St. Columba's Episcopal Church


The Rev. Margaret Guenther

Associate Rector


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202-363-4119, ext. 215

Margaret was an active layperson at St. Columba’s in the 1960s and 1970s, when she moved to New York to pursue ordination to the priesthood. In 1998, she returned to serve as associate rector here. Margaret is Professor Emerita of Ascetical Theology at the General Theological Seminary, where she served for many years as director of the Center for Christian Spirituality.


A noted retreat leader and lecturer, she is also an author. Her books include Holy Listening: The Art of Spiritual Direction, Toward Holy Ground: Spiritual Directions for the Second Half of Life, My Soul in Silence Waits: Meditations on Psalm 62; The Practice of Prayer, Just Passing Through: Notes from a Sojourner; and At Home in World: A Rule of Life for the Rest of Us. Soon to appear is Walking Home: From Eden to Emmaus.


Margaret holds the B.A. and M.A. from the University of Kansas, a Ph.D. from Radcliffe College (Harvard) and an M.Div. from the General Theological Seminary. She is married to Jack Guenther and has three grown children and five grandchildren.

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