Annie Blampied

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

I had already been asked to conduct a few weddings and baby naming ceremonies. A friend told me about the training and encouraged me to apply. I knew, as soon as I went to the open day, this was for me.

In which year were you ordained?   2004

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

I vow to be the Presence of Love. I vow to know the Truth of who I am, and help others come to know who they are. I am That I am.

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

As I allowed my own life to be healed, I noticed that my relationships with family and friends also healed. At my time of doing the training, A Course in Miracles was one of the required books to study. It connected with my heart’s longing, and has done ever since.

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

Conducting weddings, funerals, blessing and naming ceremonies, and as a spiritual counsellor and supervisor.

I am part of the Forest Row Interfaith Ministry group. We hold services around the Solstices and Equinoxes. We also host “vicars’ tea parties”, a support group for local ministers of different denominations and beliefs.

Five of us do peer group supervision regularly. We spend the day together and share a pot-luck lunch. It is a source of rich sisterhood and shared wisdom, as well as a way of experiencing the power of group synergy.

I am a volunteer chaplain in a local nursing home. I trained as a Soul Midwife, and support people in the process of death and dying — including at the nursing home — and offer courses on the subject.

I am chair and administrator of Interfaith Vision — a voluntary organization dedicated to co-creating a new vision for interfaith encounter through open-hearted listening and communicating. 

I am also a storyteller. My last performance, together with a colleague, called “A Feast of Candles” ~ an evening of poetry, storytelling, and Celtic music to celebrate Imbolc and Candlemas.

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

I attended many Satsangs with Mooji which were transformational. The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying — Tonglen compassion practice. Healing at Burrswood Hospital. The Consecration of Man services at our local (Anthroposophical) Christian Community Church.

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

I married two years ago (see photo) - my first time, at the age of 60 - and now have five grown-up stepchildren, and five grandchildren!

How do you envision your ministry developing in future?

Through God’s Grace and guidance.