Fighting to Lose: Recovering the Lost art of Dialogue
Jul
21
11:00 AM11:00

Fighting to Lose: Recovering the Lost art of Dialogue

Within science, religion, politics, ethics and aesthetics lies a central problem regarding the nature of truth. In this pyro-seminar, I'll be exploring this thorny issue by looking at the relationship between Relative and Absolute. By revealing their how they interact we will be better placed to diagnose problems with the way debate occurs today, locate more effective ways to communicate, and discover one of the central tenants of pyrotheology.

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The Fundamentalists | Live in LA
Aug
29
8:00 PM20:00

The Fundamentalists | Live in LA

Join Elliott Morgan and Peter Rollins for an evening of comedy, conversation and concepts as they record The Fundamentalists in front of a live audience. The evening will drill into the nature of belief, self-deception and the unconscious. We'll also be mixing in free drinks, a few surprises and something else (because sentences sound better with three things grouped together).

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Building on Fire | Preaching Pyrotheology
Sep
4
9:30 AM09:30

Building on Fire | Preaching Pyrotheology

  • North Holywood, 91601 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Pyrotheology is a theory and practice that radically challenges the contemporary understanding of Christianity and its liturgical expression. Building on Fire is a workshop designed to outline the basic principles of pyrotheology, and delve into the ways it can transform already existing communities.

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Spark | A Creative Retreat
Nov
11
to Nov 15

Spark | A Creative Retreat

  • The Crawfordsburn Inn (N.Ireland) (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Spark is a bespoke retreat. This means that it will cater specifically to the needs of those attending. It is a carefully crafted five-day event designed for those interested in sparking their creative potential (whether as an artist, speaker, author, scriptwriter, director, musician, leader etc). This is not the type of holiday where you get to briefly escape your everyday life, but one that offers the tools and inspiration to help you make positive changes inyour everyday life.

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Atheism for Lent
Mar
6
to Apr 18

Atheism for Lent

By exploring atheism as a spiritual practice of purification, Atheism for Lent offers can a practice of exorcism powerful enough to cast out the religious dogmatism and festering fundamentalism that lurks within our souls.

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Wake | Born Again
Apr
28
to May 2

Wake | Born Again

Located in the cultural heart of Belfast and spread over a variety of historical venues, Wake is a transgressive festival that mixes the best in incendiary intellectual exploration with underground art, music, magic, comedy, cabaret, tours and talks to forge an experience that embodies the destabilizing essence of pyrotheology.

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Overcoming Envy and Jealousy | Crucifixion Through the Eyes of Zizek and Girard
Jun
30
11:00 AM11:00

Overcoming Envy and Jealousy | Crucifixion Through the Eyes of Zizek and Girard

One of the most interesting readings of Christianity in the contemporary world has come from the work of literary critic, historian and anthropologist Rene Girard. His profound interpretation of the Crucifixion has cast a whole new light on the way we understand the meaning of Crucifixion and Resurrection.

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Online Book Group | My Search for Absolutes
May
13
to Jun 3

Online Book Group | My Search for Absolutes

Shortly before his death, Tillich delivered a series of lectures that explored his personal search for meaning. They were posthumously printed alongside illustrations from Saul Steinberg. The result is a beautiful philosophical autobiography that gives a rare insight into the heart and mind of one of the 20th centuries intellectual giants.

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Awakenings Conference
Apr
26
to Apr 29

Awakenings Conference

The theme for this conference is “Pathfinding in an Age of Polarization.”  I'll be joining various experts as we delve into various theoretical and practical issues regarding political engagement and future church. More information to follow.

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Wake | The Fringe Ticket
Apr
16
to Apr 19

Wake | The Fringe Ticket

Wake is a boutique festival run by the Belfast author Peter Rollins. It draws together people from all over the world, to spend five days reflecting on the art of living into the death of our religious, political and cultural gods. It brings together the best in dissident intellectual exploration with art, music, magic, comedy, and whisky.

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Soapbox: A Public Speaking Workshop with Peter Rollins
Apr
3
9:30 AM09:30

Soapbox: A Public Speaking Workshop with Peter Rollins

  • North Hollywood (venue confirmed on purchase) (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

With the huge popularity surrounding TED talks, stand-up, podcasts and lectures on Youtube, the hunger for engaging, entertaining and intriguing public speakers is insatiable. With this in mind, I’m keen to spend the day with 40 people who'd like to develop their public speaking skills, learn how to cultivate a platform, and carve out a living from the technology of speech.

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The Absurd Cross
Mar
24
7:30 PM19:30

The Absurd Cross

  • Christian Theological Seminary, Indianapolis (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Peter Rollins will argue that there is a religionless heart to Christianity that overturns the tables of meaning, clears out the temples of tidy answers and drives out the sellers of certainty. Here the supposed “good news” that we can be all that we can be, is exposed as bad news. In its place we will hear a gospel with the incendiary ability to break down our defenses against the abyss, so that we might confront it face to face.

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Uncommon Transformation
Mar
2
to Mar 4

Uncommon Transformation

  • Highlands United Church (N.Vancouver) (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Held in partnership with Highlands United Church, we are bringing Peter’s Pints and Parables event, a full day workshop and ending with Sunday worship to BC! Open to all ministry staff, lay leaders, youth and young adults, congregational saints, mystics, poets and the curious, this event combines theology, philosophy, and music to take you on a journey into your faith

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Playing with Fire: A Leadership Development Workshop
Jan
18
10:00 AM10:00

Playing with Fire: A Leadership Development Workshop

I'm looking for a small group of practitioners keen to incorporate some pyrotheological techniques. I'll be providing an immersive workspace that will involve diving into Transformance Art and Decentering Practices, exploring leadership skills, working through concrete issues, and providing a space for you to develop networks with other leaders..

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Absurd Cross: Escaping the Tyranny of Certainty and Satisfaction
Nov
18
7:30 PM19:30

Absurd Cross: Escaping the Tyranny of Certainty and Satisfaction

Religions, in both their spiritual and secular varieties, offer various techniques designed to help us live more meaningful, fulfilling and satisfying lives. There are priests and prophets all over the planet ready to tell us that the path to salvation lies in everything from power, money and fame to prayer, meditation and Cross Fit.

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The Madness of Catching Light: On C.S. Lewis, Lacan and the Sublime
Nov
4
11:00 AM11:00

The Madness of Catching Light: On C.S. Lewis, Lacan and the Sublime

In this seminar I’ll offer a close reading of a story by C.S. Lewis and use it to unpack the nature of desire, the madness that comes from certainty and the nature of the Sublime. I’ll employ the story as a means of shedding light on Lacan’s enigmatic statement, “do not give way on your desire” and draw out the difference between fundamentalist fanaticism and a healthy celebration of the Sublime.

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One Day We Might Live: The Land, Life and Legacy of C.S. Lewis
Oct
15
to Oct 19

One Day We Might Live: The Land, Life and Legacy of C.S. Lewis

  • Crawfordsburn Inn (N. Ireland) (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join me in N Ireland for four days of walks, conversations and lounging around open fires with a whiskey while we explore the life of C.S. Lewis and engage with his ideas. There will be tours, debates, music and seminars. All happening in the stunning Crawfordsburn Inn (where Lewis often holidayed, and where he spent his honeymoon with Joy).

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An Atheist Atonement: The Cruciform Structure of Reality
Oct
8
11:00 AM11:00

An Atheist Atonement: The Cruciform Structure of Reality

The central question in Christianity has revolved around the best way to interpret the Crucifixion. Yet this discussion has by not been restricted to the confessional church. Indeed, many philosophers have taken an interest in the Crucifixion. In contrast to religious interpretations we'll explore an approach that sees the Crucifixion as expressing a form of life marked by the end of religion, the loss of meaning and the embrace of the absurd.

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Pints and Parables
Sep
23
7:00 PM19:00

Pints and Parables

  • St Mark's Episcopal Church (NJ) (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Parables are a type of weaponised dis-course that knock us off course, onto radically new ones. They tactically confront us with disturbing truths we might otherwise miss and reveal what lies in darkness. At turns funny, poignant, irreverent and shocking, they cut into us with surgical precision, reaching deep into the hidden recesses of our soul, operating on those parts of our being that more direct speech can't touch.

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Be Optimistic, Expect Chaos
Sep
16
11:00 AM11:00

Be Optimistic, Expect Chaos

I recently finished a nine week book study on a text which argues that Christianity, far from offering a set of beliefs about the meaning of the world, is a form of existence that embraces and celebrates the end of meaning. In this seminar I’ll outline his argument and draw out how it has been important to the development of Pyrotheology.

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Theology Beer Camp
Aug
25
to Aug 26

Theology Beer Camp

Join Tripp Fuller and myself for a very special two day event where we combine incendiary theological exploration with conversion, a live podcast and the very best in craft beer. Over the two days, Tripp and myself will battle it out with Process in one corner and Pyro in the other.

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Theology Beer Camp
Aug
18
to Aug 19

Theology Beer Camp

Join Tripp Fuller and myself for a very special two day event where we combine incendiary theological exploration with conversion, a live podcast and the very best in craft beer. Over the two days, Tripp and myself will battle it out with Process in one corner and Pyro in the other. 

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Pints and Parables
May
26
6:30 PM18:30

Pints and Parables

Parables are a type of weaponised dis-course that knock us off course, onto radically new ones. They tactically confront us with disturbing truths we might otherwise miss and reveal what lies in darkness. At turns funny, poignant, irreverent and shocking, they cut into us with surgical precision, reaching deep into the hidden recesses of our soul, operating on those parts of our being that more direct speech can't touch.

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James White Lecture
May
12
to May 14

James White Lecture

  • First Congregational, Colarado Springs, CO (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Peter will be spending two days giving a lecture called "Uncertainty can be a Guiding Light: Christianity, Anxiety and the Absurd", a workshop on Transformance Art and a workshop on Decentering Practices.

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Wake
Apr
24
to Apr 27

Wake

  • Black Box, Belfast, NI (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

If you’ve ever wanted to be part of a festival that combines incendiary theological exploration with the very best in art, music, magic, comedy, whisky tastings and tours, then Wake is the place for you.

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Pyro-Seminar: Sin, Drive and the Creature from Inner Space
Apr
15
10:00 AM10:00

Pyro-Seminar: Sin, Drive and the Creature from Inner Space

With Alien: Covenant dropping in May, I’d like to offer you a deep reading of Prometheus that gives a glimpse into the psychoanalytic concept of Death Drive and a robust theological understanding of Sin. Concepts that reveal what it means to be (in)human and help to ground a pyrotheological understanding of Salvation.

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Pints & Parables: Enduring Love
Mar
16
7:00 PM19:00

Pints & Parables: Enduring Love

This month revolves around a comic book that Peter is currently working on called Enduring Love. The comic is set in the Lonely Forest - located just a stones throw from the famous Hundred Acre Wood - and follows the exploits of various tragic animals as they attempt to endure the exquisite horror of love.

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