The Clergy Project is proud to announce the addition of the Employment
Transitional Assistance Grant, thanks to a generous grant from the Stiefel
Todd Stiefel, founder and President of Stiefel Freethought Foundation said, "With
this donation, my foundation hopes to help formerly-religious clergy find secular
employment. These clergy men and women will no longer have to put the priority
of feeding their family above their desire to stop preaching what they no longer
believe.” Stiefel continued, "Additionally, this is an investment in the next great
leaders of the freethought movement because of the incredible skills such as
community building, support, and management that these clergypersons bring with
This project will provide crucial support to Clergy Project Members leaving active
ministry. The program, offered by RiseSmart will provide 6 months of assistance
including, skills assessment, resume prep and connection with a recruiter in their
area to help them to find sustainable employment.
Dan Barker, President of the Clergy Project board said, "I wish there had been a
service like this when I left the ministry in the 1980s. I spent a long time
floundering, searching for a way to make a meaningful living as a nonbeliever.
Eventually, we all have to solve the problems of life on our own, but just knowing
there are resources from sympathetic organizations can be immensely helpful."
The program is scheduled to officially begin in March 2013.
About The Clergy Project
The Clergy Project is a private, invitation only, online peer support community for active and former clergy who no longer hold supernatural beliefs - to date we have over 400 members and growing. The Clergy Project is managed and operated by member volunteers. Members of the public can submit donations on behalf of the Clergy Project to the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science or the Freedom from Religion Foundation.