Rev. Peter Fairbrother | Ministries in Self-care
Throughout my life I've felt called to spiritual exploration. My journey began with Catholicism; the religion I was born into and grew up with, and continued through my twenties and thirties with expeditions into Protestantism, earth based traditions, New Age philosophies, and Spiritualism.
It was within Spiritualism that I first experienced a deep sense of connection to faith-based community. In 2006 I joined a local Spiritualist church and began development as a spiritual healer. I served for eight years, latterly leading services of meditation and healing.
In Spiritualism I thought that I had found my spiritual home, but as time passed I continued to hear the calling to further exploration. Eventually I found my way to the OneSpirit Interfaith Foundation and to training for interfaith ministry.
The two year training programme for interfaith ministry involved studying the world's major religions, training in spiritual counselling (sometimes referred to as deep listening/ spiritual accompaniment), in holding ceremony, and a deepening into personal spiritual practice.
The training has had an enormous impact on my life. It has inspired me to look afresh at how I am with myself and others. It has challenged my understanding of healing and what it is to be a healer. And it has gifted me with an revitalised awareness of the importance of loving myself more as the starting point to manifesting love in the world. Subsequently, I've come to recognise my lifelong calling to spiritual exploration as a calling to love, to self-care, from the inside out.
I was ordained as a OneSpirit Interfaith Minister in 2016. I am a member of the Register of OneSpirit Interfaith Ministers (ROSIM). Conditions of membership include confirmation of my ongoing commitment to my personal vow and ordination vows, to OneSpirit’s Code of Ethics, as well as meeting the requirements for supervision, ongoing learning, professional indemnity insurance, and agreeing to abide by OneSpirit’s complaints policy.