Faculty Presenters

Rabbi Rachel Barenblat
Rachel BarenblatRabbi

Rabbi Rachel Barenblat, named in 2016 by the Forward as one of America’s Most Inspiring Rabbis, was ordained by ALEPH: Alliance for Jewish Renewal as a rabbi in 2011 and as a mashpi’ah ruchanit (spiritual director) in 2012. She holds a BA in religion from Williams College and an MFA in Writing and Literature from the Bennington Writing Seminars. In addition to several poetry chapbooks she is author of five book-length collections of poetry: 70 faces: Torah poems (Phoenicia Publishing, 2011), Waiting to Unfold (Phoenicia, 2013), Toward Sinai: Omer poems (Velveteen Rabbi, 2016), Open My Lips (Ben Yehuda Press, 2016), and Texts to the Holy (Ben Yehuda, 2018.)

Rabbi Rachel Barenblat
Rachel BarenblatRabbi

Rabbi Rachel Barenblat, named in 2016 by the Forward as one of America’s Most Inspiring Rabbis, was ordained by ALEPH: Alliance for Jewish Renewal as a rabbi in 2011 and as a mashpi’ah ruchanit (spiritual director) in 2012. She holds a BA in religion from Williams College and an MFA in Writing and Literature from the Bennington Writing Seminars. In addition to several poetry chapbooks she is author of five book-length collections of poetry: 70 faces: Torah poems (Phoenicia Publishing, 2011), Waiting to Unfold (Phoenicia, 2013), Toward Sinai: Omer poems (Velveteen Rabbi, 2016), Open My Lips (Ben Yehuda Press, 2016), and Texts to the Holy (Ben Yehuda, 2018.)

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Dr. Don E. Saliers
Dr. Don E. Saliers

Dr. Don E. Saliers returned to Candler in 2014 as Theologian-in-Residence after retiring in 2007 as the William R. Cannon Distinguished Professor of Theology and Worship. For many years he directed the Master of Sacred Music program at Emory, and was an organist and choirmaster at Cannon Chapel for 35 years. Before joining the Candler faculty in 1974, Saliers taught at Yale Divinity School, and has taught in summer programs at Notre Dame, Boston College, Vancouver School of Theology, St. John’s University, and Boston University School of Theology. An accomplished musician, theologian and scholar of liturgics, Saliers is the author of 15 books on the relationship between theology and worship practices, as well as more than 150 articles, essays, chapters in books and book reviews. He co-authored A Song to Sing, a Life to Live with his daughter Emily Saliers, a member of the Indigo Girls.

Dr. Don E. Saliers
Dr. Don E. Saliers

Dr. Don E. Saliers returned to Candler in 2014 as Theologian-in-Residence after retiring in 2007 as the William R. Cannon Distinguished Professor of Theology and Worship. For many years he directed the Master of Sacred Music program at Emory, and was an organist and choirmaster at Cannon Chapel for 35 years. Before joining the Candler faculty in 1974, Saliers taught at Yale Divinity School, and has taught in summer programs at Notre Dame, Boston College, Vancouver School of Theology, St. John’s University, and Boston University School of Theology. An accomplished musician, theologian and scholar of liturgics, Saliers is the author of 15 books on the relationship between theology and worship practices, as well as more than 150 articles, essays, chapters in books and book reviews. He co-authored A Song to Sing, a Life to Live with his daughter Emily Saliers, a member of the Indigo Girls.

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Testimonials

Donna C. HolderVirginia Conference Clergy

Participating in the Five-Day Academy was one of the best things I have ever done for my mind, body, and spirit. While the learning times were engaging, thought-provoking, and hope-filled, it was the worship and plentiful time for silence and reflection that was so life-giving, allowing me the opportunity to simply be in God’s presence and to renew a sense of where and how God is leading me into the future. The added bonus was that the food was awesome and the fellowship of friends old and new was wonderful!

Mary M.Participant 5-Day Academy Oct 14-19, 2018

Five days of worship, engaging lectures and discussions, silence, reflection, covenant groups, great food and fellowship. Everything was intentionally choreographed to provide a spiritual respite and space for God’s healing work. I was welcomed, nourished and well cared for by the exceptional faculty, leadership team and staff. I would highly recommend this retreat to anyone longing to be refreshed, renewed and in the presence of God.

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