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Summers Lecture


The Summers Lectures, presented annually, are presented by the Religious Studies Department and endowed by a gift from the Reverend Lemuel C. Summers and by the Reiff-Lewis Endowment Fund.

Summers Lecture

"The Harmony of Liturgy & Life: A Day with Don & Emily Saliers"
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. in the Christian Center Chapel
Campus Map (PDF)


Dr. Don Saliers is the William R. Cannon Distinguished Professor of Theology and Worship, Emeritus at Candler School of Theology. An accomplished musician, theologian, scholar of liturgics and a United Methodist pastor, he is the author of numerous books on the relationship between theology and worship practices, including A Song to Sing, a Life to Live (co-written with Emily) and Worship Come to Its Senses.

Emily Saliers is a multi-gifted singer, songwriter and instrumentalist. As a member of The Indigo Girls, she performs nationally and internationally, has recorded 20 albums and won a Grammy. With her father, Don, she speaks and sings to religious communities about the intersections of their musical and theological work.


Schedule of Events

9:30 a.m. - Coffee and Registration (Christian Center Chapel)

10 a.m. - 12 noon - "Worship Come to Its Senses" (Gertrude C. Ford Academic Complex, Room 215)

"Awe and wonder." "Truth-telling."  "Delight." "Hope." How are these  matters crucial to the worship of God? How might a fresh look at word, music, prayer and ritual action deepen congregational participation "in Spirit  and in truth"? Don Saliers will explore patterns of worship experience in  light of these questions.

Especially for clergy and congregational musicians; all interested persons are welcome.

12:15 p.m. - Lunch ($10) and Conversation with Don, Emily and Local Musicians (Campbell College Center, Robert & Dee Legget Special Events Center)

2 - 3:30 p.m. - "Harmony & Dissonance: Considering Church & Culture" (Gertrude C. Ford Academic Complex, Room 215)

Don & Emily will discuss common themes and uncommon connections  found in the language and music of religious communities and contemporary  culture.  Expect to hear a tune or two! 

7:30 p.m. - "Saturday Night & Sunday Morning: A Father/Daughter Intergenerational Concert & Musical Dialogue" (Gertrude C. Ford Academic Complex, Recital Hall)


The Summers Lecture is free and open to the public. We ask that you register at the Center for Ministry website so that we can prepare adequately (those who only attend the evening concert do not need to register). Lunch is available for purchase for $10. For a $5 fee, clergy and professional poviders may receive .5 CEU for full participation in the day.


For more information, please contact Dr. James E. Bowley at james.bowley@millsaps.edu or 601-974-1328.

The 2013 Summers Lecture has been planned in collaboration with the Office of the Chaplain, the Department of Music and the Center for Ministry.