About Maggie Oman Shannon
The Rev. Maggie Oman Shannon, M.A., is an ordained Unity minister, spiritual director, workshop and retreat facilitator, and author of seven books:
- Prayers for Healing: 365 Blessings, Poems, & Meditations from Around the World (Conari Press, 1997);
- The Way We Pray: Prayer Practices from Around the World (Conari Press, 2001);
- A String and a Prayer: How to Make and Use Prayer Beads (co-author; Red Wheel/Weiser, 2002);
- One God, Shared Hope: Twenty Threads Shared by Judaism, Christianity, and Islam (Red Wheel/Weiser, 2003);
- Prayers for Hope and Comfort: Reflections, Meditations, and Inspirations (Conari Press, 2008);
- Crafting Calm: Projects and Practices for Creativity and Contemplation (Viva Editions, 2013);
- Crafting Gratitude: Creating and Celebrating Our Blessings with Hands and Heart (Viva Editions, 2017).
The former editor of three national magazines, including The Saturday Evening Post, Maggie also served as Director of Marketing for the Institute of Noetic Sciences. Her writing has appeared in publications including Utne Reader and Beliefnet.com; and her work has been featured in publications ranging from the Miami Herald to Spirituality and Health magazine. She has taught workshops at venues including California Pacific Medical Center’s Institute for Health and Healing and Chautauqua Institution in Chautauqua, New York.
In addition to being a certified life coach, Maggie completed the three-year training program of the Spiritual Directors Institute at Mercy Center in Burlingame, California. A graduate of Smith College, Maggie also holds an M.A. degree in Culture and Spirituality from Holy Names University. She is an ordained interfaith minister who graduated from Manhattan’s One Spirit Interfaith Seminary in 2010. She was ordained as a Unity minister in 2014 and currently has the honor of serving as Senior Minister of Unity Spiritual Center of San Francisco. She lives in San Francisco with her husband and teenage daughter.