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Jon Jelfs

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What was it that first called you to train as a OneSpirit interfaith minister? I was brought up in a narrow sectarian Christian context that emphasized doctrine, but left when I had an experience of the living Christ – I wanted to follow him!  Many years in a charismatic fellowship, then an Anglican church, were both very special, but I found that my perspective was broadening, seeing harmony with other traditions and contemporary spirituality. I met Miranda Holden (now Macpherson), director of the Interfaith Seminary, at a conference in 2003 and was very affected by her teaching. This led me to explore further and enroll.

In what year were you ordained?     2005

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

My minister’s vow remains very important and expresses my intention in life: “I vow to live my life listening to the Spirit, being transformed by the Presence and offering a ministry of love and service to all.”

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

The personal spiritual growth and development that took place which led me to a path of Christian evolutionary mysticism with inclusive openness to others.

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

I love being part of church and am excited by changes and developments in Christian spirituality and the interface with contemporary spirituality. This is where my ministry lies through teaching, worship leading, writing contemporary liturgy, prayers and worship songs and creating contemporary and ‘alternative’ Christian services. I have taught ‘Spirituality and Health’ courses for medical students. I also had the opportunity to establish a ‘Spirituality and Awakening’ series of talks and workshops in Liverpool, which culminated in a ‘Wake up in Liverpool – A Liverpool Festival of Spirituality’ in 2016.

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

Worship, prayer, meditation, the natural world, music, poetry, art and science, and movements for harmony and social justice – all inspire me, as well as teachers and writings. Christian writers and teachers include Richard Rohr, Marcus Borg, Paul Smith, Brian Mclaren, Bill Johnson, Andrew Harvey, Thomas Keating, Cynthia Bourgeault, René Girard, James Alison. I have been inspired by the integral movement, conscious evolution and teachers such as Ken Wilber, Eckhart Tolle, Terry Patten, Steve Taylor, Steve McIntosh – and others.

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

I am being drawn to a closer direct encounter with God personally. When we encounter God directly, transformation occurs in us that enables a participation in transformation around us. We need this in economics, politics, healthcare, care of the planet etc. I want to inspire and be inspired to participate towards a new earth: ‘heaven on earth’.

How do you envision your ministry developing in future?

More of the same while continuing the journey!