Nov. 17 is Day of Liturgy at CDSP

BERKELEY, Calif., Nov. 3, 2011 – Renowned liturgist and musician The Rev. Dr. Don E. Saliers of Atlanta and the Rev. Canon Michael Kaehr of San Diego, will fill a chapel and a meeting room with the sounds of liturgy on Thursday, Nov. 17, at Church Divinity School of the Pacific.

Saliers, after preaching at an evening Eucharist in the chapel, will lead a colloquium on “Liturgy and the Lamentable: Learning from the Psalms Again” in the Tucson Common Room at CDSP.

Kaehr will present an afternoon workshop on “Chanting: Giving voice to your prayers” in All Saints Chapel.

All events are open to the public, lay or clergy.

CDSP is an international center for the study of liturgy, with two liturgy professors, a lecturer in church music and an emeritus professor of liturgy on faculty.

The Saliers lecture is co-sponsored by CDSP and the Associated Parishes for Liturgy and Mission (APLM). Saliers is William R. Cannon Distinguished Professor of Theology and Worship, Emeritus, at the Emory University Candler School of Theology, in Atlanta, GA.

His presentation in the Tucson Common Room on the CDSP campus, 2451 Ridge Road, Berkeley, will follow a celebration of the Eucharist in All Saints Chapel, and a community reception. The Eucharist will begin at 5:45 p.m.; the Saliers presentation at 7:30 p.m.

Respondent will be the Rev. Dr. Lizette Larson-Miller, the Nancy and Michael Kaehr Professor of Liturgical Leadership and Dean of the Chapel at CDSP.

The APLM colloquium responds to the question, “In a time of excess, terror and banality, can Christian liturgy find again a voice of lamentation?”  Saliers will explore resources from the Psalms and the traditions of liturgical intercession for addressing “the present circumstances that hold Christian worship culturally captive.”

Kaehr, who along with his wife, Dr. Nancy Olmsted Kaehr endowed the faculty chair held by Larson-Miller, will lead a two-hour lecture and workshop on liturgical chanting from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., responding to these questions:

“Is it possible to chant and really pray at the same time?  What is the difference between singing and chanting?  How can breath stabilize both prayer and chanting at the same time?”

His hands-on practicum will assess individual vocal issues and offer ways to step into the realm of vocal production for students as well as those with established chanting norms.

To RSVP for the Kaehr chanting workshop, e-mail

About Church Divinity School of the Pacific (CDSP)

Church Divinity School of the Pacific (CDSP) is a seminary of The Episcopal Church and founding member of the Graduate Theological Union. Women and men come to its Berkeley, California, campus to prepare theologically and spiritually for innovative leadership in the Church and the world.

Founded in 1893, CDSP offers post-graduate courses and degree programs for students pursuing a variety of lay and ordained careers and is committed to academic excellence in an active worshiping community.

Liturgy faculty at CDSP are:

The Rev. Dr. Lizette Larson-Miller, Nancy and Michael Kaehr Professor of Liturgical Leadership and Dean of the Chapel; The Rev. Dr. Ruth Meyers, James F. Hodges and Harold and Rita Haynes Professor of Liturgics; The Rev. Dr. Louis Weil, James F. Hodges and Harold and Rita Haynes Professor of Liturgics Emeritus; George Emblom, Director of Chapel Music and Lecturer in Church Music.

CDSP is located at 2451 Ridge Rd., Berkeley, Calif., just north of the University of California, Berkeley. For more information, visit, or call 510-204-0700.

About APLM

The Associated Parishes for Liturgy and Mission is an association of people in The Episcopal Church in the United States, the Anglican Church of Canada, and sister churches who share a passion for liturgy that is well done, appropriate to the culture and context, and revelatory of God’s lively mission in the world.

About the Rev. Don Saliers

Rev. Saliers taught at Yale Divinity School before joining the Emory University faculty. He lectures and preaches across North America, and is the author and co-author of 15 books and over 140 essays. In 2005 he wrote “A Song to Sing, A Life to Live,” with his daughter Emily, one of Grammy-winning Indigo Girls.

About the Rev. Canon Michael Kaehr

Rev. Canon Kaehr received an undergraduate degree in music education from Heidelberg University and master’s in music (M.M.) in vocal performance from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He received a M.Div. from Nashotah House. After teaching music for many years in public schools and colleges he became a priest in the Diocese of Fond du Lac, WI., then moved to California in 1985 and served in La Jolla, Chula Vista and in retirement at St. Paul’s Cathedral in San Diego. He still teaches music and the art of chant.

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