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2011 Seminars

The Enlightenment and the Life of the Church:
Worship in the Age of Reason

July 11 - July 29, 2011

Directed by Dr. Bryan D. Spinks and Co-Directed by Glen J. Segger, Yale University

Guest Speakers

Robin Leaver was Professor of sacred music at Westminster Choir College of Rider University (1984-2008), and continues as a Visiting Professor at Yale University and at the Juilliard School, New York City. On July 1, 2008 he was appointed Honorary Professor at Queen’s for the next five years. Professor Leaver holds a Th.D. from Trinity College, Bristol, England and a D.theol. cum laude Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, the Netherlands. Professor Leaver studied with A. Casper Honders, was recipient of the Winston Churchill Fellowship (1971); honorary member of the Riemenschneider Bach Institute (1973); first recipient of the Dominick A. Iorio Faculty Research Prize, Rider University (1997); Honorary Fellow of the Academy of St Celilia, London (2001); Fellow of the Royal School of Church Music (2008).

He was President of the American Bach Society, President of the Internationale Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Hymnologie, and is a Member of the Scholarly Advisory Committee for the Kessler Reformation Collection, Pitts Theology Library, Emory University. He is author of many articles and more than 25 books, including Bachs theologische Bibliothek (1983), J.S. Bach and Scripture (1985), The Theological Character of Music in Worship (1989), "Goostly psalmes and spirituall songes": English and Dutch Metrical Psalters from Coverdale to Utenhove 1535-1566 (1991), Liturgy and Music: Lifetime Learning (with Joyce Ann Zimmerman) (1998), Luther’s Liturgical Music: Principles and Implications (2007); contributor to many reference and other books.

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.

A graduate of Calvin College, Dr. Witvliet holds graduate degrees in theology from Calvin Theological Seminary, in music from the University of Illinois, and the Ph.D. in liturgical studies and theology from the University of Notre Dame. He is the author of The Biblical Psalms in Christian Worship: A Brief Introduction and Guide to Resources (Eerdmans, 2007), Worship Seeking Understanding: Windows into Christian Practice (Baker Academic, 2003), co-author of Proclaiming the Christmas Gospel: Ancient Sermons and Hymns for Contemporary Christian Inspiration (Baker, 2004), and co-editor of The Worship Sourcebook (Faith Alive Christian Resources, Baker Books, Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, 2004) and Worship in Medieval and Early Modern Europe: Change and Continuity in Religious Practice (University of Notre Dame Press, 2004).
Dr. Witvliet serves as editor for two series of books–the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship Liturgical Studies Series (Eerdmans) and Vital Worship, Healthy Congregations (Alban Institute)–as well as co-editor, with Pearl Shangkuan, of the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship Music Series (GIA). He is also the editor of A Child Shall Lead: Children in Worship (Choristers Guild, 1999).

William Gibson is Professor of Ecclesiastical History in the Westminster Institute of Education and Director of the Oxford Centre for Methodism and Church History at Oxford Brookes University. Professor Gibson holds a BA, MA, PhD, DLitt, FRHistS, FRSA, and PGCE. His academic and research interests include Religious History of early modern and modern Britain (broadly 1600-1900), Historical theology, History of Universities, Welsh history, and Church and State, the Church and politics.

Professor Gibson was a Visiting Research Fellow at Baylor University from 2009-2010, where he worked on sermon studies and culture from 1688-1901. He is Reviews Editor for the journal of the British Records Association and Co-Editor of Wesley and Methodist Studies. Professor Gibson is currently working on Oxford Handbook on the British Sermon 1689-1901 (Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2012) and Ashgate Companion to World Methodism, (Ashgate Publishing, forthcoming 2012). He is author of A Social History of the Domestic Chaplain, 1530-1840, (Leicester University Press/Cassell, 1996), Religion and Society in England and Wales, 1689-1800, (Leicester UP/Cassell, 1998), The Church of England 1688-1832: Unity and Accord, (Routledge, 2001), The Enlightenment Bishop: Benjamin Hoadly 1676-1761, (James Clarke & Co, 2004) and Religion and the Enlightenment 1600-1800: Conflict and the Rise of Civic Humanism in Taunton, (Peter Lang, 2007).

David Allan is Reader in the School of History at the University of St. Andrews.  Dr. Allan holds an MA (Edin.), PhD (Cantab.), and FRHistS – Reader.  His teaching and research interests span Scottish, British, and European history from the sixteenth to the twentieth centuries, with particular interest in cultural and intellectual history, historiography, the history of ideas and political thought. He is also Associate Director for the Institute of Scottish Historical Research at St. Andrews. 

Dr. Allan is author of several books including Commonplace Books and Reading in Georgian England (2010), Making British Culture: English Readers and the Scottish Enlightenment 1740-1830 (2008), “A Nation of Readers”: the Lending Library in Georgian England (2007), Scotland in the Eighteenth Century: Union and Enlightenment (2001), and Virtue, Learning and Scottish Enlightenment: Ideas of Scholarship in Early Modern History (1993).

Martyn Percy is Principal of Ripon College Cuddesdon and the Oxford Ministry Course. He is also Professor of Theological Education at King’s College London, and Professorial Research Fellow at Heythrop College London. An Honorary Canon of Salisbury Cathedral, he has served as curate at St. Andrew’s, Bedford, and Chaplain and Director of Studies at Christ’s College, Cambridge before being appointed as Director of the Lincoln Theological Institute 1997. He was a Canon of Sheffield from 1997-2004, and Canon Theologian of Sheffield from 2004-10. He moved to Oxford in 2004 to take up his current position at Cuddesdon.

Martyn has served as a Director and Council member of the Advertising Standards Authority, and as a Commissioner of the Direct Marketing Authority.  He is currently a member of the BBC Standing Committee on Religion and Beliefs, as well as an Advisor to the British Board of Film Classification. Since 2003 he has co-ordinated the Society for the Study of Anglicanism at the American Academy of Religion. Prior to ordination, Martyn worked in publishing. He is also the Patron of St. Francis’ Children’s Society – an Adoption and Fostering Agency. He writes on Christianity and contemporary culture, modern ecclesiology and practical theology. His recent books include Clergy: The Origin of Species (2006), Engaging Contemporary Culture: Christianity and the Concrete Church (2005) and Shaping the Church: The Promise of Implicit Theology (2010).