LOSING OUR RELIGION
Time & Location
About the Event
Losing Our Religion is a feature length documentary about clergy who are no longer believers, and what atheists do when they miss church. Allowed access to the 600 members of The Clergy Project – a safe haven for ministers from all faiths who no longer believe – the documentary follows ex-members and clergy who are still undercover. They are not just losing their religion, for many they are losing their friends, community and even family, as well as their job. As events unfold that change lives forever, their stories also connect with secular communities that are growing in surprising places, such as the Buckle of the Bible Belt in Nashville, Tennessee. New groups are experimenting in ways to have church without god, and asking the same question as unbelieving clergy - "what's next?"
You can view the documentary trailer by following the link below:
The documentary has been shown in other cities with great success.
Former megachurch pastor, and member of The Clergy Project, Jim Palmer, will share his story from religion to humanism. Jim is a public figure and author of five books. He is the creator of the Life After Religion course, and speaks and leads seminars on Religious Trauma Syndrome. He counsels individually with people who have been damaged through their involvement in religion. He is endorsed by The Humanist Society and American Humanist Association as a Humanist Chaplain and Celebrant.
Following the documentary there will be a panel discussion with leaders in the Middle Tennessee secular community, including Patrick Horst (Founder and President of NaNoCon), Gayle Jordan (Executive Director of Recovering from Religion), and Kayleen Shephard Overlund (President of Nashville Humanist). The panel will also include members and representatives of The Clergy Project. It's our hope that this event will:
(1) Put a spotlight on the growing number of people (including clergy) who are leaving religion and turning to humanism as a more meaningful path for life.
(2) Provide a safe, encouraging, accepting and supporting environment for people who have left or in the process of leaving religion, and interested in exploring secular humanism.
(3) Promote the diverse secular community of Nashville and Middle Tennessee, and represent the spectrum of secular groups that are doing good things in the Music City.
(4) Have fun, meet new people, and make new friends.