I am Sarah Jane Wood, Director of the Hotline Project, the only peer support hotline specifically serving those doubting, leaving, or recovering from religion. AMA!!
My bio: Hello, Reddit! I am Sarah Jane Wood, Director of the Hotline Project, a one-of-a-kind peer-support phone and live chat line for those struggling with the negative effects of religion. Our goal is to provide neutral ground for those who have doubts, concerns, or difficulties related to religion. Our clients are extremely diverse and represent both atheists and theists around the world. Since we launched in February 2015, we have helped over 1000 unique clients and trained over 100 agents. Our entire staff is 100% volunteer, and our funding comes entirely from donations to our parent non-profit organization, Recovering from Religion. AMA!!
Other Info: Are you struggling with doubts, concerns, or difficulties related to religion? Is someone you care about struggling? We are here to help!
Phone line: 1-84-I-DOUBT-IT (1-844-368-2848) - Open from 4 PM - 10 PM central time, 7 days a week
Chat line: http://www.hotlineproject.org/chat-hotline/ - Open from 8 AM - 10 PM central time, weekends only
Apply to be a volunteer or hotline agent: http://www.recoveringfromreligion.org/volunteer/
Donate to the cause: http://www.recoveringfromreligion.org/donate/
Please note: Religion is a deeply personal and often controversial topic. Please be civil to one another. Thanks! :)
Edit: I'm stepping away from my computer to grab some snacks, but I'm going to do my best to answer every question on this thread. Keep posting! I'll be back shortly.
Edit 2: I'm back!
Edit 3: Since the discussion seems to be winding down, I'm going to sign off, but I'll keep checking back for as long as I keep getting question. If you respond, so will I! Thank you for being such awesome Redditors! I was braced for trolling and proselytizing, but it turns out everyone was just lovely. :)