Sarah Verney


What was it that first called you to train as a OneSpirit interfaith minister? I had witnessed the journey of my sister, Janey, and attended her Ordination in 2014. I wanted to belong to this inspirational community and find my soul family. I knew it was time to “come out” as a spirit-led person, instead of hiding behind other labels and qualifications.

In which year were you ordained?   2017

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

Seven years ago I “received” four short devotional sentences, which now underpin my spiritual practice. I wrote a new vow in my Minister’s Manual, but at Ordination I spoke these sentences again, with renewed empowerment and purpose. The key words are “listening” and “surrender”.

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

I experienced the training as a deep affirmation of my spiritual journey so far. Having always espoused the importance of Deep Listening, I had two life-changing experiences when my fellow students listened to and heard me in such a profound and non-judgmental way that I was able to shed old conceptions and move forwards. I also believed I had come to the training to learn about spiritual direction rather than celibrancy, but Spirit had other ideas!

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

Unexpectedly, my second year self-directed learning project took me into an exploration of Death and I am now taking my first funeral as a celebrant. I have also enrolled to become a soul midwife, and I hope and believe this will be a natural gathering together of my life’s work before this, including as music therapist, body worker, healer and mother.

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

I have been aware of angelic presences and spirit guides since my teens. My roots lie in Christ-consciousness and I have also been a student of Celtic Shamanism. I am inspired by the writings of Thich Nhat Hanh, Arnold Mindell and many others. I am constantly awestruck by the wisdom of small children in their spiritual directness. I also have a group of very close, beloved soul-mates with whom to share these things.

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

Moving into Elderhood and accepting that I am growing older! Calming my ego and busy mind so that I can hear Spirit’s call and surrender to this journey. Trust and Simplicity are both big edges for me!

How do you envision your ministry developing in future?

I am excited by the things that are already unfolding. Now I also have the privilege of becoming a Trustee of OneSpirit Interfaith Foundation. I have long experience of the charitable sector and trusteeship, and I look forward to serving as best I can.