April’s Anti-Racism Reading Group Invitation
Join us for a profound Zoom session on Monday, 15th April, from 7:15 - 8:45, hosted by Sarah MacDonald, as we delve into the crucial and ongoing journey of anti-racism. This session, integral to the OneSpirit community, is designed to foster a supportive environment where ministers and students can explore, understand, and challenge the pervasive issues of racism. The upcoming meeting focuses on the deep-seated impact of racism on our spiritual connections, communal relationships, and highest aspirations, emphasising a trauma-informed approach to undoing systemic racism.
Anti Racism Reading Group Notes
In their gathering on 12th February 2024, the Anti-Racism Reading Group led by Chloe Greenwood, Una Devine, Sarah MacDonald, and Sue Cockerill met to confront and address their embedded racist patterns. The group sought to use self-awareness tools to understand how societal racism influenced their views subconsciously. They aimed to uncover, understand, and overcome their own internal barriers of racism, enhancing their connection with themselves, the divine and each other.
Interfaith Dialogue and its Role in Cultivating Peace and Spiritual Enrichment
Explore the power of interfaith dialogue in nurturing peace, unity, and spiritual growth. Delve into the importance of engaging in diverse faith conversations and learn practical tips for meaningful exchanges. Embark on a journey to uncover common ground, promote harmony, and broaden your spiritual horizons while celebrating interconnectedness and understanding.
Mindfulness – A Path to Inner Peace and Spirituality
In this blog, we delve into the fascinating world of mindfulness, its profound implications on our mental well-being and its intrinsic connection to spirituality. The post demystifies what mindfulness entails, its significance in today's fast-paced life, and how it beautifully intertwines with spirituality. Further, it lays down a few methodologies to incorporate mindfulness into everyday life. This article serves as an invitation to embark on a journey of self-awareness, inner peace and spiritual enlightenment through the powerful tool of mindfulness.

Interfaith Dialogue and Cultivating Peace

OneSpirit fosters interfaith dialogue,
where individuals from varied faith paths
engage in rich discussions to exchange
wisdom. The aim is to deepen understanding, cultivate peace, and promote
spiritual growth.

Anti Racism Reading Group Notes

The Anti-Racism Reading Group focuses on identifying and undoing personal racism patterns via self-reflection, acknowledging these as barriers to spiritual connections. It’s part of a deeper spiritual journey toward unity with oneself, others, and the divine.

Resourcing from Myth…

OneSpirit Minister & Tutor Tim Ralphs presents an exploration of the power of myths and storytelling. It shares a poignant story of a man connecting his grief to a mythic tale. The post discusses the timeless impact of myths, their potential therapeutic value, and self-exploration.

What is an Interfaith Minister?

The #MonthofMinistry, initiated by Revs Sass Adams & Jo Royle, encourages OneSpirit Ministers to share their practices online. Aimed at defining ‘What is an interfaith minister?’, the campaign fosters community outreach through social media and personal stories.

Finding and Maintaining Your Peace

In a world marred by conflict, OneSpirit envisions a united global community upholding peace and understanding. Urging moments of introspection and kindness, they share resources for mental and spiritual solace to nurture inner peace and interconnectedness.

Mindfulness: A Pathway to Inner Peace

Mindfulness is spotlighted by OneSpirit as a doorway to inner peace and heightened spirituality. Emphasising its roots in Eastern traditions, it serves as a remedy to modern life’s chaos, supporting anyone’s spiritual
exploration towards serenity.

Finding Hope on Earth Day 2023

On Earth Day 2023, activists gather in London, filled with hope and unity for climate justice. Despite setbacks like Bristol Airport’s expansion, hope thrives on gratitude and action, fostering resilience and a deeper connection with
the Earth and each other.

Ageing with Awareness by Felice Rhiannon

Rev. Felice Rhiannon’s “Ageing with Awareness” transitions from blog to book, offering 52 weekly contemplations. It challenges ageing stereotypes, promoting a conscious, joyful journey into elderhood with an invitation to rewrite life stories with freedom and wisdom.

Soul Work

Soul Work, introduced by Rev. Bryony Wildblood, blends traditional therapy with creativity, offering a dynamic approach through ceremony, ritual, and nature immersion. It seeks deeper connections, embracing body wisdom and personal rites for holistic healing.

“After Ordination” – A Phase to Tend

After ordination, OneSpirit’s newest ministers embark on a reflective phase, merging ceremony and personal growth. A time of integration, it’s likened to a ‘4th trimester’, deeply honoring the transformation initiated by their vows and the community’s collective evolution.

Diversity and Interfaith – a personal perspective

Rev Annie Heppenstall shares insights into interfaith engagement, emphasizing deep listening and personal growth through diverse encounters. Inspired by multifaceted beliefs, she highlights the power of empathy and love in bridging differences for a better world.

Peace Prayer in a Time of War

OneSpirit shares ‘Peace Prayer in a Time of War’ by Minister Anthea Ballam. Amid violent conflict, the prayer is a plea for world peace, cessation of arms production and deployment, aiming for a world where nature’s tranquillity resounds
louder than warfare.

Elements of Ordination

OneSpirit integrates symbolic elements into their ordination ceremonies, including a candle, bell sound, a stole, anointing, and closing gestures. Each brings personal depth and meaning, from divine presence to mindfulness reminders, service symbolism, and honouring greetings.

Presence of Love – Prayers for the World

The Presence of Love Retreat, led by Rev. Christo, encouraged participants to embody love, exploring: Philia (interpersonal love), Eros (passionate love), and Agape (wonder-inspired love). Activities included discussions and body prayer, all fostering understanding.

Choose your words: Language & Stereotypes

Reflecting on World Suicide Prevention Day, OneSpirit emphasises the power of language to combat stigma, suggesting phrases like “died by suicide” instead of “committed suicide,” and advocates for compassion and education to support mental wellness.