As many of you know, LinkedIn is a popular networking website for people in professional occupations. There is a good chance you may already belong, given there are 175 million registered users.
Here at WEORC we are trying something new – the creation of a private WEORC networking group within LinkedIn. It would be for networking between resigned clergy and religious, and a resource for those currently leaving active ministry or those finding themselves again in a job search.
When WEORC first started in the 1970's and 80's, Jim Wilbur and Marty Hegarty created and published some directories of thousands of former priests and religious with listing s of names, addresses, phone numbers, and secular careers. These were early resources for what is now commonly called “networking”. WEORC members could contact each other for encouragement, job leads, and industry and geographic information.
Of course, one of the drawbacks of the directory books was all the work and expense involved in collecting information and getting it published. Then the information started getting outdated almost immediately. It is hoped that by using the free resources of LinkedIn and a private networking group, many of the previous shortcomings will be eliminated.