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Rowan Bombadil

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What was it that first called you to train as a OneSpirit interfaith minister? Since childhood, I’d had a vision of creating spaces where people of all faiths and none could find spiritual and emotional shelter, and have an intimate experience of unconditionally loving divinity. I had already discovered a passion for officiating at handfastings. I also felt it would benefit my (psychosexual) coaching practice, and feed the part of me that still wishes I’d chosen Religion and Philosophy at University.

In what year were you ordained? 2017

What is your minister’s vow, and your relationship to it? “I take my place in the family of things, as a keeper of the flame for Love in all its forms.” My vow reminds me of the interconnectedness of things, of my place within them, and of the value of my place – my own “enoughness” being one of the key themes of the training for me. The second half speaks to my sense of my ministry as a fierce ally to my clients whole selves - particularly in my service to the LGBTQ+ community.

What was the most important thing that changed in your life as a result of the training? The training revolutionized my sense of my own capacity, value, and worth. I felt a great sense of arrival during Ordination, as though I was coming to a place I’d been travelling to for a long time. Also, as a genderqueer person, Reverend is most definitely the prefix I’ve been waiting for!

How does your ministry or your life’s purpose manifest in the world now? My ministry currently has two primary strands. On the one hand, I appear to have infiltrated OneSpirit in the guise of Information & Events Coordinator, keen to bring greater embodiment, groundedness, and radical acceptance to the Foundation. On the other, I make myself available to minister to my community. I specialize in handfastings and commitment ceremonies, and in rites of passage for gender transition – but when it comes to being asked for ceremony, at least for now, the answer is inevitably Yes.

What main sources of inspiration or guidance do you draw on for your continuing spiritual journey? My ongoing conversation with God/dess, my guides and guardians, and the Earth. My extraordinary partners, chosen family, and colleagues. And my life-long love of books – particularly in this moment those written by Brene Brown, Meg-John Barker, Anne Geraghty, and, yes, Terry Pratchett.

Where is your ‘edge’ currently — what most challenges you on your path? Right now, I’m leaning deeper into relationship as spiritual practice again, and also trying to practice radical self-care, and learn to rest, while spinning multiple plates.

How do you envision your ministry developing in future? I hope to keep serving the LGBTQ+ and Alternative Communities, and challenging arbitrary cultural binaries and divisions, particularly that between sexuality and spirituality.