Aitken Lectures

July 10 and July 11, 2018, at 7 pm

AST St. Columba Chapel
634 Francklyn Street
Halifax, NS

Both lectures are free and open to the public, but attendees are asked to register (please see Eventbrite links below)


Dr. Fred Kimball Graham, Associate Professor Emeritus, Emmanuel College, Toronto, ON


For more information, please contact our Academic Office:

Tuesday, July 10 at 7 pm

Music Ministry: Where Spiritualities of Prayer and Song Meet

The term “Minister of Music” is relatively new.  Does the term change anything? Does it carry assurance of theological education, or liturgical awareness?  Does it compete with the notion of Minister of Word and Sacrament?  What is meant by “spirituality of song”? Light reception to follow. Register on Eventbrite.

Wednesday, July 11 at 7 pm

Ecumenical Convergence in Worship: Past, Present and Future

Ecumenism flourished in the late 20th century, as seen in fresh versions of liturgical and doctrinal statements, and shared lectionary resources. Now some of have observed that an ecumenical winter has arrived.  What shaped understandings a few decades ago, and what shapes us today in 2018?  What might the future hold? Light reception to follow. Register on Eventbrite.

About Dr. Fred Kimball Graham

Dr. Graham, a past faculty member of AST, is a church music leader and a lay preacher. He holds graduate degrees in both Organ Performance and Liturgical Theology.  Now Associate Professor Emeritus at Emmanuel College in Toronto, he previously designed and implemented Canada’s only master’s degree in Sacred Music at Emmanuel.  As national officer for Worship and Music for the General Council of the United Church, he guided both the hymnal Voices United and the book of prayers, Celebrate God’s Presence, into being.  He serves currently on the executive of the worldwide English Language Liturgical Consultation. Dr. Graham’s unique background has prepared him to address issues in music ministries in the 21st century, and to reflect on the ebb and flow of ecumenical convergence in denominational worship.

Aitken Memorial Lectures

In 1995 a fund was established by Pine Hill Divinity Hall in memory of Rev. C.D. Edward Aitken, former AST President and Professor, to offer education sessions as a way of honouring Ed Aitken’s high standards of proclamation.