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2013 Willson Lectures Featuring Peter Rollins

2013 ESR Willson Lectures
April 8-9, 2013
Featuring Peter Rollins


View today's lectures via webcast on ESR's website:

Christianity and The Decay of God

In contrast to the usual answers concerning what the Good News might be, Peter will present a radical and initially disturbing definition: you can’t be satisfied, life is difficult, and you don’t know the secret. Arguing that God has traditionally been thought of as a type of product that will make you whole, remove your suffering and give you the truth, he will contrast that with an approach to faith which invites us to embrace suffering, face up to our unknowing and fully accept the difficulties of existence.

Join us as we explore this theme with Peter through lecture, panel discussion and anchor groups. Registration is open for the full event and you can view/print the PDF registration form HERE. You can also view the entire event brochure HERE. The Monday evening lecture can be attended separately, and is free and open to the public. 

April 8-9th Agenda


April 8th


8:00 am

Registration & continental breakfast

8:30 am

Waiting Worship

9:00 am

The Hellish Pursuit of Heaven: Religion and the Escape from Emptiness -Peter Rollins

9:45 am



A Group Response to the Hellish Pursuit: A Panel Discussion 


Programmed Worship


Lunch and relaxation

1:30 pm

Life Before Death: Freedom from Enjoyment - Peter Rollins

2:00 pm


2:15 pm

Anchor Groups

3:30 pm


3:45 pm

Christ and the Putrid Collective: Can a Radical Church Emerge -Peter Rollins

5:00 pm

Dinner break on your own

7:30 pm

Public Lecture - Christianity and the Decay of God - Peter Rollins


April 9th

*Peter Rollins will not be present for this day's activities*

8:30 am

Programmed Worship

9:30 am

Presentation: New Foundations


Anchor Groups


Common Meal & wrap-up discussion



Public Lecture

7:30 pm

Goddard Auditorium, Earlham College

This lecture is free and open to the public

Rollins is an Irish writer, lecturer, theologian, philosopher, and published author including the book Insurrection: To Believe is Human; To doubt, Divine, and his newest title, The Idolatry of God.

For more information on Rollins you can visit his website here:

For more information on this year's Willson Lectures, contact Mandy Ford at or call (765) 973-2158

Event Date: 
04/08/2013 - 7:30pm - 04/09/2013 - 1:00pm