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Anne Cross

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What was it that first called you to train as a OneSpirit interfaith minister? God

In what year were you ordained? As an Interfaith Minister - 2016

What is your minister’s vow, and your relationship to it? ‘In the presence of Oneness, I will listen to the song, I will hear the people cry, I will sing of God’s love from the rooftops, and come home to source.’

My vow is circular, always bringing me back to sacred unity. At different times, different lines speak to me with greater volume and I find myself dwelling there for a time. There is an importance to hearing the sound, the song of people, through which is to be found sacred unity, God’s love. The dissonant sound of our cry sings of the possibility of transformation and an ever-deepening relationship with God.

What was the most important thing that changed in your life as a result of the training? I listened to my cry and found my authentic voice. And the work goes on.

How does your ministry or your life’s purpose manifest in the world now? My ministry in part is manifest through traditional ceremony; funerals, weddings, baby blessings and other rites of passage created through a new vision of integral, inclusive and Spirit led liturgy.

I am minister to a community we call ‘Mosaic’. In the context of vibrant, diverse East London, Mosaic seeks to be a space where spiritual seekers, who may or may not be engaged with traditional religion, come together to hear what makes their heart sing.  Integral theory explains stages of ever evolving value systems, stages of awakening consciousness, and the benefit of personal development in human beings. Mosaic is exploring what spiritual community in an integral world may look like.

What main sources of inspiration or guidance do you draw on for your continuing spiritual journey? My partner Michael, Sacred Unity, Ken Wilber, India Arie. (in no particular order because of course they are all connected 😉)

Where is your ‘edge’ currently — what most challenges you on your path? My edge is just around that corner, or just through the next spiral. I thrive on the edge of creative unfolding. It can feel chaotic and a bit scary at times, community feels all the more important then. The inner city is a kaleidoscope of values and experiences, ministry in this context is a constant dance of creative dissonance and collective harmony. Somewhere in the midst is God.

How do you envision your ministry developing in future? I’m currently developing a physical space in East London; a sacred space open to all who would like to explore, and/or celebrate, and/or cry over this extraordinary journey we are each on together.