Ruth C. Duck

Ruth C. Duck graduated from Boston University School of Theology in 1989 with the degree of Th.D. in theology and liturgy. Since then, she has been an active scholar, hymn writer, and composer. Her areas of expertise include feminist studies of liturgy, liturgy and culture, liturgical healing, and baptism. Beginning in the 1980s, her hymn texts and tunes have had an increasing presence in both Protestant and Roman Catholic hymnals. Duck is active in many leadership positions within the North American Academy of Liturgy, where she served on the academic committee from 2006-09 and as president in 2007. She is Professor of Worship at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois.


1981. Bread for the Journey: Resources for Worship. The Pilgrim Press.

1981. Everflowing Streams. Eds. Ruth C. Duck and Michael G. Bausch. New York: Pilgrim Press.

1988. The Trinitarian Baptismal Formula: Gender and the Name of God. Pilgrim Press.

1990. Ruth C. Duck and Maren C. Tirabassi. Touch Holiness: Recourses for Worship. Pilgrim Press/United Church Press.

1995. Finding Words for Worship. Westminster John Knox Press.

1996. What to do about Lord. United Church Board for Homeland Ministries.

1998. Ruth Duck. Circles of Care. Ed. Arthur D. Clyde. The Pilgrim Press.

1999. Ruth C. Duck and Patricia Wilson-Kastner. Praising God: The Trinity in Christian Worship. Westminster John Knox Press.

2009. Flames of the Spirit. Wipf and Stock Publishers.


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