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Psychedelic and mystical experience research to be the theme of Dr. Anthony Bossis’s talks at St. James in December

Hallucinogenic drugs—popularly called psychedelics—have been used by human societies for thousands of years. Today, researchers and scientists all over the world are conducting clinical trials using many of these mind-altering substances and discovering they can have profoundly positive impacts, helping patients struggling with a range of issues from addiction, depression, trauma, PTSD, and end-of-life transition.

This December, we welcome Dr. Anthony Bossis from New York University (NYU) to St. James for a Faith Lab Speaker’s Forum presentation and dinner on Friday, Dec. 2nd at 6:30 p.m.—there’s limited seating, so reservations will be required. Dr. Bossis will discuss the healing power of psychedelic drugs and their mystical ability to heal with a Q&A to follow. The congregation is encouraged to pre-watch the documentary “Fantastic Fungi” on Netflix, with a cameo appearance by Dr. Bossis (watch the trailer here); he’s also given a TED Talk, as well. Dr. Bossis will also be with us Sunday morning, Dec. 4th at 10 a.m. for an Altarside Chat. Please contact the church office at to make your reservation for the dinner on Dec. 2nd; there is limited seating. 


Anthony P. Bossis, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist and clinical assistant professor of psychiatry at NYU School of Medicine, an adjunct professor of classics and religious studies at the University of Ottawa, and an Investigator at The Lundquist Institute for Biomedical Innovation. Since 2006, he has been conducting FDA-approved clinical research with the psychedelic compound psilocybin. His primary interests in psychedelic and mystical experience research are the treatment of end-of-life existential distress in palliative care, advancing our understanding of meaning and spirituality, and contributing to consciousness and religious studies.

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