For Immediate Release

Washington DC, Wednesday October 31, 2012 – The members of the Clergy Project extended their heartfelt congratulations to Jerry Dewitt, who has received the first Freedom from Religion Foundation, Clergy Project Hardship Grant. Jerry detailed his struggles after leaving religion in the recent New York Times Article “From Bible Belt Pastor to Atheist Leader”.

We are also happy to extend our excitement for Jerry regarding the recent announcement of his forthcoming book,Hope after Faithwhich will be published in 2013 by Da Capo Press, a division of Perseus Books Group.

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 370 members and growing.

Our members who identify as humanist, atheist, agnostic and freethinker, use the forum to network and discuss the challenges of being an unbelieving leader in a religious community. The Clergy Project private site was launched in March, 2011 with 52 founding members - our public site www.clergyproject.org was created in October 2011.

The Clergy Project is currently managed and operated by member volunteers. The Clergy Project’s public and private websites have both been made possible with the continued funding and technical support of the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science.

Members of the public can submit donations on behalf of the Clergy Project to the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science; richarddawkins.net, or the Freedom from Religion Foundation; ffrf.org.

Press Contact:

Media Coordinator press@mail.clergyproject.org