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Deanna ThompsonDeanna Thompson

Deanna A. Thompson is professor of religion at Hamline University in St. Paul, Minn. Honored as faculty member of the year by both faculty and students at Hamline, she is also author of numerous books, including Crossing the Divide: Luther, Feminism, and the Cross, and most recently, The Virtual Body of Christ in a Suffering World. Thompson speaks to a wide range of audiences on issues ranging from the legacy of Luther to the intersection of cancer, faith and hope. She also writes for publications like The Christian Century, Huffington Post and Gather magazine. To read Thompson’s Grace blog, view videos or check her speaking schedule, go to


Don SaliersDon Saliers

Don E. Saliers returned to Candler School of Theology at Emory University 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.

Luther Rose among cobblestones