Witvliet, director of the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship and professor
of worship, theology, and congregational and ministry studies at Calvin College
and Calvin Theological Seminary, will give the annual Frederick Neumann
Memorial Lecture on November 18—
Princeton, NJ, November 6, 2013–Dr. John Witvliet, director of the Calvin Institute of
Christian Worship and professor of worship, theology, and congregational and
ministry studies at Calvin College and Calvin Theological Seminary, will give the
2013–2014 Frederick Neumann Memorial Lecture at Princeton Theological Seminary
on Monday, November 18 at 7:00 p.m. Titled “Non-Identification with the First
Person in Christian Liturgical Use of Biblical Psalms: The Pastoral and
Theological Art of Framing Liturgical Participation,” the lecture will take
place in the Daniel J. Theron Room in the Princeton Theological Seminary
Library. It is free and open to the public.
interests 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
He is the
author of The Biblical Psalms in
Christian Worship: A Brief Introduction and Guide to Resources (Wm. B.
Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2007), Worship
Seeking Understanding: Windows into Christian Practice (Baker Academic,
2003), coauthor of Proclaiming the
Christmas Gospel: Ancient Sermons and Hymns for Contemporary Christian
Inspiration (Baker, 2004), and coeditor of The Worship Sourcebook (Faith Alive Christian Resources, Baker
Books Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, 2004), Worship in Medieval and Early Modern Europe: Change and Continuity in
Religious Practice (University of Notre Dame Press, 2004), Psalms for All Seasons: A Complete Psalter
for Christian Worship (2011), and the children’s book At Your Baptism (Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2011).
He serves as
editor for three series: the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship Liturgical
Studies Series (Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company), Vital Worship, Healthy
Congregations (The Alban Institute), Church at Worship (Wm. B. Eerdmans
Publishing Company), as well as being coeditor with Pearl Shangkuan of the
Calvin Institute of Christian Worship Choral Music Series (GIA). He is also the
editor of A Child Shall Lead: Children in
Worship (Choristers Guild, 1999).
A graduate of
Calvin College, 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.
served as an adjunct professor of worship at Northern Baptist Seminary and
Ontario Theological Seminary; the past president of the board of directors for
The Choristers Guild; the music director of churches in Michigan and Indiana; research
associate at Notre Dame’s Center for Pastoral Liturgy; and guest lecturer at
worship conferences in several states and provinces.
1983 by Dr. Edith Neumann in memory of her husband, this annual lecture discusses
topics appropriate to the broad theological interests of Dr. Frederick Neumann
(1899–1967)—philosopher, biblical scholar, missionary, and pastor.
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