What was it that first called you to join the OneSpirit training?
In a bored moment I Googled, ‘I want to do something spiritual’. I wasn’t looking to be a minister, I didn’t know what I wanted, but the OneSpirit training popped up. I was excited as I read through the prospectus, loving the code of ethics and feeling that this was very much for me. It was with some disappointment that after an introductory day, I felt it was all far too fluffy, so I said no. But something much bigger than me had other ideas, as I found myself, a week before training began, being grabbed by the proverbial collar and frogmarched through the OneSpirit doors – well that’s how it felt. And it wasn’t fluffy…….
In which year were you ordained? 2006
What is your minister’s vow, as taken then, or since updated?
My original vow lost its resonance for me, and then I found myself unable to put into words what it was I could offer a world in such turmoil. In the end I realised I can do no more than offer an open and loving heart – so that is my vow, to be as open and loving as I can be.
What was the main thing that changed in your life as a result of the training?
Becoming OneSpirit’s Administrator. If this is what the ‘something bigger’ had in mind for me when it steered me through the doors of OneSpirit, then I bow to ‘Its’ wisdom. I give thanks every day for the huge privilege of being steward of this role and doing this work.
How does your ministry or your life’s purpose manifest in the world now?
I’ve recently become a wife, which I discover is a ministry in itself! Also as Administrator of course, and I take ceremonies when I’m asked.
What main sources of inspiration or guidance do you draw on for your continuing spiritual journey?
My main sources of inspiration are from nature, my colleagues and meditation.
Where is your ‘edge’ currently — what most challenges you on your path?
Feeling ‘not good enough’ trips me up and I’m challenged daily by the atrocities around the world – I feel helpless and can doubt in the Divine Plan – so I constantly return to my vow, and work on changing what I can in my own world by being open and loving, that’s all I can do.
How do you envision your ministry developing in future?
In my continuing role as Administrator, I hope!