Worship in Women's Hands

A documentary exploring the meaning of women's liturgies for faith communities now and into the future


The liturgies in the documentary were created by Teresa Berger and Lorna Collingridge. The DVD was produced by Carol Thomson and Teresa Berger.

Teresa Berger

Professor Berger teaches in the field of liturgical studies and in Catholic theology; she holds doctorates in both fields.  Her scholarly interests for many years lay at the intersection of these disciplines with gender theory. More recently, Professor Berger has turned her attention to liturgical practices in digital worlds.  Her book @ Worship was published by Routledge in the summer of 2017.  Other publications include Gender Differences and the Making of Liturgical History (2011); Fragments of Real Presence (2005); Dissident Daughters: Feminist Liturgies in Global Context (2001); 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 recent volume Liturgy’s Imagined Pasts (2016) as well as the collection of essays The Spirit in Worship–Worship in the Spirit (2009) and served as editor of the volume of essays titled Liturgy in Migration: From the Upper Room to Cyberspace (2012). An active Roman Catholic, Professor Berger regularly writes for the liturgy blog “Pray Tell.” Originally from Germany, she 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.

Lorna Collingridge

Lorna is a composer of liturgical music for worship in a primarily Christian context.  Her earliest compositions appear in the CD “Walking in the Wilderness” by Seeds of Wild Honey, the group she directed in Brisbane, Australia.  Some of her compositions appear in Teresa Berger’s “Fragments of Real Presence” (2005), in a chapter containing a liturgy for Hildegard of Bingen, who was the subject of Lorna’s PhD dissertation.  The dissertation is entitled “Music as Evocative Power: the intersection of music with images of the Divine in the songs of Hildegard of Bingen” (2004). In 2019 Lorna’s composition in honor of Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe was performed on Her feast day at St Thomas Moore Catholic church at Yale University. After serving an music teacher and music director at Immaculata Catholic School, Durham, North Carolina, Lorna is now teaching piano privately in Durham in her studio, Flourishing Muse LLC (www.flourishingmuse.net)

Carol Thomson

Carol is a multimedia developer and documentary producer. Carol has been creating multimedia works since 2000 when she began her documentary studies in Australia. Carol completed her Certificate in Documentary Studies at the Duke University Center for Documentary Studies in 2005. Thomson’s multimedia company, FireStream Media, LLC, is located in Durham, NC.


This project is made possible in part by the North Carolina Humanities Council, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Additional support provided by:
The Yale Institute of Sacred Music
The Duke University Divinity School Jameson Jones Fund

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