Linda LaScola - Caught in the Pulpit: Leaving Belief Behind & The Clergy Project


Have you ever wondered if the historical claims made by our disparate religions are actually true?

How about the supernatural claims?

If so, you're not alone.  Indeed, many religious leaders have had doubts as well.

The question is, what's a clergyperson to do when they no longer believe? 

Linda LaScola, in conjunction with her co-author, Daniel Dennett, has studied this very question.  She was also instrumental in helping co-found The Clergy Project, a private, online community where clergy who no longer believe can discuss the unique challenges they face in an honest and open manner. 

Please join us for what promises to be a fascinating and heartfelt conversation with Linda LaScola, Reverend Jeanne Pupke, and Tom David Siebert.  We'll also be joined by Sylvio Lynch Jr., who will disucss how his experience at seminary led him away from religion.


About the Speakers:

Linda LaScola is co-author, with Daniel D. Dennett, of Caught in the Pulpit: Leaving Belief Behind (2013) and “Preachers who are not Believers” (2010).  An independent qualitative research consultant since 1984, she is a co-founder of the Clergy Project and is Editor of the Patheos Blog, “Rational Doubt: with Voices from the Clergy Project.

Rev. Jeanne M. Pupke is the Senior Minister of First Unitarian Universalist Church in Richmond, VA.   Her ministry is focusing on developing robust worship, welcome and hospitality, and the work of racial reconciliation. Jeanne has served on the Unitarian Universalist Association Board, and served the U.U. Church of Bend, OR and as Growth Minister for the Pacific Northwest region. Jeanne Came to Ministry after a career in business. Originally from New York, comes from a long line of Virginians and is the 11th generation of her family to live in Virginia.

Tom David Siebert arrives at his Humanist stance after a life of having broadly experienced Christianity as a Congregationalist, Roman Catholic, Byzantine Rite Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, Episcopal Church and Independent Progressive Catholic. He was ordained a priest in 1981, serving in parishes and then living as a monk from 1989 to 2001. He was inactive as a clergyman from 2001 to 2006. Since October 2006 he has served as part-time pastor of a small community of Progressive Catholics in Richmond. His principal occupation, since March 2012, is Chaplain to the Pediatric Hematology-Oncology Division at Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU. He would be gratified to continue in that position for the remainder of his professional working life.

Program is Sunday, March 6th, from 1pm-3:15pm
Main Auditorium, First Unitarian Universalist Church
1000 Blanton Ave, Richmond, VA 23221