Sylvia Robertson


What was it that first called you to train as a OneSpirit interfaith minister?

I have always had an interest in religion in general. I was brought up as a non-conformist Christian, my mother was Jewish and I’d become interested in Buddhism and Taoism. This interest, in Buddhism especially, had led to the start of a journey of inner exploration and spiritual development. So when I heard about the OneSpirit training from a friend, I knew that’s what I had to do.

In which year were you ordained?       2014

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

My vow is: “I accept, with gratitude and humility, my own unique gifts and talents and vow to dedicate them, with love, in service to all beings.” It is a reminder for me that I am good enough and perfect just as I am, and that the gifts I have been given are unique to me, and I must, in the words of Teresa of Avila, “use those gifts that I have received, and pass on the love that has been given to me”.

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

The training took me out of my head space and into my heart space. I became more open, both to others and to myself. It provided me with a safe and supportive space in which to address my feelings of inadequacy and self-doubt, and it enabled me to ‘grow’ as a person. By the end of the training I really felt I’d ‘grown-up’.

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

Following a year of major change in my life, my ministry has become quite inwardly focused. I believe, however, that an important part of my ministry is to “be the change”. As I change myself I can help to bring about change in the world. As a participant in OneSpirit’s Mystery & Mastery postgraduate programme, I am inquiring more deeply into myself. As well as this inner work, I have also just taken on the role of a OneSpirit trustee.

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

Walks on the beach, the sea, the mountains, a sky full of stars fill me with awe. I’m inspired by the teachings and writings of people like Thich Nhat Hanh, Adyashanti, Cynthia Bourgeault and more. The love and wisdom of my fellow explorers on the Mystery & Mastery programme also provide a constant source of inspiration.

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

Trusting that all is as it’s meant to be, and being with that.

How do you envision your ministry developing in future?

I am just about to embark on a storytelling course to develop further my storytelling skills, so I see storytelling being a part of my ministry in some way.  Having recently moved to Findhorn, I am looking forward to becoming involved in the community there, and also to serving as a trustee of OneSpirit Interfaith Foundation.