Members of The Clergy Project were featured in the documentary film called Losing Our Religion. It was shown October 13th and 14th at the Carlton Theatre in downtown Toronto. The documentary was made by Leslea Mair and Leif Kaldor, who come from Zoot Pictures.
Other prominent individuals in the film are Katherine Dunphy, Linda LaScola, Daniel Dennett, Dan Barker, and Phil Zuckerman. Several other prominent individuals within the formal irreligious community appear in the film.
As a feature-length documentary, it is about preachers who are no longer religious believers. The Clergy Project has about 600 members. With the documentary film, this is an exploration of some of their stories. For many people, the loss of faith can mean the loss of family, community, work, income, and hope and meaning from the belief in a hereafter.
Without these life assurances, life can become difficult, uncertain, and even shatter the individual preacher, where even the support from a regular traumatic life event can be taken away, such as job security, and family and community.
This raises personal questions, such as, “How do I make a living? Will I have contact with my family at all? Where can I find meaning in life? Can I even find another community?” Or simply, “What do I do?” These are important questions that arise in the context of losing one’s faith as a leader in the community, potentially.
Now, there are even experiments with communities that have a form of religions and religious ceremony without having the supernatural tenets and beliefs associated with them, including the secular churches, Sunday Assemblies, the Oasis Network, and others.
There will be another showing at 12250 SW Denney Rd in the Southminster Presbyterian Church Church in Beaverton, Oregon. This will be on November 30 at 7:30 PM, which is a Thursday.