Arts, Music, and Theology – Summer Series

2022 Summer Lecture Series

May 31–August 2, 2022AdultSpecial Events
This event is hosted by Montreat Conference Center

All programs and lectures are free and open to the public! Programs begin at 7:00pm in Convocation Hall, unless otherwise noted. Recordings for most lectures will be released by noon the Thursday following the lecture and will be listed below in conjunction with the lecture title.

Help us create “prayer bowls for peace!” Free drop-in classes will take place at Sally Jones Pottery from 2:00-4:00 PM on July 4-6. Members of the community (you!) will create hand-built bowls out of clay that will not be fired or glazed. Instead, participants will be invited to place their greenware creations around Lake Susan for use during the Evensong for Peace candlelight service on July 7th. These vessels will act as a visual prayer, asking that we be filled with God’s grace and peace. We hope you will take the opportunity to participate!

Questions? Please contact Ann Laird Jones, 662.347.3614, annlairdj55@gmail.com, Hannah Garrity, 434.806.5303, johanna.garrity@gmail.com, or Eric Wall, 828.713.8834, ewall@austinseminary.edu

 Tuesday Evening Lectures
Date Topic/Speaker Link
July 12
“Signs and Seals: The Colorful History of Presbyterian Symbols”
Alec Peters
Coming Soon
July 19 “Visual Beauty in Calculus”
Austin Jones
Coming Soon
July 26 “Womanist Wit and Wisdom”
Rev. Dr. Edna Jacobs Banes and Rev. Amantha Barbee accompanied by Eric Wall
Coming Soon
August 2 “Teaching Evolution, with Care”
Dr. Miles Engell
Coming Soon
 Additional Arts, Music, & Theology Events
May 31
Tuesday, 7:30 PM
“Invocations and Evocations” Organ Concert by Eric Wall
Location: Anderson Auditorium
July 7, Thursday
9:00 PM
“Evensong for Peace – Candlelight Service around Lake Susan”
Gather at 8:30, Evensong for Peace (prayers and music) Candlelight Service and Lake Susan begins at 9. Everyone is welcome! Featuring handmade prayer bowls for peace made by you, the community! Led by Eric Wall, Hannah Garrity, Ann Laird Jones, Alec Peters.
Location: Lake Susan (Gather at 8:30pm)
July 17, Sunday
7:00 PM
“Texts and Tunes: A Few Thousand Years of Hymns By Women”
Eric Wall
Location: Presbyterian Heritage Center


Arts, Music & Theology Cohort

Eric Wall is conference center musician at Montreat Conference Center, and leads worship through music each Sunday. In addition to his responsibilities at Montreat, Wall is assistant professor of sacred music and dean of the chapel at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. Much appreciated for his vast realm of musical genres, his creative vision, and his gift for drawing congregations of all ages and backgrounds into the celebration of music, Wall’s leadership is a major part of the Sunday summer worship series.
Ann Jones, Montreat Conference CenterThe Rev. Dr. Ann Laird Jones is director of arts ministry at Montreat Conference Center and loves the process of visual proclamation in the ongoing conversation between art and theology. She treasures the collaborative process between visual artist, musician, liturgist, and preacher which is central to worship at Montreat! She is a graduate of Eckerd College, Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, and Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC, where she earned her doctor of ministry degree in arts and theology, under the guidance of Catherine Kapikian. She is a teaching elder and member of St. Andrew Presbytery, and commutes between Greenville, MS, and Montreat, NC.
Hannah Garrity, Montreat Conference CenterHannah Garrity holds a bachelor of fine arts in painting from Cornell University, and a master of science in teaching from Pace University. Beginning with Teach for America in Brooklyn, NY, she is an elementary educator. She presently teaches art at Powhatan School in Boyce, VA. Inspired to God's ministry through art, Hannah joins the summer worship team as the summer liturgical artist.

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