Rev. Dr. Stephanie Rutt
Clergy Fellow
Services Offered: Online Sacred Studies courses of all types (see Website for examples)
Conference Speaker/Presenter
Spiritual Mentoring
Services Provided To: The Tree of Life Interfaith Temple community in Milford, NH, and general public.
Groups Provided To: I minister to my local Tree of Life Interfaith Temple community and, through my books and blog, to an extended community.
Bio: Rev. Stephanie is the Founding Minister of the Tree of Life Interfaith Temple, a non-denominational church she founded in 2009. She is the director of the Tree of Life School for Sacred Living and creator of the Tree of Life Interfaith Seminary, a two-year program, focused on the integration of prayer, meditation and spiritual practices from the world’s major faith traditions. The twenty–six module core curriculum, The Path of Crow: Journey to Your Inner Treasure, invites seminarians on the ultimate treasure hunt to discover their divine purpose and to offer their unique gifts in service to the greater good. In addition, she created an optional third year, the Spiritual Mentoring Certificate Program, which trained seminarians, as well as health care professionals, in cultivating pastoral mentoring skills.

Rev. Stephanie earned the Doctor of Ministry degree in 2017 from Andover Newton Theological School (now Andover Newton Seminary at Yale) where she graduated with honors and was inducted into the Jonathan Edwards Society. Her dissertation, “The Call of the Mourning Dove: How Sacred Sound Awakens Mystical Unity,” was awarded the Frederick Buechner Prize for Excellence in Writing. She graduated from the New Seminary in New York City in 2005 and was ordained an interfaith minister. In the 1980s and 90s, Rev. Dr. Rutt worked as a mental health counselor and taught for many years on the college level in the behavioral sciences including eight years with the University of New Hampshire. During that time period, she also earned certifications in various yoga and meditation disciplines and in the late 90s opened the Tree of Life Yoga Studio which later became the Tree of Life School for Sacred Living.

Rev. Stephanie is the author of five books:
  • Lovers in the Wilderness: Awaken Mystical Unity and Create a Joyful Life with Mantra Prayer, Wipf and Stock Publishers, 2021. (updated and renamed edition of Doorway to the Sacred: Transform Your Life with Mantra Prayer first published by Tree of Life Publishing, 2014)
  • An Ordinary Life Transformed: Lessons for Everyone from the Bhagavad Gita, Wipf and Stock Publishers, 2021. (first published by Hobblebush Books, 2006)
  • The Call of the Mourning Dove: How Sacred Sound Awakens Mystical Unity, Wipf and Stock Publishers, 2019.
  • Living the Prayer of Jesus: A Study of the Lord’s Prayer in Aramaic, Wipf and Stock Publishers, 2019. (first published by Tree of Life Publishing, 2012)
  • The Interfaith Worship Manual: The Resource for Creating Interfaith Worship Services, Tree of Life Publishing, 2012.

Finally, in 2017, her essay, “The Shaykh and the Preacher,” was chosen for inclusion in the anthology, One Nation, Indivisible: Seeking Liberty and Justice from the Pulpit to the Streets, edited by Celene Ibrahim.

In addition to posting on her blog, “Become a Force for Good: Rev. Stephanie’s blog,” WordPress.com, and publishing Guest Commentaries in local newsprint, she has created numerous sacred studies programs for her community through the Tree of Life School for Sacred Living. Just a sampling of these includes: Rise Up! The Bhagavad Gita: Job Description for a Spiritual Warrior; Living Our Purpose: The Heart of Spiritual Practice; A Study of the Lord’s Prayer in Aramaic; A Study of the 23rd Psalm in Hebrew; The Sanskrit Mantra Course; Mantra Prayer: Doorway to the Sacred; The Interior Castle of Saint Teresa; and, the Lovers in the Wilderness series including studies of Walter Russell, the Blessed Mother Mary and Dr. George Washington Carver.

Rev. Stephanie has served her local interfaith council through visioning such programs as the “To Hear How Others Pray” series which invited lay people and faith leaders of different faiths to share personal experiences of prayer as a way of highlighting all peoples’ common humanity while respecting religious difference. In 2016 and 2017, she lead local faith communities in right action through the “Under One Sky Interfaith Peace Walk” which offered a visual demonstration of how people from across faith traditions could stand and walk together in unity and solidarity while, simultaneously, forging a common goal for peace.

Rev. Stephanie has served on the Board of Directors of World AWAKE! and presented at their 2016 and 2017 national conferences. She is also a member of Spiritual Directors International and The Sacred Dance Guild. Finally, in 2018 she appeared on the TEDx stage presenting, "Discovering Unity Within Diversity."

For additional information about Rev. Stephanie's work and to stay up to date with her classes, events, and publications, please visit her website at https://www.StephanieRutt.com.
Affiliations: Interfaith
Education: Received the Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) degree from Andover Newton Theological School in Newton Centre, MA., in 2017 where she graduated with honors and was inducted into the Johnathan Edwards Society. Her dissertation, "The Call of the Mourning Dove: How Sacred Sound Awakens Mystical Unity", was awarded the Frederick Buechner Prize for Excellence in Writing. Ordained an Interfaith Minister in 2005 by the New Seminary in New York City.
Certifications: TEDx Presenter 2018
See Education: Studied with numerous faith communities over the years.
Authored 5 books
Memberships: World AWAKE
Interfaith Alliance, NAIN: North American Interfaith Network
Spiritual Directors International
Sacred Dance Guild
World AWAKE Involvement: Board member: 2017 - 2019
Presented at the 2016 and 2017 National Conferences
Offered the online Lord's Prayer in Aramaic course
Business Location:
Tree of Life Interfaith Temple
263 Union Square, Suite 5
Milford, New Hampshire 03055, United States
Business Phone: (603) 732-8345
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