catherine completed both an undergraduate and masters degree in Theology (at UofT and St Francis Xavier). As one of the original 52 members of the project, Catherine has been volunteering to help organize the Clergy Project from the beginning. She reports to the volunteer Board of Directors and she is actively working on projects to benefit Clergy Project members. Catherine is a Communications Professional who never looked back once she left the church.

Teresa MacBain
 Teresa  became a non-believer after more than twenty years of ministry. She started her career in ministry serving along side her father, a Baptist minister. She taught in Christian Schools, served as a worship pastor, associate pastor and senior pastor. Teresa received her bachelor’s degree from Samford University in Christian Education followed by her Masters in Divinity from Duke Divinity School. Teresa holds the distinction of being the first female graduate of The Clergy Project and as our first acting Executive Director. As a former minister, Teresa brings a broad understanding of the religious lifestyle and its effects on personal wellbeing to the nontheist movement. She’s a dynamic and entertaining public speaker with a heartfelt compassion for those struggling to completely free themselves from their religion. Teresa was the Public Relations Director for American Atheists and is now the Executive Director of Humanists of Florida, she remains a Clergy Project Board Member.