Rev. Don Saliers

INDIANAPOLIS (UIndy) -A noted authority on the music of United Methodist worship will speak Feb. 17 at the University of Indianapolis.

The Rev. Don E. Saliers, emeritus professor of theology and worship at Emory University's Candler School of Theology, is the featured speaker for the annual Showers Lectures in the Christian Religion. Two lectures, free and open to the public, are scheduled at 4 and 7 p.m. in McCleary Chapel, located on the second floor of UIndy's Schwitzer Student Center, 1400 E. Hanna Ave.

Saliers has been organist/choirmaster at Emory University's Cannon Chapel for more than 30 years, and he has contributed to the United Methodist Hymnal, the United Methodist Book of Worship and the Upper Room Worshipbook. He is the author or co-author of 15 books, including 2005's A Song to Sing, A Life to Live, written with his daughter Emily, a member of the Grammy Award-winning folk-pop duo Indigo Girls.

He received his doctoral degree from Yale University and taught at Yale Divinity School before joining the Emory faculty in 1974. He retired in 2007 after 42 years of teaching.

The lecture topic at 4 p.m. is "Singing Faith, Singing Justice." In this exploration of singing as a political act, examples will be drawn from the history of Christian hymns and song, especially from eras that cried out for justice. At 7 p.m. Saliers will talk on "Terror and Beauty: Humanity at Full Stretch Before God." What does it mean to live fully in a world of both beauty and terror? What emotional resiliency is required of Christian existence, and what resources does faith offer?

Admission is free.