Art as Vocation

I’m honored to join the ranks of the below group of guest speakers at Glenn Memorial Church for a special speaker series.  My turn is tomorrow morning.  I’ve been asked to talk about “the writing life,” which reminds me of the Annie Dillard book by the same title — though on her personal website, Dillard described that book as “an embarrassing nonfiction narrative.”  That’s about how my own writing life has felt this past week.  I look forward to finding out what I’m going to say about the topic.   I’ll know once I start talking!

Thank you to Rev. Jim Waits for the invitation – I look forward to the conversation.


September  15  Timothy Albrecht

September  22  Tom Key

September  29  Stacia Brown

October  6   Don Saliers

Timothy Albrecht, Classical Musician

The Glenn Church and Emory University Organist.  He also holds a joint faculty appointment as Professor in the Candler School of Theology and Emory’s Department of Music.  He is widely respected as a teacher and performer throughout the United States and in important music centers in Europe and Asia.

Tom Key, Actor and Director

The Executive Artistic Director of Theatrical Outfit in Atlanta since 1995.  As actor, director, and producer, he has led Theatrical Outfit to a place of prominence in the Atlanta artistic community and beyond.   He has also performed nationally as an actor at the Lambs Theater off-Broadway and is known for leading roles in Theatrical Outfit productions, including “Cotton Patch Gospels” and “The Young Man from Atlanta.”

Stacia Brown, Writer

The author of “Accidents of Providence,” an acclaimed historical novel set in 17th century England and published in 2012.  She is a graduate of the Candler School of Theology and holds the PhD in historical theology from Emory’s Department of Religion.  She is currently working on her second novel,  “The Year of Ought.”

Don Saliers, Musician and Liturgist

The William R. Cannon Distinguished Professor of Theology and Worship, Emeritus.  A multi-talented musician and theologian and advocate of the arts, he is the author of numerous books on the relationship between theology and worship.  With his daughter Emily Saliers, a member of the Indigo Girls, he co-authored the book “A Song to Sing, a Life to Live,” from which he will draw his presentation.

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