What was it that first called you to train as a OneSpirit interfaith minister?
I was at a conference at Findhorn in 2004 and saw Miranda Holden speaking. There was something deeply peaceful about her, and I wanted to find out more. That led me to an Open Day, where I met a fellow Quaker. She assured me that all was well, and I then realised that I was being called to be on the programme.
In which year were you ordained? 2006
What is your minister’s vow, and your relationship to it?
The Quaker founder, George Fox, is well known for this: ‘Walk cheerfully over the world, answering that of God in everyone”. I adopted that as my vow, although it seems rather sparse now, as the place of nature becomes more central in my life.
What was the most important thing that changed in your life as a result of the training?
My commitment to Truth; to being authentic. This led to my marriage. It also led on to my training in Constellation work. This enables me to live my spirituality in a practical way.
How does your ministry or your life’s purpose manifest in the world now?
I prepare and deliver ceremonies about four times a year. Love it. Last year I completed some doctoral research. This found ways of preparing new student nurses to care for dying people and their families. My work as a university lecturer gives me an opportunity to embody spiritual principles and to challenge purely biomedical approaches. I also grant ethical approval for research projects in the University and internationally. However, I find myself yearning to spend more time in the garden, on our allotment or at the transition community farm. The pull of nature is strong, so my life’s purpose has started to move towards stillness.
What main sources of inspiration or guidance do you draw on for your continuing spiritual journey?
My morning lesson from Wahiduddin (http://wahiduddin.net) is my base for meditation. My Quaker, Steiner, OneSpirit and Constellation communities continue to inspire me. Human Beings are truly awesome.
Where is your ‘edge’ currently — what most challenges you on your path?
My work involves dealing with conflict and bureaucracy. I struggle with ‘speaking truth to power’, but continue to try to practice this skill! I also struggle with being focused. I tend to dilute myself with too many ventures.
How do you envision your ministry developing in future?
Being part of a movement that is developing a more spiritual approach to Higher Education. Hopefully, getting closer to ‘OneSpirit’.