Sonya Leite

What was it that first called you to train as a OneSpirit interfaith minister? I had always wanted to explore various religious and spiritual paths experientially, beyond the academic perspective. I saw an advert for (as it was then called) The New Seminary and it was a no-brainer! I signed up immediately.

In which year were you ordained?   2002

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

My vow is spoken first in Spanish (my native tongue) which immediately opens my heart. “Yo prometo vivir con mi Corazon abierto, confiando en my guia Divina.” Then followed in English, my vow anchors me in the present moment. “I vow to live with an open heart, trusting in my Divine Guidance.”

My relationship to my vow changes each year as different words pop out and challenge me to look deeper into their meaning for me — words like Trust, Open, Divine, Vow etc. I have such fun and respect for my vow as it keeps showing me different aspects of the ONE and encourages me to be curious and play.

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

I gained wonderful friends who have become my true spiritual family, and many part-time jobs with the Seminary. I wanted to support its growth. I wanted to give back and serve. I couldn’t leave! I was so inspired by the people and the curriculum. I mentored, worked in office administration with Kate Hill, designed the first Mentors Manual and mentors training with Angela Alexandra, and in 2007 I committed to being a supervisor.

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

I now serve myself! Haha. My Ministry has many outlets, as a friend, Nia teacher, actor, spiritual counselor/supervisor, and worship service leader for the Unitarians, running occasional workshops and Heart and Soul prayer groups. My purpose is to express my passions for life and the Divine through creativity, health, fitness, healing and fun.

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

Amma, the Unitarian Church, Sound Healing, retreats, the arts, Compassionate Communication practise groups. Being in the company of my Soul friends.

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

Today it’s physical pain and being with what is. Generally it’s back to my vow and trusting my guidance and acting on it.

How do you envision your ministry developing in future?

A continuation of what I am already doing, leading me into the great unknown!