Teresa Berger

Berger

Professor of Liturgical Studies and Thomas E. Golden Jr. Professor of Catholic Theology

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

Professor Berger holds doctorates in both liturgical studies and constructive theology. Her scholarly interests lie at the intersection of these disciplines with gender theory, specifically gender history. Her book, Gender Differences and the Making of Liturgical History, was published in the Ashgate series Liturgy, Worship and Society in 2011. Most recently, Professor Berger has published on liturgical practices in cyberspace. 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 coedited, with Bryan Spinks, the volume The Spirit in Worship—Worship in the Spirit (2009) and served as editor of the volume of essays from the 2011 ISM Liturgy Conference, titled Liturgy in Migration: From the Upper Room to Cyberspace (2012). An active Roman Catholic, Professor 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. Originally from Germany, 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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Education

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


Books

  1. Editor. Tanzt vor dem Herrn, lobt seinen Namen. Einfache Beispiele für Gottesdienste und Feste im Kirchenjahr. Mainz: Matthias-Grünewald Verlag, 1985. 
  2. Liturgie und Tanz. Anthropologische Aspekte, historische Daten, theologische Perspektiven. Pietas Liturgica Studia 1. St. Ottilien: EOS-Verlag, 1985.
  3. Liturgie—Spiegel der Kirche. Eine systematisch-theologische Analyse des liturgischen Gedankenguts im Traktarianismus. Forschungen zur Systematischen und Ökumenischen Theologie 52. Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 1986.
  4. 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.
  5. Editor, with Albert Gerhards. Liturgie und Frauenfrage. Ein Beitrag zur Frauenforschung aus liturgiewissenschaftlicher Sicht. Pietas Liturgica 7. St. Ottilien: EOS-Verlag, 1990.
  6. 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.
  7. “Liturgie und Frauenseele.” Die Liturgische Bewegung aus der Sicht der Frauenforschung. Praktische Theologie Heute 10. Stuttgart: Kohlhammer Verlag, 1993.
  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). Nashville: Abingdon, 1995. Revised and updated English translation of Theologie in Hymnen.
  9. Women’s Ways of Worship: Gender Analysis and Liturgical History. Collegeville, Minn.: Liturgical Press, 1999.
  10. “Sei gesegnet, meine Schwester.” Frauen feiern Liturgie: geschichtliche Rückfragen, praktische Impulse, theologische Vergewisserungen. Würzburg: Echter Verlag, 1999.
  11. Editor. Dissident Daughters: Feminist Liturgies in Global Context. Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 2001.
  12. Fragments of Real Presence: Liturgical Traditions in the Hands of Women.  New York: Crossroad Publishing Co., 2005. 
  13. Editor, with Bryan D. Spinks. The Spirit in Worship--Worship in the Spirit.  Collegeville, Minn.: Liturgical Press, 2009.
  14. Jyoseitachi ga tsukutta Kirisutokyou no dentou. Expanded Japanese translation of Fragments of Real Presence. Translated and annotated by Kazuyo HiRose. Tokyo: Akashi Shoten Co., 2011.
  15. Gender Differences and the Making of Liturgical Tradition: Lifting a Veil on Liturgy’s Past. Ashgate Liturgy, Worship and Society Series. Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2011.
  16. Editor. Liturgy in Migration: From the Upper Room to Cyberspace.  Collegeville, Minn.: Liturgical Press, 2012.

Courses

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
Liturgical Theology


Interests

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


Further Information

"@ Worship: Exploring Liturgical Practices in Cyberspace"

"Gender in Christian Worship"