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THE REV. NANCY ROTH
The Rev. Nancy Roth is an Episcopal priest, retreat leader, author, dancer, and musician. Her work as a resource person in the area of spirituality draws on her many interests: the integration of body and spirit, the contemplative tradition of prayer, the arts, and the relationship of Christian faith and ethics to environmental issues.
While living in New York, she was Christian Education Consultant at Trinity Church, Wall Street, where she taught a variety of classes on spirituality. She also taught meditation classes at Manhattan Plaza, an apartment complex for performing artists, and served as Program Coordinator and Elderhostel Director at Holy Cross Monastery, West Park, NY.
The Roths now live in Oberlin, Ohio, where she undertakes her writing projects as an Affiliate Scholar at Oberlin College and serves as Assisting Priest at Christ Episcopal Church, Oberlin (www.ChristChurchOberlin.org). She travels widely as a retreat conductor and workshop leader. She is an associate of the Contemplative Project, sponsored by the Foundation for the Meditative Process. She has served as Chaplain for the Spouses of the Bishops of the Episcopal Church.
Her training has included studying piano at the Juilliard School of Music Pre-College Division, receiving a B.A. with a major in music from Oberlin College, and life-long training in ballet and other forms of dance and exercise. For many years, she taught creative movement and music to young children. In 1977, her interest in spirituality led her to enroll in the General Theological Seminary in New York City. She received an M. Div. cum laude in 1981 and was ordained to the Episcopal priesthood in December of that year.
She is the author of many books and articles. She and her husband Robert, a church musician, collaborated in editing We Sing of God: a Hymnal for Children, published by Church Publishing. Church Publishing has also published her books on the integration of the body and prayer -- An Invitation to Christian Yoga, and Spiritual Exercises: Joining Body and Spirit in Prayer -- as well as the classic The Breath of God ; Praying: a Book for Children; and Tween Prayer. Her books of meditations on hymn texts include A Closer Walk; Awake, my Soul; New Every Morning; and Praise My Soul. The Church Publishing book Organic Prayer: a Spiritual Gardening Companion paved the way for her newest book about spirituality and the natural world: Grounded in Love: Ecology, Faith, and Action.
The Roths have two grown children: Christopher, editor of Communities Magazine, an organic gardener, environmentalist and writer, and Michael, a professional violinist, who, with his wife Sarah, a cellist, has provided the Roths with two grandchildren, Gabriel and Anna.
In October, 2010, she was awarded an honorary doctorate by the General Theological Seminary in celebration of her ministry to the Episcopal Church.
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