Don Saliers, 1962 B.D., 1967 Ph.D.

2009Distinction in Theological Education

Don Saliers ’62 B.D., ’67 Ph.D. retired from the Candler School of Theology in Atlanta in 2007 as the William R. Cannon Distinguished Professor of Theology and Worship.  A former member of he YDS faculty, he is an accomplished musician, theologian, and scholar of liturgics and the author of many books on the relationship between theology and worship, including Filled with LightWorship Come to Its Senses, and Worship and Spirituality.  Recently, he edited A Precious Fountain: Music in the Worship of an African-American Catholic Community by Mary McGann.  He also co-authored A Song to Sing, a Life to Live with his daughter Emily Saliers, a member of the popular singing group Indigo Girls.  One published tribute to Don Saliers described him as having “shaped a generation of pastors, musicians, scholars, and teachers” and said he has “led the way as part of a distinctively United Methodist but ecumenically formed and minded liturgical team in crafting trial liturgies, liturgical supplements, and the resources for a denominational book of worship that, over twenty-five years, have reshaped United Methodist worship.”