Invite Nancy to speak to your group or organization about her writing or schedule a spiritual retreat or labyrinth walk with her.
Nancy enjoys speaking to community groups and organizations, has led many spiritual sessions for churches and conducted labyrinth walks in churches, organization and in the community.
Nancy’s background includes a masters degree in education, a bachelors degree in religion and special training in Leading Contemplative Small Groups and Retreats with Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation, Labyrinth Facilitator Training with veriditas.org and public speaking in Toastmasters for over 15 years.
Past Speaking Engagements
First Baptist Church Springfield, Ohio (sermon) March 2021, Springfield Kiwanis Club, March, 2020. Oakwood Village (Lunch Gathering), First Lutheran Church (Sunday School), First Baptist Dayton (Sunday School), American Association of University Women, Altrusa Club Springfield, Clark County Public Library, New Carlisle Public Library
Labyrinth Walks and Retreats
Some of the places Nancy has led labyrinth experiences include: First Baptist Church Springfield, First Baptist Church Dayton, Spiritual Deepening Program with shalem.org, Springfield Peace Camp, Springfield Regional Cancer Center, Garden Jubilee (Snyder Park Springfield), Clark County Juvenile Detention Facility, and Marysville Women’s Reformatory.
Past Spiritual Workshops and Retreats
Spring Equinox Gathering with First Baptist Women, (May, 2021), Spiritual Gathering for the winter solstice for Sustainable Options for Springfield, (December 2020), Contemplative sessions for First Baptist Springfield Women’s annual retreats (2012-present), “Lectio Divina with Scripture,” online presentation for American Baptist women national online event (March, 2021), “Spiritual practices during the Pandemic,” online retreat with First Baptist Women Springfield, “Lectio Divina with Scripture and the Earth.” Seminars for religious education at Lakeside, Ohio Chautauqua, (August, 2020), “Contemplative Practices” Adult Sunday School Class for First Lutheran Church Springfield, “Listening to the Earth” Adult Forum four-part series at First Baptist Church on Christian ecological concerns with her husband, Steve Schlather, graduate of Yale Divinity School, “Contemplative Practices with the Earth,” five-part series at Holden Village, Lake Chelan, Washington, “Contemplative Practices in Community,” with Springfield Promise Neighborhood. Six-part series, “Contemplative Practices” weekend retreat with Trinity Lutheran Church, Vermilion, Ohio, “Contemplative Practices” morning retreat with Prairie City, Church of the Brethren, Prairie City, Iowa.
Read Reviews by My Readers
“In Revelation of the Roots, Nancy Flinchbaugh combines an incredibly diverse cast of characters, stirs them up, has them dig down to their very roots, and then has the roots actually rise up and speak to each other. It’s a coming together of beliefs, of passions, of people from all walks of life. Their joy in their discoveries and in each other leave the reader filled with a great sense of hope.”
“There’s power in the story, there is.” And the stories in this excellent novel help people better understand each other. The Magnificent and Marvelous Book Club (the MAMs) are back. This time their adventure takes them on a spiritual quest to Ireland, as they shepherd a group of men and women in recovery from drugs and alcohol on a trip to discover their roots. As they tour parts of Ireland, some of the travelers are helped on their mystical journey by visits from a leprechaun, St. Brigid, and an African American Sea Island matriarch, Grand Ma-Ma. Some characters fall in love, and all the travelers find that an exploration of their ancestral past helps them to focus on improving their future. People, struggling to find a way forward for themselves, found life-changing experiences in better understanding themselves and others. I found myself finishing the book in just a few days, and the characters and their stories stayed with me long after I quit reading. The strong characters were compelling as they engaged with each other and worked their way through discussions and disagreements in a (mostly) loving way. None of them were perfect, but they found their way forward with the love and support of others. This book is a deeply satisfying read. At a time when our country is ever more divided, this book seeks to help us find ways to reconcile and come together. It is an exploration of the healing power of spirituality and faith.
First Baptist Church Springfield
Ohio Worship Service June 6, 2021