Meetup details changed: NYC ATHEISTS FEBRUARY MEETUP

From: Jane E.
Sent on: Friday, February 15, 2013 4:11 PM

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When: Tuesday, February 19,[masked]:00 PM

Where: Stone Creek
140 E 27th St. (3/Lex)
New York, NY 10011

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Pastors Are Leaving Their Flocks?

What’s Happening? A Strange New Phenomenon Is Hitting Religion

A couple of years ago, Tufts professor and popular Atheist author Daniel Dennett had an idea: He intuited that there are a number of Christian clergy out there who have lost interest in “the calling” and would leave their church pastorship if only they could earn a living elsewhere.

Dennett got researcher Linda LaScola of Washington DC, to do some interviews with a couple of leads he had. What happened next blew the minds of both Dennett and LaScola: The early leads of five to seven disaffected clergy turned into dozens of pastors, all over the country, as each pastor referred them to another, all eager to leave their pastorates.

Dennett and LaScola established a Web site, The Clergy Project, (, a safe online place where disaffected pastors could communicate with one another, support each other throughout the emotional process of leaving their faith and help each other find new jobs in the the secular world. More than 200 clergy have passed through its online gates since it was established.

Now Being Filmed

NYC Atheists’ discussion group leader Michael Dorian found out about The Clergy Project last year at the American Atheists convention when five pastors came out as Atheists at a panel discussion during the convention. Dorian, who is a documentary filmmaker, said a light bulb went off over his head. This strange new phenomenon of scores of pastors becoming disenchanted with religion and wanting to leave their pastorates was unique in history. What was causing it? Dorian decided this was fascinating material for a new documentary film.

Dorian and his partner, Marc Levine, have been filming a documentary on The Clergy Project since then, going from location to location to interview disenchanted pastors.

“We’re confident that we are on to a very important story that could have a great impact,” says Dorian. “It is unique, profound, dramatic and very timely. Everyone we’ve talked to about the subject of our documentary has been incredibly enthusiastic and highly intrigued.”

What Does the Phenomenon Foretell?

How do YOU feel about this odd new phenomenon? Do you think it signals a decline in religiosity and a trend toward Atheism?  Do you think it reflects the shifting zeitgeist in America?  Come to Michael Dorian’s monthly NYC Atheists’ Discussion Group on Tuesday, February 19, and examine, with your fellow Atheists, this extraordinary happening: the revolt of pastors against the very dogma they are being paid to preach.

Dorian will be filming at this meeting, and if you feel so inspired, you are welcome to voice your opinion on camera. If not, relax in a friendly, upbeat atmosphere, enjoy your Atheist friends and watch your fellow Atheists become movie commenters.


WHAT:      “THE CLERGY PROJECT: Does It Signal the Decline of Religion

in America?”  a discussion led by Michael Dorian, documentary


WHEN:       Tuesday, February 19, 2013 at 7 p.m.

WHERE:      STONE CREEK Bar and Pub

140 East 27th St. (3rd/Lex)

COST:          FREE, but you are expected to

purchase food/drink to compensate

Stone Creek for use of their space.

The knoshies are a notch above

most pubs and there’s a good

selection of beers.


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