The 2015 Northcutt Lecture

March 23, 2015
The 29th-annual Northcutt Lecture will present a talk by hymn text writer Ruth Duck on Tuesday, March 31, beginning at 4:00 p.m. in the McLean Foyer of Meditation of Armstrong Browning Library. Dr. Duck is Professor of Worship at Northwestern University’s Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, where she has been a member of the faculty since 1989. An ordained pastor in the United Church of Christ, she has served churches in Wisconsin and Massachusetts. She holds the Doctor of Theology degree in worship and theology from Boston University School of Theology.
Hymnals in several countries and many denominations include texts by Ruth Duck. The New Century Hymnal of the United Church of Christ (1995), Voices United of the United Church of Canada (1996), and Glory to God, the hymnal of the Presbyterian Church U.S.A. (2013) each include ten or more of her texts. She also has published three single-author collections of her texts, Dancing in the Universe, (1992), Circles of Care (1998), and Welcome God’s Tomorrow (2005).
Her many books and articles about Christian worship include Gender and the Name of God: The Trinitarian Baptismal Formula (1991), Finding Words for Worship (1995), and (with Patricia Wilson-Kastner) Praising God: The Trinity in Christian Worship (1999). She has edited or co-edited three books of worship resources, including (with Maren Tirabassi) Touch Holiness (1990; revised 2012). Her most recent publication, Worship for the Whole People of God: Vital Worship for the 21st Century (2013), is designed to serve seminary worship classes, pastors, and church leaders who seek to enrich their congregations’ worship.
Ruth Duck’s topic at Baylor University will be “Sing Praise, Sing Lament, Sing Joy: The Psalms As Congregational Song.”
The Northcutt Lecture, which brings nationally and internationally known scholars in church music to Baylor, is free of charge and open to the public. For more information, call the Baylor University School of Music at 254-710-3991.
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