What was it that first called you to join the OneSpirit training?
I was pulled to ordination from childhood. With the path closed to women I wrestled for years. I decided to see it as an inner identity, not an outer path. So when I heard about the seminary my heart jumped. Thanks Lydia Trettis! So much called: a path to ordination/ inner-leadership that included women and all other human diversity; a healing approach including heart, mind, body, and relationship; spiritual counselling; the openness to all paths, with names and without; …. and ‘ministry’ (awkward word!) as life.
In which year were you ordained? 2004
What is your minister’s vow, and your relationship to it?
I’ve felt hesitant considering putting my vow in writing. It sits in a place that’s more private than public. My relationship with these few words pulls me into an intimacy with what is real, every time. It’s a lifesaver, a ‘re-orienter’, a softening device! I really appreciate praying it at 11.58 now, knowing there are others doing the same thing. It is “….to live from love, within life.”
What was the most important thing that changed in your life as a result of the training?
To be as explicit as I could about expressing myself as primarily dedicated to the Mystery, God, or whatever name we call the sanctity of Life.
How does your ministry or your life’s purpose manifest in the world now?
Being Elmer’s wife and Lucien’s mum on our boat in London; as tutor and focaliser within OneSpirit; trustee of the Findhorn Foundation; as daughter, friend, sister; caring for body, mind and heart; in every moment that I remember Love, and act from that.
What main sources of inspiration or guidance do you draw on for your continuing spiritual journey?
People who dare to practice Love. Elmer, my parents, brothers, family and friends. David Spangler. The stars, trees, flowers, children. Subtle and elemental worlds. The sea. Mary Daly. Antjie Krog. Poetry and music. Binnie, Sobonfu, Temenos. Swimming, praying, silence, listening, writing. Steiner and Lucien’s school. Sanity -saving humour and whatsapp groups! The faith of my colleagues. Oracles. Findhorn. Systems thinking. The Marys. Supervision. South Africa.
Where is your ‘edge’ currently — what most challenges you on your path?
Not taking it personally. Taking it responsibly and responsively. Self doubt. The slippery double helix of leading and following. The power of menopause. Putting meditation and exercise first.
How do you envision your ministry developing in future?
By listening to Life and having the courage to follow it.