Each teaching group is accompanied over two years by a team of volunteer mentors. Each mentor is an experienced minister who is available to support the student minister on his or her journey of discovery. Click the names to read more from each mentor’s profile:
Second Year Mentor Group:
Throughout my life I’ve felt called to spiritual exploration. My journey began with Catholicism; the religion I was born into and grew up with, and continued through my twenties and thirties with expeditions into Protestantism, the earth based traditions, New Age philosophies, and Spiritualism. It was within Spiritualism that I first experienced a deep sense of connection to faith-based community. In 2006 I joined my local Spiritualist church and began development as a spiritual healer. I served for eight years, latterly leading services of mediation and healing. In Spiritualism I thought that I had found my spiritual home, but as time passed I continued to hear the calling to further exploration. Eventually I found my way to OneSpirit and to training for interfaith ministry. The training has had an enormous impact on my life. It has inspired me to look afresh at how I am with myself and others. It has challenged my understanding of healing and what it is to be a healer. And it has gifted me with a revitalised awareness of the importance of loving myself more as the starting point to manifesting love in the world. Subsequently, I’ve come to recognise my lifelong calling to spiritual exploration as a calling to love, a calling home. As a newly ordained minister (2016) I feel honoured to begin my OneSpirit ministry as a mentor. It’s a huge delight to accompany the students embarking on their own explorations into love, healing, and homecoming.
Spirituality has been a part of my life since I was a teenager. My parents studied Sufism and as a child I often spent time at the Sufi community. As I grew older I began attending the evening teaching sessions and gradually became involved in studying Sufism myself and continued to be involved with the Sufi community until I was in my forties. It was shortly after the teacher of the community died that I first came across a leaflet about the OneSpirit training (then called the Interfaith Seminary). As soon as I saw it, I knew that the training was for me and I enrolled in 2001. It was a wonderful and challenging two years which took me on a journey that changed my life. After I was ordained it took me quite a long time to pluck up the courage to become a wedding celebrant. I have been writing and conducting weddings for about seven years and love it. It is such an honour to be asked to be part of such an important day. I also do spiritual counselling which I find very rewarding. My other hat is working as a kinesiology practitioner, helping people with health problems and even that has been influenced by the OneSpirit training because I see my clients in such a different way from when I first started practising. I am excited that I have taken on the role of mentor – it is wonderful and such an honour to have the opportunity to support others through the training that has made such a difference in my life.
I was ordained in 2013 after two amazing years with OneSpirit and then did a further year in 2014 with the Mystery and Mastery course. I had been actively seeking for the meaning of my life since my teens, reading and exploring many other faiths. I was a Presbyterian during all my childhood in New Zealand, but, when I left school I had questions that I found the Christian church did not give answers that I felt were satisfactory. I trained as a registered nurse and worked for many years, married, had my family of four children, divorced and came over to the UK in 1993. Since I have been here I have absorbed as much as possible of all the different spiritual aspects of life. I am a teacher for the Diana Cooper School; am a Colour-light practitioner; an NFSH practitioner; an Angelic reiki practitioner; a member of the Eldermothers and interested in promoting the feminine energies. I am very honoured to be accepted as a mentor for OneSpirit and continuing my journey with their philosophies and teaching over the next 2 years. Presently I work as a nurse in the community for 3 days a week and was a District Nurse for many years. The OneSpirit training has enabled me to slot all aspects of my life together and know that where I am is the right place for me to be.
I have spent many years acting as a wedding celebrant, helping those who did not feel adequately served either by registry office weddings or traditional religious services. Then in 2009 my Aunt’s suicide and the incredibly moving funeral conducted by the reverend showed me the depth and power of effective ministry. It made me realise that “minister” is, first and foremost, a verb rather than a noun. OneSpirit seemed like the perfect answer to the calling I was beginning to feel, a place where I could learn and grow authentically, even though I felt like I lacked any sort of religious tradition of my own. I was ordained in 2013 after two years that saw enormous changes in my life and what felt like radical growth. I found the experience with OneSpirit to be profound, both in terms of my own journey but also in the honour of witnessing all my fellow travellers. I see this course as a great crucible and feel enormously privileged to be coming back to hold and participate in the human alchemy that takes place on this training. Away from ministry, I have been working as a storyteller since 2007, adapting traditional myths and folktales for live performance. In 2014 I became a member of the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids and I’m on a continuing path of deepening my spirituality within that tradition.