Jude Mills – She/They
I am an interfaith minister and spiritual counsellor, having trained with One Spirit Interfaith Foundation. I am an NHS hospital chaplain, Yoga and meditation teacher and practitioner, and Master’s student in Public Theology. I have studied extensively over several years in Christian theology, traditional Druidry, Yoga philosophy, Celtic Spirituality and Celtic Christian Ministry.
I have thirty+ years’ experience as a performing artist, group work facilitator and teacher. I graduated from the University of Glasgow in 1989 with an MA in theatre and music and spent a number of years as a community arts facilitator before moving into teaching and training and taking postgraduate studies in psychology. As well as my job as a part-time healthcare chaplain, I am also a Yoga teacher, complementary therapist, and certified embodiment facilitator. I specialise in yoga for people living with cancer, and teach yoga teachers to offer this work.
I am a Scot, living in East Sussex on the South Coast of England, where I studied for my PGCert in creative writing at the University of Brighton. I write – poetry and non-fiction – paint, make music, take photographs and enjoy experiencing artistic expression in all its forms.
My personal spiritual practice is constantly evolving but it remains deeply rooted in Christian Mysticism, informed by my own forays into Celtic Christianity and Christo Druidry and my practices of Yoga and Zen meditation. I am a practising member of an inclusive Anglo-Catholic Church, where I offer my gifts of music, writing and preaching.
My relationship to, and fascination with this great mystery has been lifelong. Fundamentally I believe what John says, that God is Love.
What is an Interfaith Minister?
As the name suggests, Interfaith Ministers are able to minister to people of all faiths, and of none. It is important to say that we are not traditional ministers of religion, nor Christian priests. OneSpirit is not a religious faith, nor a church. It has no doctrines, and the vows we take are personal, not institutional. We do however, adhere to a code of ethics if we engage in public ministry or spiritual counselling.
For that reason interfaith ministers are free to follow their own spiritual path and tradition. Many – like me – have their own particular faith path or tradition that they follow – such as Christianity, Buddhism, Judaism, Hinduism, Islam, or Paganism. Many would describe themselves as ‘spiritual but not religious’. Whatever their own personal path, OneSpirit Interfaith Ministers embrace and honour the universal truth – the OneSpirit – that lies at the heart of all spiritual traditions.
To one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the discernment of spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. All these are activated by one and the same Spirit, who allots to each one individually just as the Spirit chooses. (1 Corinthians 12: 1-11)