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Neil Deuchar

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What was it that first called you to train as a OneSpirit interfaith minister? After retiring, I was researching interfaith studies and unexpectedly came across OneSpirit Interfaith Foundation. Here, I found a wonderful way of embodying a spiritual life that makes sense to me, without being religious but honouring the great faith traditions from which so much wisdom and beauty has manifested. I have also found a way of allowing myself and others to be healed through a tender process of spiritual counselling, that similarly offers something different and deeper than traditional western therapies, but doesn't dismiss them. It's just what I've been looking for.... or perhaps it's been looking for me....

In which year were you ordained?    2016

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

To bring forth what is within me. This, for me, is the quintessential primal call from Jesus of Nazareth to become what we truly are.

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

I learnt that I'm not really in control of my life, and never have been; which was a surprise, a relief and a challenge all rolled into one!

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

Right now I'm mainly focussed on joining the OneSpirit faculty as a tutor, starting next month (October 2017). It's a privilege and I'm really looking forward to it.

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

Siddhartha Gautama, Socrates, Yeshua and Miriam, Mahavata Babaji, St Francis of Assisi, Guru Nanak, Rumi, Mahatma Gandhi, Albert Einstein, Bede Griffiths, Wayne Teasdale, John Heron, the Divine Feminine out there and in me, interfaith companions and other kindred spirits, my monastic preceptor, my children, my hara, music, art, books and sighing forests.

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

Interspiritual monasticism is a contemporary expression of living as an interfaith-oriented monastic individual without an exclusive association to any one faith tradition. This is a new and intricate way of being and doing in the world, and I hope others will be interested in joining the enquiry so we can learn and develop together.

How do you envision your ministry developing in the future?

I'd ideally like to start an intentional community with a small group of people who might want to participate in conceptualising and embodying what an interspiritual monastery could look and feel like.