Garrett-Evangelical News

Seminary offers new course for writers and composers of congregational song

EVANSTON, IL, April 2009 -- Garrett-Evangelical is offering a new course in hymn writing and composing this summer with on-campus and online components.

ruth-duckDr. Ruth Duck, professor of worship and a well-known writer of hymn texts, will be the lead instructor. Students will practice writing hymn texts or composing music while also studying past and contemporary masters of this ancient art form that lifts the souls of millions across the world each day.

Students will be on the seminary campus for an intensive week of work from July 6-10. In addition, they will complete online work before and after the classroom work in Evanston. The course may be taken for master's or doctoral level academic credit and for continuing education units. Students may also audit the course.

Those taking the course for credit have the option of fulfilling one assignment by attending a Hymn Society in the United States and Canada conference the following week, July 12-16, at St. Olaf's College in Northfield, Minn.

Duck's hymns appear in at least 14 denominational hymnals, four of which include eight or more of her hymns. Her most recent book of hymn texts is "Welcome God's Tomorrow,"  G.I.A. Publications, Chicago, 2005. She is also author of "Circles of Care: Hymns and Songs," The Pilgrim Press, Cleveland, 1998; and "Dancing in the Universe," G.I.A., Chicago, 1993. Before joining the Garrett-Evangelical faculty in 1989, she served as pastor at United Church of Christ parishes in Illinois, Wisconsin and Massachusetts. She earned her doctorate in theology at Boston University.

Garrett-Evangelical is a graduate school of theology of The United Methodist Church founded in 1853. Located on the campus of Northwestern University, the seminary serves more than 500 students from many denominations and various cultural backgrounds, fostering an atmosphere of ecumenical interaction. Garrett-Evangelical creates bold leaders through master of divinity, master of arts, master of theological studies, doctor of philosophy and doctor of ministry degrees. Its 4,500 living alumni serve church and society around the world.

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