One Year Later
November 12th, 2014, 7-9 p.m.
The Athenaeum, Indianapolis, Indiana
On November 7th, 2013, during a Spirit and Place Event, Jim Mulholland, a celebrated Christian pastor and author, acknowledged publicly for the very first time that he was no longer a Christian, that he had decided to leave religion and that he no longer believed in God. Over four hundred people came to hear his reflections on the risks and rewards of this decision. Now, one year later, Jim returns to the Athenaeum Theatre to talk about the challenges, lessons and unexpected consequences of walking away from religion.
In his original talk, Jim compared leaving religion to walking away from a mountain and admitted he was still walking in that mountain’s shadow. Since that speech, Jim has been steadily walking away, putting more and more distance between himself and religion. This is a journey that many formerly religious folk are making. Perhaps as many as three million Americans depart from religion every year. Jim will explore the gear necessary for such a journey, the challenges along the way, the lessons he’s learned in this year of post-religion and the pleasant surprises and unexpected consequences. Even if you’ve not on this same journey, there is much to be learned from the journeys of others.
Once again meeting in the intimate confines of the Athenaeum Theatre, Jim will use his knack for careful thought and storytelling to share the specifics of his past year. Jim will speak for about forty minutes and – in response to last year’s evaluations – then take about forty minutes of questions from the audience. This event is ideal for those who value authentic exploration and spiritual reflection, who seek to understand the rich diversity of belief and disbelief within our community.
Last year’s speech can be viewed here.
There will be a cash bar at the event. Copies of Jim’s book, Leaving Your Religion, will also be available for purchase (cash only).
Other Event Information
If you would like Jim to speak to your group, please contact him.
Jim has developed a series of three workshops for those deciding to leave religion, struggling with walking away and creating a non-religious life. If you have interested in being on a notification list when these workshops are next scheduled, please let Jim know of your interest.