Ruth Duck on hymns and worship


Biographical Information: Ruth C. Duck, September 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.  She 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 (Westminster John Knox Press, 1995).   With Patricia Wilson-Kastner she authored Praising God: The Trinity in Christian Worship (Westminster John Knox Press, 1999).  In 2013 her book, Worship for the Whole People of God: Vital Worship for the 21st Century, was published by Westminster John Knox Press.  It is being used by seminary worship classes in varied contexts and denominations, as well as by pastors and church leaders who seek to enrich their congregations’ worship.

See the tab entitled “New Songs by Ruth Duck” for information about her 2015 hymn collection.  Her previous collections of texts (and occasionally tunes) include  Dancing in the Universe, a published in 1992 by G.I.A., Circles of Care, published by The Pilgrim Press in 1999, and  Welcome God’s Tomorrow, published by G.I.A. in 2005.  Hymnals in several countries and many denominations feature her texts.

Duck, 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 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). She was born in Washington, D.C. and currently lives in Wilmette, Illinois, with her partner Ovaldo Buntin, a retired teacher in the Chicago Public Schools.  They enjoy watching birds as they migrate by Lake Michigan.


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