Julia MacDonald

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What was it that first called you to train as a OneSpirit interfaith minister? My recovery from severe and long-term ME/CFS seemed to have two aspects to it: the personal development and the spiritual. I’d spent some time training in and working in the personal development field (NLP, Coaching, Hypnotherapy) and I wanted to explore how the spiritual aspect interacted with the personal development aspect. And I’d met some really cool people who were Interfaith Ministers!

In which year were you ordained?   2014

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

My vow takes places within the Christ presence and is a commitment to surrender, trust, love, serve and live. It defines my purpose on earth; it’s deeply personal and I say it/pray it regularly, sometimes as part of my spiritual practice, and sometimes in the middle of the day to remember/remind/regroup.

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

I stepped up to be seen as one who ministers. It’s changed both the way I see myself and the way others see me.

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

I create and lead ceremonies, my work with clients is infused with greater depth and breadth, and I started and lead a Threshold Choir (Liminal) in Cornwall. In my church setting I’m midwifing an exciting project called Breathing Space which offers a Sunday evening of stillness, song, silence and reflection for people of faith and none. As well as the more formal things I do, I find people often come to me, they don’t know for what, but they sense there is something. It might be as simple as a conversation, or listening to someone, or sharing a moment. Precious unscripted, unexpected, yet familiar moments.

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

Sunday evening church, Celtic Daily Prayer, walking in the Cornish countryside and coastline, Iona, Threshold Choir, Richard Rohr, Cynthia Bourgeault, Caroline Myss, soul traveling companions.

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

What is the Good News of the Christian message in 2017? How can I know and communicate it?

How do you envision your ministry developing in future?

More and more ceremonies! What has most energy for me at present is the Threshold Work, singing as compassion for people as they cross thresholds, whether that be imminent death, or a threshold of another kind. And Breathing Space.