Saltsburg Preaching Workshop

A Beautiful Word: Rethinking the Role of Beauty in Preaching and Worship

The Rev. Elizabeth Myer Boulton
Rev. Dr. Matthew Myer Boulton

One thing I asked of God, one thing that will I seek after:  to live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold God’s beauty, and to meditate in God’s temple.  + Psalm 27:4

From the earliest stirrings of the Christian imagination, beauty has been bound up with salvation.  When adversaries assail, the psalmist writes, what she wants most of all is to spend time immersed in divine glory, beholding God’s beauty, meditating in God’s house – only then, she insists, will she be able to lift her head high and sing. And yet, as fundamental as beauty and creativity are to the life of faith, they are too often overlooked, discounted, or crowded out by other priorities.  In our time together in this interactive, practical workshop, we will explore the crucial role poetic preaching and worship can play in congregational life today, as well as how an incarnational way of experiencing the world can help us discern God’s extraordinary good news in the most ordinary places.

Elizabeth Myer Boulton is creative director and president of SALT (  She's ordained in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and has served as the Minister of Discipleship at Old South Church in Boston and senior pastor of Hope Church.  She holds degrees from Trent University and the University of Chicago Divinity School. 


Matthew Myer Boulton is professor of theology and president of Christian Theological Seminary and an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).  A graduate of Northwestern University, the University of Chicago Divinity School, and Harvard Divinity School, his most recent book is Life in God: John Calvin, Practical Formation, and the Future of Protestant Theology

Workshop cost: $35, includes lunch; additional $5 for CEU contact hours certificate
Registration deadline: September 12
CEU contact hours: 4.5
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