Hunt Priest / Christianity & Psychedelics
Fri 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Venue: Healing Arts
Type of Experience: Conversation
Content Type: Christianity & Psychedelics
How are Christians already engaging and supporting the “psychedelic renaissance”? What do psychedelics have to offer Christianity, and what does Christianity have to offer psychedelics? Non-ordinary states of consciousness and the possible paths to an experience of God are nothing new in the Christian tradition, with many examples in Scripture and in the Church’s mystical and contemplative tradition. Tragically, the Church also has a history of violently oppressing these paths, including the Indigenous communities that have historically and ritually used entheogenic plants and fungi to open to the Holy. As entheogenic/psychedelic substances such as psilocybin and MDMA are receiving renewed interest and respect for therapeutic healing and spiritual growth, more and more Christians are discerning their own engagement through a Christian lens. Ligare, a Georgia-based non-profit and the host of this conversation, is an educational network working at the intersection of contemplative and mystical Christianity and the exploration of the spiritual and religious engagement with entheogenic/psychedelic plants and fungi. A small group of panelists across intersectional backgrounds are sharing their own experiences and ideas for the future of emotional healing and spiritual growth and development.