What was it that first called you to train as a OneSpirit interfaith minister? Many things: a close friend embarking on the training; my on-going search for a spiritual home following a breach with my local Anglican parish, and failure to find another which met whatever my ill-defined needs were; questions about my vocation from clerical friends; attending a OneSpirit ordination and being poleaxed by ‘Here I am’!
In which year were you ordained? 2013
What is your minister’s vow, and your relationship to it?
“I vow to live and work [sometimes walk] in the knowledge of the love of God: Mother, Father, Mystery; and to hold sacred the responsibility of my being a part of that love in the world.” It serves as an anchor and compass, a reminder, a re-collection. It is the expression of my purpose and my spiritual selfness.
What was the most important thing that changed in your life as a result of the training?
Having an active spiritual vocabulary. After a LOT of years (not a lifetime – yet!) of regular church attendance and participation, even in the creation of non-liturgical services and regular service on intercessions rotas, my spirituality – or rather, my religion – was not something I felt really able to talk about.
How does your ministry or your life’s purpose manifest in the world now?
I am more conscious of the spiritual dimension during my everyday processes. Things that remain part of my life — family, friendships and work — are more consciously held within the knowledge of the love of God. My explicit ministry involves mentoring for the OneSpirit Class of 2017. I do some ceremonial work, which I will look to expand after ordination. And from a discovered creativity which I’m deeply grateful for, I make altar boxes and stoles.
What main sources of inspiration or guidance do you draw on for your continuing spiritual journey?
Other people: my OneSpirit circle, and the community of Women in Power. Reading – currently William Ayot and John Donoghue. Also a local church community, having re-connected with them, or been reconnected by Christ towards the end of my training. I describe myself as inclusively a Christian rather than exclusively a Christian.
Where is your ‘edge’ currently — what most challenges you on your path?
Looking for how my ministry/life connects with The Big Picture. In the context of combative Politics and terrorism, what is my place?
How do you envision your ministry developing in future?
I want to work to understand more closely the building of safe spiritual containers –what it takes to create space and time to honour what is true, what is shared, what is possible. The understanding of what this might be is emerging at present. I hope it will include more ceremony work, and more creativity — making the symbols which mark and root ceremonial, sacred space for those holding it. It will, I hope, include more work for OneSpirit Interfaith Foundation.