Ruth Duck on hymns and worship




Worship for the Whole People of God (Louisville: Westminster John Knox, forthcoming October 2013).

Finding Words for Worship: A Guide for Leaders. (Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 1995).

Gender and the Name of God: The Trinitarian Baptismal Formula (New York: The Pilgrim Press,  1992).


With Patricia Wilson-Kastner.  Praising God: The Trinity in Christian Worship.  (Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 1999).

Hymn text writer

Welcome God’s Tomorrow.  Chicago: G.I.A. Publications, 2005.

Circles of CareHymns and Songs.  (Cleveland: The Pilgrim Press, 1998).

Dancing in the Universe (Hymns and songs by Ruth Duck) (Chicago: G.I.A., 1993).

Ruth Duck (texts) with Ron Klusmeier (tunes and general editing).  Look to This Day: Songs of the Faith (Cascade, Wisconsin: WorshipArts, 1990).

My hymns appear in at least fourteen denominational hymnals, four of which include eight or more of my hymn texts.  A goodly number will appear in the new Presbyterian Church, U.S.A. hymnal, Glory to God.

Editor and writer of worship resources

Editor and contributor with Maren Tirabassi. Touch Holiness: Resources for Worship, Updated (New York: The Pilgrim Press, 2012). This is a new edition with much added and revised material.

Editor and contributor. Flames of the Spirit: Resources for Worship (New York: The Pilgrim     Press, 1985).

Editor and contributor. Bread for the Journey: Resources for Worship (New York: The Pilgrim Press, 1981).

Editor or co-editor of hymn resources

Editor and contributor; with Linda Clark, project director. Becoming One (Boston: Boston University School of Theology, 1986).

Editor with Michael Bausch, and contributor. Everflowing Streams: Songs for Worship (New York: Pilgrim Press, 1981).

Editorial committee and contributor. Because We Are One People and Sing a Womansong (Chicago: Ecumenical Women’s Center, 1974 and 1975).

Selected articles

Hymn interpretations for 1999 in The Hymn.  (Interpretations of my hymn texts “Wash, O God,  Your Sons and Daughters,” “Colorful Creator,” “O Spirit, Spring of Hidden Power,” and “O Loving Maker of the Earth.”

“What to Do about Lord” (monograph, Cleveland: United Church Board for Homeland Ministries, 1996).  This was sent to all United Church of Christ churches.

“Inclusive Language,” in Dictionary of Feminist Theologies, ed Letty M. Russell and Shannon Clarkson (Louisville: Westminster/John Knox, forthcoming 1996).


To order books by Ruth Duck:

 The Pilgrim Press titles:  Bread for the Journey: Resources for WorshipEverflowing Streams: Songs for Worship (with Michael Bausch); Flames of the Spirit: Resources for Worship); Touch Holiness (with Maren Tirabassi); Circles of Care: Hymns and Songs.

The Pilgrim Press

700 Prospect Avenue East

Cleveland, Ohio  44115-1100

Customer Service Department, Monday – Friday, 8:30 am-4:30 pm Eastern Standard Time

Order by phone:  Toll-free number 800-537-3394; fax, 216/736-2206

G.I.A. Publications

(Hymn collections, Dancing in the UniverseWelcome God’s Tomorrow)

GIA Publications, Inc.

7404 South Mason Avenue

Chicago, IL 60638

Order by phone: (800) 442-1358 or (708) 496-3800 during regular business hours (8:30 am – 5:00

p.m. CST, M-F).

Westminster John Knox Press  (Books about worship: Finding Words for WorshipPraising God: The Trinity in Christian Worship)

Presbyterian Publishing Corporation
100 Witherspoon Street Room 2047
Louisville, KY 40202-1396

Customer Service, 8 am-6 pm Eastern Standard Time

Email:   available 8 A.M.-6 P.M. (eastern standard time)

Order by phone: (800) 227-2872 (toll-free in the U.S. and Canada)
(502) 569-5052 (outside the U.S.)

Fax: (800) 541-5113 (toll-free in the U.S. and Canada)
(502) 569-8308 (outside the U.S.)


The Hymn Society Book Service

(Hymn collections, Dancing in the UniverseCircles of CareWelcome God’s Tomorrow)

Boston University School of Theology

745 Commonwealth Ave.

Boston, MA  02215-1401

Order by phone:  (800) THE-Hymn <> <

Gender and the Name of God is no longer in print.  I have a few copies.

Ruth Duck

2121 Sheridan Rd.

Evanston, IL 60201

The Ecumenical Women’s Centers is no longer in operation.


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