Somerville – Julian Reid – web-01

An Eschatology of Rest: Music and Contemplation as Care for A Restless World

Date: Thursday, September 22nd, 2022 at 7pm (PT)

Venue: Epiphany Chapel, Vancouver & Streamed Online


The Somerville Lecture, with Julian Davis Reid, of words and music invites the church to think about how the rest of God inaugurated and promised in Jesus Christ can lead to creative and contemplative practices that resist evil and witness to the good reign of God to come.

Julian Davis Reid is an artist-theologian who uses words and music to invite us into the restful life we were created to live. A pianist, producer, and composer, he is a founding member of the jazz-electronic fusion group The JuJu Exchange (with Nico Segal and Nova Zaii) and hosts contemplative retreats called Notes of Rest. Julian has performed and spoken throughout the country and around the world, and he has released three studio albums, the latest being the solo piano project Rest Assured. He has worked with Chance the Rapper, Jennifer Hudson, Peter CottonTale, and Derrick Hodge. He is also in an artist residency through City Seminary of New York. Julian earned his M.Div. at Candler School of Theology at Emory University and his B.A. in philosophy at Yale University. He and his wife Carmen are based in his hometown Chicago.