One Spirit Interfaith Community Ceremonies
In normal times I hold One Spirit Interfaith ceremonies in my local town Bandon, County Cork, on the Celtic Festivals –ceremonies of meditative readings, contemplative silence , sharing and song – with the support of my companion minister Susie Nares who is so talented at bringing music and sound into the ceremonies.
These gatherings are offered as an opportunity for those of all traditions and none to come together to share time in contemplative silence, in song, in listening to devotional readings, and in reflection.
However during the time of the first Great Pause, created by the coronavirus, as we couldn't meet together physically, I began to send out each monthly ceremony by email to anyone who wished to participate. I suggested that those who wished could find a quiet place at the appointed time, and read the ceremony meditatively,knowing that I and others would be also joining in this.
It felt important to acknowledge that an indwelling sense of sacred connection can be found (perhaps more deeply) without using technology in order to see each other.
We do not need to be in the same space to share love and connection.
So now when we are able to meet again physically, I am still sending out each ceremony to the wider circle of people who wish to join us in gathering...and to use the ceremony in whatever way and whenever they choose. I am also experimenting with sending an audio version!
"I thoroughly enjoyed the spring celebration.
It gave me time to pause and be still and look at balance in my life. I hope to
be able to come to more of these in the future. It’s such a wonderful service
to have in the community!! " Izzie
'I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for allowing me to part of your beautiful Imbolc Ceremony. I found the experience both moving and spiritual from start to finish. Although we have never met, I believe I felt your guidance throughout the ceremony. What a wonderful gift to have and to share you are blessed. The music, songs, poems were beautiful choices for the journey and yes, I was moved to dance(not a pretty sight most of the time). I am constantly amazed at the things that have an intense effect on me. A daffodil which is probably one of my favourite spring flowers to look at because it evokes lovely memories for me, but, last night, I found myself really studying it and realised I had forgotten its scent! Made me think what else in nature, my life, my spirituality am I not fully noticing, remembering or appreciating.' Fiona
“What if religion was each other? If our practice was our life?
If prayer was our words?
What if the temple was the Earth?
If forests were our church?
If holy water - the rivers, lakes, and oceans?
What if meditation was our relationships?
If the Teacher was life?
If wisdom was knowledge?
If love was the center of our being.”
― Ganga White