What was it that first called you to train as a OneSpirit interfaith minister? Probably many things that lay hidden and unrecognised in life's experiences, which surfaced on a storytelling course when hearing about an interfaith minister. Ears pricked up! Years later a daughter gave me a nudge! No looking back.
In which year were you ordained? Good. An easy answer! 2012
What is your minister’s vow, and your relationship to it?
The words are the form. They change. The inner push to love, to live from a place of gratitude, to 'be of use', finds expression in different ways. Sometimes wordless.
What was the most important thing that changed in your life as a result of the training?
I try to listen, to watch, and to be, with greater attention.
How does your ministry or your life’s purpose manifest in the world now?
I wonder if this is a question for others? Outwardly, it's family, sacred poetry and storytelling, hospice volunteering, animals, trustee work, occasional ceremonies, hopefully not separate but weaving together. Inwardly, though, perhaps that's where ministry is, or begins to take effect.
What main sources of inspiration or guidance do you draw on for your continuing spiritual journey?
Could be anything - a hibernating ladybird, an ancient oak, a gift from a grandchild, holding a hand, reading, music, stillness, waves crashing on an Australian beach.....
Where is your ‘edge’ currently — what most challenges you on your path?
Remembering that there is always a bigger picture, which dispels neat answers.
How do you envision your ministry developing in future?
I'm happy to let it be whatever it becomes.
Chris is vice-chair of trustees at OneSpirit Interfaith Foundation.