Psychedelic Theology

What do psychedelic drugs like LSD or DMT have to do with faith? How can the visions or healing they may induce be understood by Christians? Join Rev. Kaleb Graves as he unpacks psychedelics, spirituality, and how they can intersect recreationally and medically.

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Thursday Feb 01, 2024

In this live recording from The Advocate Episcopal Church in Chapel Hill North Carolina, Kaleb Graves guides participants through an introduction to the Psychedelic Renaissance and the Christian church's place in it. 
 
Psychedelics can induce cognitive and sensory changes similar to those described by prophets, visionaries, and mystics, and as psychedelics enter the mainstream, those who partake are talking about their experiences. How should the church respond? How should a minister provide pastoral counseling to a veteran who was treated with DMT for PTSD, now claiming to have met Jesus? How should a campus pastor respond if a sophomore asks to give their testimony about converting to Christianity after an LSD trip?
 
What should lay leaders and trusted friends say if someone asks them to be a “trip sitter” during a psychedelic treatment for depression? Learn what psychedelic substances are, the kinds of experiences they can induce, and what these experiences may mean. Journey through church tradition and the scriptures to learn how ministers, lay leaders, parents, and peers can be equipped to provide spiritual and interpersonal care to someone participating in the Psychedelic Renaissance.

1970 Christmas Happening

Monday Dec 18, 2023

Monday Dec 18, 2023

Come hear the greatest story rarely told: the 1970 Christmas Happening.On Christmas Day 1970, around 20,000 hippies descended on Laguna Beach, CA for a three-day “riotous birthday party for Jesus.” Music flowed on a stage decorated with a multi-colored cross, yin-yang, Christmas trees, and a statue of Jesus. Journalists described the heavy smell of hash in the air as “frankincense and myrrh.” Mutual aid tents were set up for free food and medical care. The Brotherhood of Eternal Love airdropped over thousands LSD tabs on the crowd. The event was eventually shut down with hundreds of cops in riot gear singing “Here Comes Santa Claus.” It was a Christmas celebration like no other, a West Coast Woodstock.

Mary, Undoer of Knots

Sunday Oct 29, 2023

Sunday Oct 29, 2023

The Virgin Mary. Theotokos. Mother of God. Shower of the Way. Gate of the Dawn. Bearer of our Salvation. Star of the Sea. Refuge of Sinners. Known by many titles, the mother of Jesus Christ has a long history of veneration in both the mainstream Christian church and psychedelic-infused faith.
Come on a journey through indigenous Christian culture, recreational visions, and modern medicine to see how Mary as the Undoer of Knots may have things to teach us about entheogen use and integration.
(Episode Art by Charlie Potesky, @charliepotesky, trippycharlie.com)

Saturday Sep 30, 2023

What awaits us beyond death? In this two-part episode, Kaleb explores the ideas of mystical unification with God and universal salvation in Christianity, as well as how they are paralleled by the psychedelic experience.

Saturday Sep 30, 2023

What awaits us beyond death? In this two-part episode, We explore the ideas of mystical unification with God and universal salvation in Christianity, as well as how they are paralleled by the psychedelic experience.

Tuesday Aug 01, 2023

Can psychedelics give us a glimpse of the afterlife? Is it time to leave the binaries of heaven and hell behind? Hear more about DMT cosmic space, lesser-known divine realms, dancing with God's Arcadian nymphs, and playing tuba with Machine Elves!
 
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Death and Dying

Monday Jun 26, 2023

Monday Jun 26, 2023

Psychedelics have a reputation for causing "ego death," a powerful experience that resembles physical death. Could psychedelic ego death help us overcome our fear of death? Could Christian ethics and rituals also help us prepare for death using psychedelics?
 
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What is Psychedelic Theology?

Psychedelics changed my life.

After experiencing psilocybin for the first time in 2021, I found a powerful medicine for treating the suicidal ideation, depression, and anxiety that I had struggled with for a decade. As an open-minded Christian minister, I knew that the psychedelic experience did more than affect my physical brain; it also had enormous spiritual and metaphysical implications. However, I was disappointed to find that there were few informed voices that sought to seriously address these substances and the experiences that they cause within the context of Christian faith and practice.

 

As a divinity student at Duke Divinity School, I decided to fill that gap by focusing my studies on the mind, theology, and different altered states of consciousness. Psychedelic Theology is a result of that research and work. I hope that Psychedelic Theology can become a resource for new psychonauts, curious onlookers, or lifelong seekers.

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