Catherine Dunphy, Acting Executive Director of The Clergy Project

Going to play catch-up on some things that need amplification on my tabs for the weekend. Apologies for being so absent lately, and for being so late on a few extremely newsworthy items. It couldn’t be helped.

First up, allow me to extend hearty and heartfelt congratulations to Catherine Dunphy, the first graduate of The Clergy Project and an absolutely lovely human being through and through, on her recent appointment as Acting Executive Director for the project. The press release, which I’ve nicked from RDF

Washington DC, Thursday July 26, 2012 – The Board of Directors of the Clergy Project would like toannounce the appointment of a new acting Executive Director.

As we move forward with our organizational goals, Catherine Dunphy former Chaplain and Board Secretary has been appointed by the Board of Directors to the role of acting Executive Director of the Clergy Project. Catherine has been a member of the Clergy Project since its inception in March 2011.

“Catherine has been an integral part of the Clergy Project from early on, working closely with outgoing director Teresa MacBain, the rest of the organizers, the screeners, and the board. She is the natural choice to succeed Teresa as acting director. Her dedication to the cause and her professionalism are noteworthy and deeply appreciated.“ Dan Barker, Co-President Freedom from Religion Foundation

“Catherine is a perfect choice for The Clergy Project. She is one of the ‘founding 50’ and has been a driving force within TCP since its inception.” Teresa MacBain, Public Relations Director, American Atheists

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 300 members and growing.

Our members who identify as 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 – our public site was created in October 2011.

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; Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science;, or the Freedom from Religion Foundation;

Press Contact:

Media Coordinator [email protected]

I’ve never taken a shine to someone solely on the basis of their apparent empathy before, but in the several conversations I’ve had with her prior to this announcement, she’s impressed upon me exactly what sort of person she is. I strongly feel this appointment is not only deserved, but that she’s an excellent choice for the job.

Cheers, Catherine!

Catherine Dunphy, Acting Executive Director of The Clergy Project