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Recovering from Religion with Charles Hill

In this episode we talk to Charles Hill, a facilitator for the Columbus Ohio chapter of Recovering from Religion. We talk about how some religious believers, even professional clergy, make the transition to being a non-believer, how important telling your story is to the process, and the start of efforts to form a Toledo chapter of his group.

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In this episode we talk to Charles Hill, a facilitator for the Columbus Ohio chapter of Recovering from Religion. We talk about how some religious believers, even professional clergy, make the transition to being a non-believer, how important telling your story is to the process, and the start of efforts to form a Toledo chapter of his group.

People transition to non-belief in multiple ways. Many don’t want to lie about their beliefs for the sake of living a “normal” life so they need help in their struggle to transition to being a non-believer. It’s as much of struggle as quitting smoking or trying to lose hundreds of pounds all the while being a pariah in your family.

This is where Recovering from Religion and The Clergy Project come in.

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If you are interested in helping establish a chapter of Recovering from Religion in the Toledo area, please contact the Secular Humanists of Western Lake Erie and they will pass your information on.

Recovering from Religion

The Clergy Project

The Secular Therapy Project

Host Notes:

My journey to non-belief was an easy one. I worked through a process from believing to non-belief and concluded I was an atheist. My family, while not sure what to make of the change, supported me and most of my friends didn’t even bring up my non-belief in conversation.

I know my experience was only one way people arrive at non-belief.

Some people become atheists and they might get kicked out of their home, disowned by their family, lose a job, lose friends, or lose a marriage. Everything tells them maybe they made the wrong choice.

That’s why I feel groups like Recovering from Religion and The Clergy Project are needed in the secular movement. The community they provide is invaluable to help those struggling with moving to non-belief. — Douglas