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2010 Seminars

Case Studies from the History of Worship: Prospects for
ResRuth Photoearch and Pedagogy in a Variety of Theological Disciplines
June 28 - July 16, 2010

Directed by
Lester Ruth

Co-sponsored by the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship
Funded by the Lilly Endowment, Inc.

Seminar Description

This seminar will focus on the development and pedagogical use of case studies from the history of Christian worship. In the seminar, participants will have opportunity to research and initiate writing on a case study documenting the first-hand accounts, texts, and theological reflections from some historical instance of worship. Over the three weeks, participants will also gather daily to discuss the general issues involved in developing their case studies and teaching a variety of theological disciplines by means of these case studies. The seminar will explore how these case studies could be used in teaching courses in worship or the history of Christianity, especially, as well as in theology and religious studies more broadly.

About the Director

Dr. Lester Ruth is the Lily May Jarvis Professor of Christian Worship at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky. He teaches, too, in the Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies in Orange Park, Florida. Prior to teaching, he served several pastoral appointments in the Texas Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. His doctorate in worship history is from the University of Notre Dame.

Ruth is the author of several books including A Little Heaven Below: Worship at Early Methodist Quarterly Meetings, Accompanying the Journey: A Handbook for Sponsors, and Early Methodist Life and Spirituality.He is also the co-author of Creative Preaching on the Sacraments. His articles on a variety of liturgical topics have appeared in national and international journals and periodicals. He is an editor for a series of congregational case studies in the history of Christian worship, forthcoming from Eerdmans Press. He is also a editing contributor to Living Worship and Speaking of Worship, two multimedia teaching resources forthcoming from Brazos Press.

About the Speaker

witvlietDr. John D. Witvliet is director of the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship and professor of music and worship at Calvin College and Calvin Theological Seminary, respectively. He also teaches in the religion department at Calvin College. His responsibilities include oversight of the Institute's practical and scholarly programs, and teaching courses in worship, theology, and music.

His areas of interest include the history of Christian worship, worship practices in various denominations, biblical and systematic theology of worship, the role of music and the arts in worship, choral music, and consulting with churches on worship renewal.

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