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Ruth Duck, Northcutt Lecturer 2014-2015
Ruth Duck is professor of worship at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, where she has been on the faculty since 1989. She was president of the North American Academy of Liturgy, an organization of liturgical scholars, in 2007. Duck has written books and articles about Christian worship, including Gender and the Name of God: The Trinitarian Baptismal Formula (New York: The Pilgrim Press, 1991) and Finding Words for Worship, (Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 1995). With Patricia Wilson-Kastner, she authored Praising God: The Trinity in Christian Worship (Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 1999). Her latest major book, Worship for the Whole People of God: Vital Worship for the 21st Century (Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2013) serves seminary worship classes as well as pastors and church leaders who seek to enrich their congregations’ worship.
Hymn texts by Ruth Duck are included in hymnals of many denominations in several countries; the 1995 United Church of Canada hymnal includes twelve. Dancing in the Universe, a book of her hymn texts (with tunes by various composers), was published in 1992 by G.I.A. The Pilgrim Press published Circles of Care, a second collection of her hymn texts, in 1998. G.I.A. published another volume of her texts, Welcome God’s Tomorrow, in 2005.
Duck, who is an ordained pastor in the United Church of Christ, received the doctor of theology degree in worship and theology from Boston University School of Theology in 1989. She has edited or co-edited two hymn collections and three books of worship resources, including Touch Holiness (with Maren Tirabassi, 1990; expanded and revised edition 2012). She served on the committee for the Chalice Hymnal of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Originally from Washington, D.C., she currently resides in Wilmette, Illinois.