Don Saliers

Mr. Don Saliers


Don E. Saliers is Wm. R. Cannon Professor of Theology and Worship, Emeritus, at Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, and is adjunct professor at St. John’s University School of Theology, Collegeville, Minnesota. A graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University, Yale Divinity School, with doctoral work at Cambridge and Yale Universities. He served as President of the Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality, and the North American Academy of Liturgy, from whom he received the Berakah Award in 1992. Before joining Emory University in 1974, he taught at Yale Divinity School and has taught in the summer programs at St. John’s University (Collegeville, MN), Notre Dame, Boston College, Vancouver School of Theology, and more recently at Boston University School of Theology. 

For many years he directed the Sacred Music Program at Emory, and has been organist/choirmaster at Cannon Chapel for 35 years. Among his fifteen published books are Filled With Light ( 2008),  Music and Theology (2007), Sounding Glory: Hymns for the Church Year (2006), A Song to Sing, A Life to Live (2005), Worship and Spirituality (1996), Worship Come to Its Senses (1996), Worship As  Theology: Foretaste of Glory Divine (1994), and The Soul in Paraphrase: Prayer and the Religious Affections (1991).  He has published more than 150 articles, essays, chapters in books and book reviews.  Currently he is working on a theological commentary on the Psalms.

Don served United Methodist churches in rural Ohio and the inner city of New Haven, Connecticut.  He has given numerous named lectures across the United States on matters of worship, spirituality and music, and has been involved in the development of United Methodist worship resources for forty years.  He has been an editor of Worship journal, and of Weavings,  in addition to being an active composer, performing regularly with the Emory Chamber Players in Atlanta. He continues to teach, lecture and lead retreats.