On March 26, 2012, Teresa MacBain, pastor at Lake Jackson United Methodist Church in Tallahassee, Florida, confessed that she no longer subscribed to the faith she had preached for over nine years.
The reaction, of course, was mixed. The American Atheists’ convention where she made the announcement applauded her enthusiastically when she declared, “I was the one on the right track and you were the ones that were going to burn in hell. And I’m happy to say as I stand before you right now, I’m going to burn with you.”
“Burn, baby, burn,” one attendee yelled.
Back home, the reaction was less enthusiastic. Her district superintendent wouldn’t meet with her, and she was shunned by most of her former friends.
But she was not left without support. MacBain had recently found The Clergy Project, a “confidential online community for active and former clergy who do not hold supernatural beliefs.” She now serves as their executive director.
So, what does a non-believer do whose training, education, and experience were dedicated to a religious career? She launches into the speaking circuit, for one.
The Midwest Skeptics Society is welcoming MacBain to Kansas City to share her story, her philosophy, and her viewpoint of the church now. I will be attending and reporting, but why not hear her for yourself?
Saturday, July 21, 2012
Johnson County Library
8700 Shawnee Mission Pkwy