As the OneSpirit class of 2017 approaches Ordination, faculty member Annie Heppenstall reflects on how her own understanding of ministry unfolded. Over the years, several ministries have opened up in my life, but not quite how I planned! Since an early age I had a sense that I wanted to be useful to others, to…

Approaching ordination as a OneSpirit minister, Kevin Thompson looks back on his previous career, and sees the challenges and setbacks in a very different light. WHEN we are young, and as we grow, we start to make plans. And of course — as a wise man once said — it’s our life plans that make…

Bernd Leygraf writes:  Today is the third time in a year that I find myself, en route, in Paris, immediately in the aftermath of yet another act of violence. I am invariably touched at how, at Notre Dame (‘Our Lady’) Cathedral, the shrine at the heart of their nation, Parisiens, rather than hide away at…

Christopher Marcus writes: Many of us find, when we are no longer supported within the structure of the training, that our regular spiritual practice is harder to maintain. That’s why OneSpirit’s postgrad programme — the Mystery & Mastery Communities — can be a precious way to help each other nurture our connection with Spirit. Spiritual…

Anthea Ballam writes: I’ve been involved in two events, days apart, that shone a searching light on the whole ethos of ‘interfaith’, and served to remind me how important it is to be grounded in love. After a series of unexpected happenings, I found myself whisked up to the steel and concrete world of MediaCity…

Nicola Coombe writes: It’s the time before a ceremony that ministers know to invest in. We know that the quiet potency at the heart of an event — be it a wedding, a meal, a summer garden — arises in mysterious proportions to what went into its preparation. We know this calls us into contemplation…

Nicola Coombe writes: I’ve been chatting with two friends, a few days before the end of 2016. One feeling her sanity fleeing in the midst of children, guilty festive food consumption, and endless pot scrubbing. The other similarly grappling, but in the face of the alone-ness of living solo, and the masking of this when…

Nicola Coombe writes: I grew up in apartheid-laden South Africa, where misogynistic and xenophobic religious ideas informed violent law-making and terrible suffering. The archetypes of religion, governance, and leadership were in my face. I loathed and feared. In contrast, I breathed hope from the diamond-like resilience of those that refused to accept this reality. The…

Razia Aziz writes: How is it that, so often in ministry, when a shock leaves you reeling and uncertain about the ground upon which you stand, at that very moment you are called to rise above the wreckage and offer a profound and humbling service? So it was with the funeral of Inayat Hafiz*, a…

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