COMMUNITY COLLECTION

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.

Redefining Interfaith: Holistically and Inclusively

We redefine interfaith to be more inclusive, embracing diverse spiritual experiences beyond traditional religions. Their vision fosters unity by honouring individual spirituality, aiming for a compassionate community that celebrates spiritual diversity.

Demystifying Interfaith: Moving Forward

Discover the broad essence of interfaith with OneSpirit: A welcoming dialogue beyond religions, embracing all spiritualities and secular ideologies. Join us on a journey of respect and understanding for every path.

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.

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.

Interfaith Education

Maddy shares her personal journey into interfaith education, sparked by a multicultural upbringing in Birmingham and religious diversity in their family. Her curiosity propelled her to explore different faiths and paths until she
finally found OneSpirit.

“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.

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.

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.

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.

Stole Making

OneSpirit graduates share the joy of stole-making. Cecilia creates beautiful, unique stoles inspired by nature, supporting her spiritual work. Maureen crafts bespoke stoles reflecting each minister’s story. Kate combines her skills in crafting stoles and making portable altars.