Gail Ramshaw is a scholar of liturgical language. A graduate of Valparaiso University (BA), Sarah Lawrence College (MA), the University of Wisconsin—Madison (PhD) and Union Theological Seminary (MDiv), she lives outside of Washington, D.C. A past president of the North American Academy of Liturgy, a recipient of the NAAL Berakah award, and a member of Societas Liturgica, she is a Professor Emerita of Religion at La Salle University.
Ramshaw’s publications on the meaning of liturgical language include A Three-Year Banquet: The Lectionary for the Assembly (Augsburg Fortress 2004); The Three-Day Feast: Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter (Augsburg Fortress 2004); Treasures Old and New: Images in the Lectionary (Fortress 2002); Reviving Sacred Speech (OSL Publications 1999); God beyond Gender (Fortress 1995); and Liturgical Language: Keeping It Metaphoric, Making It Inclusive (Liturgical Press 1996). Her works on liturgical spirituality include A Metaphorical God (LTP 1995) and the Words series: Words Around the Fire, Words Around the Table, Words Around the Font and Words That Sing (LTP 1990, 1991, 1992, 1995). She has published two textbooks, What Is Christianity? An Introduction to the Christian Religion (Fortress, 2013) and Christian Worship: 100,000 Sundays of Symbols and Rituals (Fortress, 2009). Her set of personal essays is entitled Under the Tree of Life: The Religion of a Feminist Christian (OSL 2003, 1998). Her children’s books include 1-2-3 Church, Everyday and Sunday Too, and Sunday Morning.
Ramshaw has prepared numerous liturgical helps, including More Days for Praise, Praying for the Whole World, Richer Fare for the Christian People, Between Sundays, and half of Keeping Time, volume three of Using Evangelical Lutheran Worship. She provided the Lectionary Notes for Augsburg Fortress’s on-line Sundays & Seasons. She collaborated with Paivi Jussila on Koinonia, a worship resource published by the Lutheran World Federation, and with Gordon Lathrop on inclusive language revisions of the Sunday lectionary texts, in Psalter for the Christian People and in Readings for the Assembly, Years A, B, C. Her prayers have been included in denominational worship resources published in the United States, Canada, Sweden and New Zealand, and she has lectured on liturgical language in the United States, Canada, the Scandinavian countries and the Far East.