interfaith minister UK

"Interfaith is about the infinite number of ways of finding our
true selves and our place
and connection in the
Cosmos in whatever way is
most meaningful and, typically, unique for us."

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One Spirit Interfaith Foundation - training interfaith ministers in the UK

One Spirit Interfaith Foundation
One Spirit Interfaith Foundation trains people to be Interfaith Ministers and offers cemonies, including wedding ceremonies and spiritual counselling to people of all faiths or none.

UK Interfaith Ministers Association

Interfaith Ministers Association
The Interfaith Ministers Association (IMA) provides support to the spiritual community of ministers and counsellors who offer ceremonies for weddings, civil partnerships, namings, blessings, funerals and memorials and more private sessions for personal counselling, direction or healing.

interfaith minister UK

"I vow to serve the spiritual needs of anyone where it's
clear that I am meant to."

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About me

I am an interfaith minister, ordained by the One Spirit Interfaith Foundation. I feel led to work with people who don't believe that they fit in with ideas of binary gender or identify with the gender of their birth, and consider myself to be pangendered.

On this page I say a little about:

Who I am and what led me to become a minister
How I describe my ministry
Where I practice
The Code of Ethics and Code of Conduct that I adhere to (including a procedure for making a complaint)
My vow
My network of fellow ministers
How to contact me.

Who I am and what led me to become a minister

I am an interfaith minister, trained, ordained, supervised and supported by the One Spirit Interfaith Foundation, a charitable seminary and ministers' association dedicated to embracing the universal truth at the heart of all spiritual traditions, as well as supporting the interests of people who don't follow any particular faith path. The Foundation celebrates the values of respect, reconciliation, forgiveness and fellowship for every human being, irrespective of their beliefs. I am also a registered member of the Foundation's Interfaith Ministers' Association.

My professional background was in management consultancy, training and conflict management. I also trained as a coach and am an occasional writer, publishing books aimed at the business world, and more recently focused on spirituality (my new books, Picturing God, and Fairy Stories & Fairy Stories are available from Amazon).

My own faith is what might be called mixed spirituality, taking meaning from a number of different faiths, as well as from inspiring poetry, appreciating the beauty of Nature, and even from some tales from mythology. I am not affiliated to a 'traditional religion', although my upbringing followed a largely Christian path. My focus is on connecting with and nurturing my understanding of spirituality, and I aim to help people connect with their own 'God', whoever or whatever that may be. I would never dream of trying to convert anyone to a particular creed. I believe that we can each find our own way to understanding life's essence and delving into our inner selves, and there may be as many ways for doing this as there are people!

In this video I introduce myself, saying a little about my background and what led me to becoming a minister. Simply click on the play button above to watch.

I love seeing myself as a part of the great flow of the Cosmos thatís governed by the Tao, and find peace and connection with Mother Earth, deep solace in Native American journeying, and spiritual refreshment from kirtan singing and Taizť chanting. Perhaps it shouldn't then be a surprise that I felt a door of new learning and self-discovery opening when I heard about the One Spirit Interfaith Foundationís training. I felt sure that this was the right course for me, and too have come to see that I can have a ministry role to play in the world. My path into ministry has therefore been one of following a strong and lasting feeling rather than about chasing a particular goal. To some extent, this is also how I've come to focus on the interests of transgendered people in my ministry, although I do also consider myself to be of "middle gender" or transgender–at least, not at an extreme of the gender spectrum (I'm not good at knowing how, or even if, to label myself!).

Iíve taken part in the ceremonies, practices and social gatherings of different faiths and I try to read widely, as well as having written a couple of books myself. I savour everything I can learn about, from Carl Jung to Rudolf Steiner, as well as taking a keen interest in popular physics and the remarkable connections between many ancient views of the workings of the Cosmos and the discoveries of quantum science. I hope that I never lose a curiosity in the wonders of the life we are given, nor an eagerness to connect with the people I have the privilege of serving.

How I describe my ministry

Iím a traveller by nature and so have an itinerant ministry that doesn't tie me to a particular area. Right now, I have no permanent home, but aim to go where I feel led, currently mainly in the UK and shot hops across the Channel. So too, my ministry doesnít tie me down, whilst my interests and the particular concerns that Iím drawn to will most likely change over time. In ministry terms, I aim to serve whoever, wherever, and for whatever it seems right for me to do. I also try not to go where it doesnít feel right for me to venture, even if at times, this might seem like refusing a requested favour.

This is the prayer that I make every day as I end my morning meditation: Lord, what will you have me do today? Where will you have me go? What will you have me say? And to whom? I believe that, if Iím sufficiently open and willing, the Divine can breathe through me.

I like to talk to (my) God as a companion with whom I share my life Ė to be, as much as Iím able, Her/His eyes, ears, voice, hands and feet in the particular neck of the woods where Iím led. ĎCome on God, letís enjoy this together!í is my motto. But of course, I often falter in remembering this, and very easily drop back into my independent silo.

In spite of all this, I consider myself to be something of a maverick and someone who doesnít always conform to set approaches. Where creating ceremony is concerned, I will always work with whatever my client(s) want Ė what is personal and right for them. The same is true in spiritual counselling, although this always involves being open to however the conversation feels led, to not following a pre-decided agenda.

I believe strongly that most of us are ill-prepared for the key transitions and unexpected crises in life. Perhaps also, we donít stop often enough to give thanks , to celebrate and reaffirm what we've been given and wish to express our love and appreciation for.

Ministry is always changing, just as life is always changing. Iím sure that mine will continue to grow, as I learn and enjoy the privilege of sharing myself with many different people through the important moments in their lives.

In this brief video I talk a little about what I see my ministry is about. Simply click on the play button above to watch.

Where I practice

I am an itinerant, spending much of my time in the UK and in Continental Europe.

I also regularly house-sit, and hence move from place to place.

Normally, I practice mainly in the UK and easy-to-get-to European countries, (which includes most!), although I am happy to consider travelling elsewhere if you have a particular need.

Counselling can usually be offered via telephone, Skype, or VSee (a secure video service, similar to Skype), as well as face-to-face where logistics allow. These services aren't therefore restricted by location in the way that holding a ceremony is.

Code of Ethics and Code of Conduct

Please use the following links to find out about the Code of Ethics and Code of Conduct that I follow (including the complaint procedure of the One Spirit Interfaith Foundation).

I submit myself regularly for supervision, am properly insured to practice as a minister, and in the UK, have been DBS/CRB checked (against having a criminal record or other barring from working with vulnerable people).

My vow

My vow explains what I commit to do in following my ministry. This was carefully considered over several months during my seminary training and formed an important part of my promise made on ordination.

I will go Lord, if You lead me.

What this means: I vow to mindfully serve the spiritual needs of anyone where it is clear that I am meant to and to graciously consider all requests for spiritual support from people who are led to me. I deplore all forms of discrimination and embrace diversity. I vow to treat my role as a minister with full seriousness and, as best Iím able, to allow myself to be open to be used by the God of my understanding for whatever purpose and in whatever place He/She will have me be. I promise to be diligent in my spiritual practice, to receive feedback graciously and to present myself regularly for supervision. I will not undertake work that I donít feel is right, even if at times this might appear as though I am turning away from fair requests, neither will I act beyond the boundaries of my knowledge, training and calling; for example in giving advice that Iím not qualified to provide. I will do my best to set my ego aside when ministering, and will remember that the gifts that I have are given by God, and that I am just a man. I will approach my ministry prayerfully, and will dedicate myself with full professionalism and loyalty for the services that Iím asked to perform. I put my full trust in God to guide me and to help me in what I am called to do.

My network

I realise that I'm not always best qualified to help with every need and both my possible clients or I might feel that another person might be better suited for their needs. We are all different and it's important that we can feel comfortable saying when we feel that we might be better matched with someone else, especially for what will be a special occasion.

I'm therefore very happy to recommend one of my many wonderful friends and colleagues who have qualified as ministers when this seems to be most appropriate. Please don't be shy about telling me if you would like me to suggest others.

Please click here to find out more about my minister friends:
my network

How to contact me

I can be easily reached by one of the following means:

Clive Johnson
Phone:  +44 (0)7956 942980
Skype:  cliverj2