Interfaith Foundation



Interfaith Foundation




The purpose of all physical manifestation is to untie the knots that keep us separate.

Taken from 'The Instruction Manual for Receiving God' by Jason Shulman



OneSpirit News 
September 2016     

£30,000 allocated for new scholarships

Last year, OneSpirit Interfaith Foundation granted its first ever scholarship covering 100% of Year 1 fees, and two more worth 50% of fees. This year a scholarship fund - earmarked by trustees from the Foundation's reserves - is again open to applicants who would love to start their training as ministers this autumn, "but genuinely don't have the resources to fund their own training," in the words of faculty lead Jackie Amos Wilkinson. If you or someone you know is in this position, you can read more about the scholarships here, and follow the links. You can also download the prospectus.
'Really good': the verdict on teachers and mentors

New ministers ordained in July 2016 overwhelmingly rated their teachers and mentors as "really good" (the top mark) in feedback forms at the end of their OneSpirit training. One of the co-tutors - Nicola Coombe and Jackie Amos Wilkinson - received 24 top ratings from the 26 students, and the other 23.
The same number, 23, rated their mentors highly. "These results from our annual feedback exercise are evidence of the very high regard in which students hold their teachers and mentors," said chair of trustees Joy Gleeson (pictured). "We are fortunate to have such skillful and committed people in these roles." Click here for more details.
Come and meet us - with absolutely no pressure!

Our Introductory Events are designed to help potential students decide whether the OneSpirit training is right for you. These events last about three hours, are free of charge and without commitment. They typically take place over an afternoon, involve about 12-15 people, and are a great opportunity to meet some faculty, ministers and current students, and get a gentle experiential taste of the training. The final Introductory Events for the new class beginning in late October are at: Manchester, 17 Sept; Glastonbury, 24 Sept; Brighton, 1 Oct; and London, 8 Oct. There's more information here on the website.
A OneSpirit wedding with a difference.... 

All weddings taken by a OneSpirit minister are special (of course we would say that). The marriage of a OneSpirit minister gives us much cause for celebration. But when two members of our community of ministers and student ministers take their sacred vows to each other, it's a time to shout with joy! Our administrator, Lindsay Jarratt (ordained 2006), and Bob Reynolds (who is halfway through his training) were married on 18 August by Evelyn Kay (ordained 2013) at a small ceremony for family and close friends near Daventry, Northamptonshire. Lindsay is now back at her desk to welcome enquiries from prospective new students. 
Love instantly in action - thanks to Facebook

We don't normally mention the OneSpirit Facebook Group here, as you have to be a minister or student to gain access. It has proved to be an amazing resource for mutual support. Recently, one minister asked colleagues to send blessings for a close friend facing breast cancer; another reached out for support before taking the funeral of two young people killed in a car crash; a third did the same while preparing the funeral of a man who had taken his own life. Between them they received more than 100 heartfelt messages of support from colleagues, many within minutes. Note: we have a separate Facebook public page where members of the public can keep in touch with OneSpirit Foundation news.
OneSpirit minister takes up Aberdeen Unitarian role

An induction service to mark the adoption of Caroline Cormack (ordained 2010) as Lay Leader of the congregation was held at Aberdeen Unitarian Church on 21 August. In the half-time paid post, she will lead services roughly every second Sunday, hold other ceremonies and undertake regular pastoral visiting. The service was attended by the President of the Unitarian General Assembly, and Caroline's appointment could set a precedent for other interfaith ministers, of whom a number are active in local Unitarian church groups, at a time when there is a shortage of Unitarian ministers. See News
Lawyers seek our input on weddings & burial laws

The Law Commission for England and Wales has written to OneSpirit and other bodies that gave evidence last year for its scoping study, Getting Married, to seek help compiling data that could help it convince the government that reform of marriage law is a priority. It says that, "facts, statistics, and indications of time spent or money lost, as well as the non-financial impact of problems with the law, are all helpful." The Commission is also sounding out the need for reform of laws governing burial and cremation. More details in News. Our summary of last year's Getting Married scoping paper from the Commission.
Interfaith gets higher profile in south Dublin

Since her ordination in July, reports new OneSpirit minister Marianne McGiffin, "my part-time post of chaplain has been renamed as 'Interfaith Chaplain', and our prayer room signposted as 'Interfaith Room'." Marianne works for Bloomfield Health Services in Dublin, a Quaker-run group comprising residential care facilities for people with chronic mental illness and Huntingdon's, a nursing home and an Alzheimer's day care centre. She has worked there since 2013, alongside an Anglican chaplain, an Orthodox Jewish cantor, and a team from the Society of Friends. The newly designated interfaith room, she says, "is shared by Roman Catholics, Anglicans, Quakers, Jews and one Buddhist!"
Gathering of Light, every month in London...

Monthly services have been running for well over 10 years in Notting Hill Gate, London, led by a succession of OneSpirit ministers.These Friday evening worship services take place at Essex Unitarian Church (pictured). Now the OneSpirit faculty team has taken on this role, currently through Christopher Marcus and Bernd Leygraf, alongside London minister Alison Trower (ordained 2014). The next OneSpirit Gathering of Light service, led by the three, will be on 14 Oct from 6.45pm, its theme 'Between the Light and the Dark'. Services will be held regularly on the second Friday of each month. For more details, see OneSpirit Events.

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