Prof. Karen Westerfield Tucker Presented with Berakah Award by North American Academy of Liturgy

Updated on January 9, 2023: 

In early January, Professor of Worship Karen Westerfield Tucker officially received the Berakah Award in Toronto, Canada, presented by the North American Academy of Liturgy. Many STH alums and current students were in attendance, as pictured above, left to right:

  • Rev. Kristian Kohler, PhD student
  • Dr. Stephanie Budwey, ThD’12; Luce Dean’s Faculty Fellow Assistant Professor of the History and Practice of Christian Worship and the Arts, Vanderbilt University
  • Dr. Heather Josselyn-Cranson, ThD’05; Associate Professor of Music and Humanities, Regis College
  • Rev. Dr. Sarah Mount Elewononi, PhD’14; Adjunct Instructor, Wesley Theological Seminary
  • Rev. Dr. Matthew Sigler, PhD’14; Associate Professor of Worship and Historical Theology, Seattle Pacific University
  • Rev. Dr. Karen Westerfield Tucker
  • Rev. Dr. David Bjorlin, PhD’18; Assistant Professor of Worship, North Park University
  • Rev. Dr. Nelson Cowan, PhD’19; Director of the Center for Worship and the Arts, Samford University
  • Mr. Sze-Long Aaron Wong, current PhD student
  • The Rev. Dr. Jonghyun Kim, STM’14

Original post from May 9, 2022:

Professor of Worship Karen Westerfield Tucker

The North American Academy of Liturgy (NAAL) announced in its latest newsletter that Boston University School of Theology Professor of Worship Karen Westerfield Tucker is the 2023 recipient of the prestigious Berakah Award. The NAAL plans to present the award to Prof. Westerfield Tucker in person at its annual meeting in January 2023 in Toronto, Ontario.

The Berakah Award is bestowed to members of the NAAL, and is given to liturgical scholars and practitioners in recognition of distinguished contribution to the profession. Recommendations for the award are made by members of the Academy, and the award has been presented every year since 1976. Prof. Westerfield Tucker is only the ninth woman and the fifth United Methodist to receive this award.

Prof. Westerfield Tucker has been teaching at the Boston University School of Theology since 2004. She is a United Methodist elder affiliated with the Illinois Great Rivers Conference, and is a past president of the ecumenical and international Societas Liturgica. For nine years, she was the editor-in-chief of the society’s journal Studia Liturgica