Clergy who don’t believe in organized religion? Humanists think 2017 is their time to grow.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Julie Zauzmer, Washington Post

The name of the gathering almost sounded like an oxymoron: the “Humanist Clergy Collaboratory.”

A meeting to organize religious leaders — for people who don’t believe in organized religion?

“Well,” Amanda Poppei joked, “some people would say we’re not that organized.”

But the humanist clergy — spiritual leaders for people who don’t like to talk about God but do like to gather for a moral purpose — are trying to get a lot more organized. The “collaboratory,” which Poppei hosted at Washington Ethical Society, the 73-year-old humanist congregation that she leads in Northwest Washington, brought together about 40 of them for a first-of-its-kind gathering of non-religious clergy.

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