What was it that first called you to train as a OneSpirit interfaith minister? A desire to be more aware and available to my patients as a Macmillan specialist palliative care nurse. Internally, a deep longing to explore spirituality in an experiential way. Wherever I clicked, googled or read, the Interfaith Seminary came up! It has always felt like coming home to me.
In which year were you ordained? 2007
What is your minister’s vow, and your relationship to it?
The core of my vow is to see the Presence of Love in all situations, all people, and in myself without limit or boundary. It draws my attention to qualities of compassion and non judgement and the inherent potential in recognizing the sacred in all. It has become a centering prayer for me.
What was the most important thing that changed in your life as a result of the training?
It is difficult to define one thing — as so much changed. The biggest change was of course in me. I felt more open and spacious somehow, more peaceful in myself. I felt joyfully connected to new ways of exploration, of devotion and to nourishing friendships. There was also a gracious weaving together of new outer opportunities.
How does your ministry or your life’s purpose manifest in the world now?
I conduct funerals, weddings and other sacred rituals affirming life transitions, and lead meditation groups. After 26 years in palliative care I recently left my full time post, so one form of ministry is in transition. However I continue working with a Macmillan Palliative and Cancer Survivorship Team to provide mindfulness sessions and retreat days for patients. I was a mentor for OneSpirit and I am now privileged to be a supervisor, walking alongside others in training and beyond. Essentially though, my ministry is my life, my everyday rhythms and routines.
What main sources of inspiration or guidance do you draw on for your continuing spiritual journey?
Being in loving relationships, the natural world, the contemplative mystic heart of all scriptures and the poetry of Sufism. I feel supported and guided by my own supervision and the presence of wise and loving companions who travel this sacred path with me.
Where is your ‘edge’ currently — what most challenges you on your path?
Trip wires of old story lines about not being enough. My learning is a more expansive and profound understanding of trust.
How do you envision your ministry developing in future?
I had thought to continue to use my background in health and palliative care, however the real answer is that I have no idea, and that is just fine. Where once I might have been unsettled by this, I now find I can rest in the space and wait to see what arises. My innermost desire is to deepen my own spiritual practice and from that place to say – “Here I am”.