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Amy Firth

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What was it that first called you to train as a OneSpirit interfaith minister? Born in Edinburgh but emigrating to Sydney in 1955, my maternal grandmother forged an incredible path to become one of the first women ordained in Australia’s Uniting Church. A Christian feminist guided by the ‘Divine Mystery’ she lived an incredible life of service which planted seeds of wonder and curiosity in me throughout my life. She passed suddenly in November 2013 and standing at her bedside in those final moments a profound insight was gifted to me – ‘a passing of the torch’ as it were. I returned to London to encounter endless serendipitous signs and divinely placed prompts – all pointing towards OneSpirit Interfaith Foundation. I started my training that very year.

In which year were you ordained?   2016.

What is your minister’s vow, and your relationship to it?

My vow is a personal reminder inviting me to connect & surrender. It contains reverence for the divine mystery and affirms the knowing deep in my bones that love works. It’s influenced by Buddhist dharma teachings and reminds me to stay grounded, turn towards and see through. It also rejoices in the Beauty found in both light and shadow and reminds me to embody this life with love.

What was the most important thing that changed in your life as a result of the training?

For me, the training was both exquisite and excruciating. Deep transformation took place on all levels across those two years and no part of my life remained unchanged as a result. I continue to learn that the path of Truth is an endless cycle of birthing and dying. So much was brought alive in me through this training – and – there was a lot of loss as well. Traveling to the very edges of yourself whilst sandblasting your fixed views & opinions in search of Truth is never gunna be an easy ride – luckily I had a tribe of mighty hearted folk to walk alongside me.

How does your ministry or your life’s purpose manifest in the world now?

My newest adventure in Ministry sees me join the staff of OneSpirit as Marketing Coordinator. A joyful combination of my passion and professional experience means I get the privilege of waxing lyrical with love about who we are and what we offer. I’m also on the holding team for our public interfaith ceremonies, OneLight Gathering, hosted monthly in London. Other aspects of my ministry include creative ventures with music, sacred activism with St Ethelburga’s Centre for Reconciliation & Peace, and holding ritual ceremonies for all of life’s thresholds.

What main sources of inspiration or guidance do you draw on for your continuing spiritual journey?

My spiritual practice is underpinned by Buddhist teachings & practice as I’ve been a part of the Triratna Buddhist sangha since 2010. My spiritual path continues to evolve and draws inspiration from nature and all things Mystical and Beautiful.

Where is your ‘edge’ currently — what most challenges you on your path?

Holding the paradox as Truth when there’s so much in the world my heart can’t make sense of.

How do you envision your ministry developing in future?

Que Sera Sera – onwards into the mystery…