Dordt College News

John Calvin’s 500th anniversary observed with two upcoming events

October 1, 2009


Two Calvin and Worship events celebrating the 500th anniversary of the birth of John Calvin will be held at Dordt College in Sioux Center November 6 and 7.

A Calvin, Worship, and the Arts Workshop will be Saturday, Nov. 7, from 8:30 a.m.-2:45 p.m. Special guest speakers will be Dr. Karin Maag, director of the Meeter Center at Calvin College, and Dr. Duane Kelderman, vice-president for administration at Calvin Theological Seminary and co-author of Authentic Worship in a Changing Culture.

Maag will speak on "Worship and Congregational Life in Calvin's Geneva," and Kelderman will address worship planning that is rooted in the Reformed faith and vibrant for 21st century culture. Seven sectionals will also be presented on topics including worship and music, visual arts, Scripture reading, the senses, and the sacraments. Presenters include Presenters include Leendert Van Beek, Jason Lief, Karen DeMol, April and Robert Hubbard, Herm Van Niejenhuis, Steven Koster, Deen Heetderks and Paul Ryan.

This workshop is sponsored jointly by the Dordt College Music Department and Andreas Center. Registration is $35/person, $30/person for groups of six or more, and $10 for high school and college students.

Additional details are available at or register by email or by phone at 712-722-6434.

A performance by the Boston Camerata will precede the workshop, on Friday November 6, at 7:30 p.m. "A Symphony of Psalms," includes Genevan psalms and psalm-based music from the Reformation era performed by eight singers who perform a cappella and with the accompaniment by eight instrumentalists on period strings, woodwinds, and keyboard. Dordt choirs will also participate in the program. Go to for more information.


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