—Don Saliers will speak about Christian patterns of worship in a culture of hype and excess October 7–10 at Princeton Seminary—

Princeton, NJ, September 24, 2013–
Dr. Don E. Saliers, the William R. Cannon Distinguished Professor of Theology and Worship Emeritus at Emory University, will deliver the Stone Lectures at Princeton Theological Seminary beginning Monday, October 7. The five-lecture series is titled “Christian Liturgy in a Culture of Excess” and will look at whether and how Christian liturgies speak prophetically and pastorally to the present North American cultural ethos.

The schedule for the lectures is as follows:

Monday, October 7, 7:00 p.m.

Lecture I: “Liturgy and the Languages of Excess: The Praiseworthy and the Lamentable”

Tuesday, October 8, 3:00 p.m.

Lecture II: “Beyond the Text: Poetics of the Senses”

Tuesday, October 8, 7:00 p.m.
This lecture will be held in Miller Chapel.

Lecture III: “Saturday Night and Sunday Morning: A Musical Dialogue” (with Emily Saliers)

Wednesday, October 9, 7:00 p.m.

Lecture IV: “Exuberance and Restraint”

Thursday, October 10, 3:00 p.m.

Lecture V: “Word and Sacrament Embodied: The Humanity of God”

don saliersHaving retired in 2007, Saliers was inducted into the Emeritus College of Emory University in 2010 and honored as one of the year’s Distinguished Emeriti of Emory University. He has lectured extensively and designed workshops across the United States and in every major denomination on liturgical renewal, music and liturgy (especially psalmody and hymnody), and issues in sacramental celebration and spirituality.

His recent publications include
Filled with Light with Richard Hillyer, Music and Theology, and A Song to Sing, A Life to Live with Emily Saliers.

Saliers has served as the director of the Master of Sacred Music degree program at Emory University and vice president and president of the North American Academy of Liturgy. He is a skilled composer and arranger, especially in choral and liturgical music, and served as the organist and choirmaster for Emory University’s Cannon Chapel for thirty-five years.

He received his B.A. from Ohio Wesleyan University and his B.D. and Ph.D. from Yale University.

The lectures are free and open to the public and will be held in the Main Lounge of the Mackay Campus Center. with the exception of Lecture III, which will be held in Miller Chapel. 

The Stone Lectures were created in 1871 by Levi P. Stone, Esquire, of Orange, New Jersey, a director and also a trustee of the Seminary.

Princeton Theological Seminary, founded n 1812, is the first seminary established by the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church. Its mission is to educate leaders for the church of Jesus Christ worldwide, and its more than 500 students and 11,000 graduates from all fifty states and many nations around the world serve Christ in churches, schools and universities, healthcare institutions, nonprofit agencies, initiatives for social justice, mission agencies, and the emerging ministries of the church in the twenty-first century.

For more information about the lecture series, call the Communications/Publications Office at 609.497.7760.