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Scotland's first legally officiated wedding in Krishna temple

OneSpirit Minister, Rev Davina McCluskie (ordained in 2017) offers this beautiful account of her recent ceremony:

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Earlier this year I received an email from a devotee at the temple of Krishna Consciousness in Lesmahagow Scotland.

I had met Vrinda over Prasad when I stopped off on a whim at the temple after a weekend of training in London, she told me she had been a devotee at the temple for many years 30 + I believe, we talked about my training at OneSpirit and she told me of her wish to make her marriage legal, I asked her to email me if she decided to do so.

So off I set back home to Skye and the conversation with Vrinda was pushed to the back of my mind what with Ordination on the horizon and life being very busy.

I was delighted when I opened an email from her asking me to officiate at the temple later in the year.

I agreed and we set about selecting a date that suited us both, as I was unexpectedly busy with weddings on Skye so on 27th Aug I set off from Skye to Lesmahagow .

Not only was this my first Krishna wedding albeit the spiritual wedding had taken place some 9 yrs previously, this was the first that someone from outwit the temple had come in to officiate a devotee’s marriage.

The day coincided with Rashki celebrations, an Indian tradition where a sister ties a cord/thread around the wrist of her brother for protection, also this thread is worn around the body of warriors, so this too was incorporated into the wedding along with traditional ring exchange.

The marriage was conducted alongside this and other celebrations that day.

The devotees at the temple live very simple lives so this was not a lavish affair though there was much singing, dancing and feasting to be had.

I feel very honoured to have had this opportunity and be part of something deeply touching and spiritual, after all Krishna is all about LOVE.

I also feel that this is great for interfaith relations in Scotland with this being the first of its kind here and hopefully the first of many ceremonies to held within the Ashram.

Class of 2018 Ordination & Graduation Ceremony

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OH, WHAT A GLORIOUS DAY!

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A spectacular Graduation & Ordination ceremony was held at the Great Hall at Reading University on Saturday 21 July for 32 beloveds who stepped more fully into Ministry, witnessed and supported by hundreds of family & friends.

A deep bow of thanks to the whole team for pulling together such a special day.  A special thanks to Lorraine Debnam & our team of volunteer Ordination Angels, we couldn't do it with out you!

Our hands are raised with gratitude for Geoff Taggart, a OneSpirit Minister who works at Reading University, whose relationship and influence moved mountains for us. 


HIGHLIGHTS VIDEO: 3 minutes of beauty & joy

Our highlights video beautifully demonstrates the intimate quality of filming that you will enjoy in the full recording of the ceremony. This 3 minute video captures the joy of the day and has racked up thousands of views across our social media channels. 


hitting the airwaves

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Post-ordination Sunday started earlier than most for Faculty member Nicola Coombe who joined Paul Coia's morning programme on BBC Radio Berkshire. The programme had caught wind of our 'Interfaith Ordination" and reached out for an interview, which Nicola responded to beautifully, articulating all things Interfaith Ministry, Ordination and the work we do in the world... 
Listen back here from the 108:30 mark... 

In Memoriam: Martin Barker

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With great sadness we share the news that Martin Barker died on Tuesday 3rd July. 

Martin was ordained with OneSpirit in 2006, and was an active member of the Findhorn Community where he lived. Alongside his love of the land and nature, Martin was a gifted musician, which he generously shared at many Community events over the years. 

Some of our minister community have offered the following tributes - we welcome your own in the comments below. 

"In 2001 Martin was a guest at a wedding ceremony I held in Castlerigg Stone Circle, Cumbria. He was so inspired by the idea of Interfaith ministry he went on to train and was ordained in 2006.

In 2008 Martin and I were participants in the Foundation Programme at Findhorn. He was a brilliant musician, leading singing together and drumming for many of our community events. Martin also encouraged me to lead a song and dance I created when we studied together. He was a joy- bringer.

Martin worked for many years in Cullerne Gardens and loved being outside in nature. 

Personally I will miss his wonderful bear-hugs and big, warm smile.
Bless you Martin, and thank you for your love."


- Rev Susanna Michaelis


"I knew Martin for 5 years, living at Findhorn, and really enjoyed playing music with him at ceremonies and rituals and conferences.
I appreciated his strong masculine energy  and valued his friendliness, and good company.
Martin felt very strongly about grieving healthily.
Ritual and rites of passage were his passion. He loved to celebrate.
It's the space where his spirit would truly fly, when he was in his element.
He showed strong leadership in this in his community.
We felt his presence strongly last night as we held him in heart and mind at the Threshold choir, and send him love on his ongoing journey."

- Chloe Greenwood

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21 years in the making, we're thrilled to bring our unique Spiritual Development and Interfaith Ministry training online. This two year distance learning pilot will run in parallel with our face to face training hosted in London, and will primarily be offered to those who have difficulty accessing our London training due to disability or distance. Download our Information Pack for more information.