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Rev. Maggie Oman Shannon, M.A., is an interfaith minister, spiritual director, workshop and retreat facilitator, and author of six books: Prayers for Healing (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 (Red Wheel/Weiser, 2003); Prayers for Hope and Comfort (Conari Press, 2008); and her latest, Crafting Calm: Projects and Practices for Creativity and Contemplation (Viva Editions, 2013). In 2000, Oman Shannon founded The New Story, a coaching and consulting business focused on helping people create deeper meaning in their lives.

The former editor of three national magazines, including The Saturday Evening Post, Oman Shannon also served as Director of Marketing for the Institute of Noetic Sciences. Her writing has appeared in publications including Utne Reader and; 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, Oman Shannon completed the three-year training program of the Spiritual Directors Institute at Mercy Center in Burlingame, California. A graduate of Smith College, Oman Shannon 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.

Oman Shannon currently has the honor of serving as Spiritual Director of Unity Spiritual Center of San Francisco. She lives in San Francisco with her husband and 10-year-old daughter.

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Today’s Brilliance from Maggie Oman Shannon

"Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things..." ~ Philippians 4:8 Spiritual beauty always surrounds us, surrounds me right now: the fragrant, creamy-white petals of gardenias floating in a cobalt-blue bowl; the soft, fuzzy-peach flesh of my black kitten as she lies purring from a tummy rub; the magnificent burnt-orange spires of the Golden Gate Bridge arising from the choppy teal waves of San Francisco Bay; the iridescent filaments of a spiderweb adorned with dew. The poet Mary…

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