Teresa Berger


Thomas E. Golden Jr. Professor of Catholic Theology

CV | teresa.berger@yale.edu Phone:(203) 432-5322
Denomination: Roman Catholic
Articles:liturgy blog "Pray Tell"

Originally from Germany, Professor Berger came to Yale in 2007, after having taught theology at Duke Divinity School for many years.  Professor Berger holds doctorates both in liturgical studies and in constructive theology.  Her scholarly interests lie at the intersections of both disciplines with gender theory, specifically gender history.  Her most recent research project, titled Gender Differences and the Making of Liturgical History, will be published in the Ashgate series “Liturgy, Worship and Society” in 2011.  Previous publications include Dissident Daughters: Feminist Liturgies in Global Context (2001); Fragments of Real Presence: Liturgical Traditions in the Hands of Women (2005); and a video documentary Worship in Women’s Hands (2007).  Professor Berger has also written on the hymns of Charles Wesley and on the liturgical thought of the nineteenth-century Anglo-Catholic revival.  She co-edited, with Bryan Spinks, the volume The Spirit in Worship—Worship in the Spirit (2009).  An active Roman Catholic, Teresa Berger has produced (with MysticWaters Media) a CD-ROM, Ocean Psalms: Meditations, Stories, Prayers, Songs and Blessings from the Sea (2008); and she contributes to the liturgy blog Pray Tell.  Professor Berger has been a visiting professor at the Universities of Mainz, Münster, Berlin, and Uppsala.  In 2003, she received the distinguished Herbert Haag Prize for Freedom in the Church.

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L.Th. St. John’s College, Nottingham
M.Th. Johannes Gutenberg-Universität, Mainz;
Dr.Theol. Ruprecht Karl-Universität, Heidelberg
Dipl.Theol. Johannes Gutenberg-Universität, Mainz
Dr.Theol. and Habilitation Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität, Münster


  1. Gender Differences and the Making of Liturgical Tradition: Lifting a Veil on Liturgy's Past (Ashgate Liturgy, Worship and Society Series; Ashgate, 2011)
  2. The Spirit in Worship--Worship in the Spirit, co-ed. (Liturgical Press, 2009)
  3. The Poetics of the Sacred and the Politics of Scholarship, co-ed. Vol 1:2 (Spring 2006) of Worlds & Knowledges Otherwise [a web dossier published by the Center for Global Studies and the Humanities at Duke University]:  http://www.jhfc.duke.edu/wko/index.php
  4. Fragments of Real Presence: Liturgical Traditions in the Hands of Women (Crossroad Publishing Co., 2005)
  5. Dissident Daughters: Feminist Liturgies in Global Context, ed. (Westminster John Knox, 2001)
  6. “Sei gesegnet, meine Schwester.” Frauen feiern Liturgie: geschichtliche Rückfragen, praktische Impulse, theologische Vergewisserungen. Würzburg: Echter Verlag, 1999.
  7. Women’s Ways of Worship: Gender Analysis and Liturgical History (Liturgical Press, 1999)
  8. Theology in Hymns? A Study of the Relationship of Doxology and Theology according to A Collection of Hymns for the Use of the People Called Methodists (1780) (Abingdon, 1995)  A revised, updated, and translated edition of Theologie in Hymnen.
  9. “Liturgie und Frauenseele.” Die Liturgische Bewegung aus der Sicht der Frauenforschung. Praktische Theologie Heute 10. Stuttgart: Kohlhammer Verlag, 1993.
  10. Editor, with Erich Geldbach. Bis an die Enden der Erde. Ökumenische Erfahrungen mit der Bibel. Ökumene konkret 1. Zürich: Benziger/Neukirchen-Vluyn: Neukirchener Verlag, 1992.
  11. Editor, with Albert Gerhards. Liturgie und Frauenfrage. Ein Beitrag zur Frauenforschung aus liturgiewissenschaftlicher Sicht. Pietas Liturgica 7. St. Ottilien: EOS-Verlag, 1990.
  12. Theologie in Hymnen? Zum Verhältnis von Doxologie und Theologie am Beispiel der Collection of Hymns for the Use of the People Called Methodists (1780). Münsteraner Theologische Abhandlungen 6. Altenberge: Telos-Verlag, 1989.
  13. Liturgie—Spiegel der Kirche. Eine systematisch-theologische Analyse des liturgischen Gedankenguts im Traktarianismus. Forschungen zur Systematischen und Ökumenischen Theologie 52. Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 1986.
  14. Liturgie und Tanz. Anthropologische Aspekte, historische Daten, theologische Perspektiven. Pietas Liturgica Studia 1. St. Ottilien: EOS-Verlag, 1985.
  15. Editor. Tanzt vor dem Herrn, lobt seinen Namen. Einfache Beispiele für Gottesdienste und Feste im Kirchenjahr. Mainz: Matthias-Grünewald Verlag, 1985.


Foundations of Christian Worship
In the Face of Death: Worship, Music, Art
Gender and Liturgical History
Reel Presence: Liturgy & Film
Daily Prayer
Baptism and Eucharist
Catholic Liturgy


Greening, in all shades (including blue) and forms (such as a medieval herb garden, and work on a "wild yard");
The ocean, at all times;
Art Museums, especially those with extensive medieval, renaissance, and impressionist collections;
Reading, especially fabulous novels;
Peasant food, with champagne