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Ian Mowll

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What was it that first called you to train as a OneSpirit interfaith minister? To deepen my spirituality and to be explicit about my passion for spirituality. It started when I went through a minor crisis – where I realized that to be of help to someone I knew in need, I had to enact more consciously the values I held deeply. My training certainly helped me in this way.

In which year were you ordained? 2011

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

“Compassion”. I like it best when I accompany it with my own arm/body movements. Whilst, for me, spirituality is ultimately beyond words, the simplicity of the vow helps me to see clearly my spiritual path.

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

Realising that my vocation is all about spirituality.

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

In terms of work I am a celebrant, mainly for funerals. I am also the co-ordinator of GreenSpirit – which, as the name suggests, is about grounding an Earth-based spirituality.

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

I follow an Earth-based spirituality. But this is much broader than Paganism — it draws from many sources including modern science. At its essence, it says that we are all part of the living Earth. Therefore, all expressions of compassionate spirituality are part of the evolutionary journey of our planet. This form of Earth-based spirituality dovetails beautifully with Interfaith work. Expressions of some aspects of nature-based spirituality can be used as a kind of ‘common language’ or ‘safe neutral zone’ between religions. I’ve seen it work in this way many times. On a personal level, through this form of spirituality, I feel I am able to identify myself as a ‘cosmic Christian’ (a term I have made up for my own use) rather than a ‘cultural Christian’ (someone who follows the established church in all of its teachings).

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

Anxiety - it limits me. The only upside is that sometimes anxiety can be linked to sensitivity. I once read the book The Highly Sensitive Person, which helped me to re-frame the sensitive/anxious side of my personality.

How do you envision your ministry developing in future?

My main intention is to deepen an authentic spirituality in my life. I always remember listening to Bruce Kent talk about CND. It was the simple, compassionate and authentic way he spoke which was a light-bulb moment in my life. It helped me to realise that truth does not always need to be shouted from the rooftops. A quiet word spoken well can have a huge impact. It certainly had a big impact on me.