Peter Rollins picAlong our spiritual journey, we need to experience new thoughts and perspectives that challenge us to engage with God, join a dialogue about the Holy and learn new thoughts about worship from around the world. This is important in our Chautauqua experience.

From July 31-Aug. 4, Dr. Peter Rollins will bring a different perspective to the pulpit as Preacher of the Week. This week is supported by the Gretchen A. Curtis Endowment.

Through Dr. Rollins’ speaking engagements conducted around the world in churches, universities, festivals and galleries, he has challenged clergy, laity and congregations to experience and learn from his teachings.

He blurs the lines between sacred and secular, and he argues that Christianity is concerned with life before death rather than life after death.

Dr. Rollins blends comedy, parables and philosophy together in ways that will engage us differently, inviting one into a deeper appreciation of the depth and density of life.

He is the author of numerous books, including Insurrection, The Idolatry of God and The Divine Magician.

Born in Belfast, Northern Ireland and currently residing in Los Angeles, Calif., Dr. Rollins gained his higher education from Queens University, Belfast and earned a bachelor’s degree with distinction in scholastic philosophy, a master’s degree in political theory and a doctorate degree in post-structural thought.

Dr. Rollins has delivered discussions of these topics to many large groups around the world, including groups of church clergy. His life experiences and his degree in a school of thought known as Post-Structuralism, helps him deconstruct what we know and build it back stronger.

At the 10:30 a.m. Hoover Community Worship Service on Sunday, July 31, Dr. Rollins will provide a message based on Exodus 3:1-14. His sermon is titled “The Unnamable Name of God.”

During his week at Lakeside, Dr. Rollins will also preach at 9:15 a.m. Monday-Thursday during the Faith for Living Hour in Orchestra Hall. At 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 2, he will lead Vespers by the Lake, held at the Steele Memorial Bandstand.

Guests may obtain a complimentary Church Pass between 7:30-10:30 a.m. Sunday, valid until 3 p.m. A complimentary Faith for Living Hour Pass is available from 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday. Both of these passes include admissions for guests and auto.