What was it that first called you to train as a OneSpirit interfaith minister? I was working in pastoral care at a boarding school and was involved in developing the spiritual and moral welfare of the young people. But I wasn’t entirely satisfied with what we provided. I thought we could create something more authentic and accessible to everyone’s needs. Before I could make any big changes I knew I needed to calibrate the expression and practice of my own faith. I remember doing some research and being drawn to OneSpirit. I attended an introductory day a year or so later and was inspired.
In which year were you ordained? Class of 2014, Represent!
What is your minister’s vow, and your relationship to it?
I vow to share, wholeheartedly, the bounty I am receiving. I’m always close to my vow. To me it speaks of self-awareness and sincerity. I love the continuity of it, it’s about sharing life, sharing energy, sharing passion and being aware of what you can contribute and how. It is a humbling and emboldening commitment to positivity and connection.
What was the most important thing that changed in your life as a result of the training?
Funnily enough it was moving to my current home base of Liverpool. I was merrily living abroad during training, and then felt I should be in the UK for the final stages. I could have gone anywhere in England; a dear Liverpool friend helped me find a place to live at short notice, then the city just swept me up. There’s such an honest vibe, people are thoughtful and genuine, realistic about struggles, and communicate with empathy and humour. I feel right at home. I’m fortunate to walk by the Mersey (pictured) most days; it helps me find my peace.
How does your ministry or your life’s purpose manifest in the world now?
Right now I work full-time supporting refugees and asylum seekers. If you’d asked me at the time of ordination I would never have guessed this would be my main occupation soon after. I love that! That’s exactly how I want my ministry to be. Full of obvious surprise. Does that make sense to you?
What main sources of inspiration or guidance do you draw on for your continuing spiritual journey?
All the people I love and respect and the stories they tell or have told – in person, in song, in writing.
Where is your ‘edge’ currently — what most challenges you on your path?
I can never seem to get the pacing right. I’ll suddenly find that I’m doing too much, and other times I’ll chastise myself for to taking things too slow and easy. Getting more of a balance is a constant challenge. I’m not very good at planning necessary breaks.
How do you envision your ministry developing in future?
I am my ministry; its rhythm will always be my rhythm.