What is the Right Kind of Worship Music, If...

A worship music symposium hosted by Duke Divinity School


Friday, March 24, 2017 - Saturday, March 25, 2017


Goodson Chapel, Duke Divinity School
Durham, North Carolina


New Creation Arts, a student organization at Duke Divinity School, presents a Worship Music Symposium: "What is the Right Kind of Worship Music, If ... ?"

… you want to engage the riches and beauty of a soundly orthodox Christianity? 
… you want to do contemporary worship using the ancient, four-fold order of worship? 
… your congregation disagrees about the role of contemporary music in worship? 
… you want North American Congregations to sing global songs? 
… you want vigorous indigenous music (and arts)? 
… you desire to fulfill the Nairobi statement on worship and culture? 

Presenters will include:

  • Jeremy Begbie, Thomas A. Langford Research Professor of Theology, Duke Divinity School;
  • Lester Ruth, research professor of Christian worship, Duke Divinity School;
  • Monique Ingalls, assistant professor of church music, Baylor University;
  • Swee Hong Lim, director of Master of Sacred Music Program and Deer Park Assistant Professor of Sacred Music, Emmanuel College, University of Toronto;
  • Neil Coulter, professor of world arts at the Graduate Institute of Applied Linguistics, Dallas, Texas; and
  • John D. Witvliet, director of the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship and professor of worship, theology, & congregational and ministry studies at Calvin College and Calvin Theological Seminary.

The symposium is a collaboration between New Creation Arts and the Duke Initiatives in Theology and the Arts, North Carolina Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church, Thriving Rural Communities Initiative, Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, International Council of Ethnodoxologists, and the Center for World Arts at the Graduate Institute for Applied Linguistics.

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