Karen Dempsey


What was it that first called you to train as a OneSpirit interfaith minister? A chance encounter with a friend who had met with an Interfaith Minister about her wedding, led me to check out the website — and then I was hooked. The prospect of a community of fellow seekers really called to me, and my path unfolded rather miraculously from there.

In which year were you ordained?     2016

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

I vow to shine my light from a place of stillness and serenity, knowing that I am held in the loving embrace of a compassionate God, and all who hold me dear.

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

So much changed! The training empowered me to trust deeply, and to really walk my talk. As a female minister in Ireland, the training helped me to heal a lot of spiritual pain, both my own, and back through the generations, and to have conversations that I previously felt overwhelmed by. I feel I have finally stepped into myself, and I deeply love my work as a minister.

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

I serve mostly as a minister for weddings and funerals, and I also work as a psychotherapist in my own practice. For me, my ministry is every single thing that I do in the world, it’s how I show up (or don’t!). And my vow really helps me to stay steady in a world full of change.

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

I am deeply inspired by nature, and by Celtic spirituality, both ancient and new. I am a student of A Course in Miracles, I live a lifestyle guided by Ayurvedic principles, I am in regular supervision, and my spiritual path continues to unfold and surprise me all the time.

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

There are many edges!! As an activist, staying close to Love (without bypassing), in situations where I witness separation and (often painful) injustice, continues to be a learning edge for me — and one that energises and challenges me every day.

How do you envision your ministry developing in future?

I am so excited to be stepping into my new role as a member of OneSpirit’s Faculty! My time in the Seminary was absolutely life-changing, and I look forward to walking with many others as they embark on their own version of this Hero’s Journey.