Hello and Welcome
I am Carolanne , and I am an ordained Interfaith Minister which means for me I am committed to serving the spiritual needs of all regardless of faith – and those who have no faith. I will serve all living beings equally, offering counsel and support regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation, ethnic background, social background and status, gender or age.
After varying experiences with religion, I found myself unsure of beliefs and treading a spiritual path without any particular system attached to it. One thing I was very clear about was that I didn’t want to be told what to believe or think. I happened upon Onespirit Interfaith Seminary after years of searching for my ‘right fit’. It took me another couple of years and some huge life events for me to pursue this further.
Having completed training as a Celebrant my interest in ceremony continued, however my love and passion for ceremony has grown through the training in Interfaith – where ceremony is held as sacred and is relevant to many life situations and transitions. I love the ritual and sacred nature of ceremony and my aim is to make ceremony a part of life for everyone regardless of faith and belief.
Ceremonies I offer include: Healing, Wedding, Commitment, Vow Renewal, Baby Blessing, Naming Ceremony, Celebration of Life, Rites of Passage, Birthday, Beginnings and Endings, Memorials, and indeed anything that you may want to celebrate with a bespoke Ceremony created specifically for you.
I am a member of ROSIM (Register of OneSpirit Ministers) and am therefore bound by their conditions of membership, which includes my continued commitment to my personal vow and the vows I made at Ordination, adherence to the code of ethics as well as meeting the requirements for supervision, ongoing learning, professional indemnity insurance.
My Personal Vow
I vow to open my heart to all beings equally and to serve all in joy, peace, love and compassion.
I made the following vows during ordination -
To be inclusive, serving without discriminating on the basis of race, age, gender, religious affiliation, ethnic background, economic status, differing ability, sexual orientation or any other discriminating distinction.
To continue to deepen in my own spiritual practice, that the service I offer others may always be grounded in the integrity of an authentic and evolving spiritual life.
To fulfil, to the best of my ability, the personal vow.
To actively engage with the OneSpirit Interfaith Foundation’s code of ethics
Why I chose OneSpirit & Interfaith Ministry
Interfaith teaches interfaith ministry, spiritual leadership, sacred activism, ritual, spiritual counselling and the worlds main faith paths to enable ministers to save people of all faiths.
I was particularly drawn to their code of ethics which align with my own values.
OneSpirit Interfaith Foundation - Code of Ethics
To promote integrity in our training and practice, the staff, students and ministers of One Spirit Interfaith Foundation commit ourselves to the following precepts:
Remembering our unity, honouring our uniqueness
We aim to keep our hearts and minds open to everyone, celebrating difference but not separation. We refuse to marginalise people on the basis of age, disability, state of health, race, gender, nationality, religion, sexuality, economic status or any other distinction.
Walking our talk
We understand the importance of practising what we preach and agree to uphold the ethical and practical principles of the spiritual path we follow. We recognise that all paths emphasise the importance of honesty, respecting self and others, non-stealing and non-harming.
Knowing that truthfulness brings freedom, we aim to cultivate conscious and clean communication. We aim to speak and listen as truly as we can, being mindful that our words are kind, true and useful.
Since we value purity of awareness, we support each other in exercising maturity over the ingestion of intoxicants or mind-altering substances.
Honouring physical boundaries
In order to create safe space for the opening of our hearts and minds, we aim to be sensitive and respectful in expressing physical affection. Mindful of the power our position as teacher, counsellor or minister may bring.
Representing ourselves accurately
Since we strive for integrity, we understand the importance of not misleading others about the services we can offer, and not exaggerating our professional achievements. Further, we commit ourselves to open and just dealings in all of our financial transactions.
We honour the sacred trust between a spiritual counsellor and a client, and between a minister and the community served, and promise to hold any personal information in the strictest confidence within the law. The same applies to our group settings, so that a safe space is created for heartfelt sharing.
Valuing support and supervision
We acknowledge the need for supervision and guidance beyond our years of study at The Interfaith Seminary. We commit to regular supervision of our spiritual counselling and ministry work.
Committed to continued awakening
We understand that our spiritual unfolding is an ongoing process and dedicate ourselves to continually deepening our personal spiritual practice, that our service may be grounded in an authentic and evolving spiritual life.
Safeguarding the whole
We commit, where necessary, to lovingly call to attention, either one-to-one or through our peer group, any issue that may place another in danger or compromise the good reputation of interfaith ministers however difficult this may seem.
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