Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgendered Ministers
The OneSpirit Interfaith Foundation refuses to discriminate or marginalise people on the basis of age, disability, race, gender, nationality, religion, sexuality, income or any other distinction.
We welcome and work with people in a way that fully accepts their uniqueness and respects their differences. A significant proportion of our ordained ministers are gay, lesbian or bisexual. For some of us, this ready acceptance of our sexuality was an important aspect in being trained by OneSpirit. Several of us work largely or exclusively within the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered communities.
All OneSpirit ministers will respect and accept your sexuality. Our ministers are available to support you through:
- Conducting wedding and civil partnership ceremonies with a spiritual dimension
- Spiritual counselling, supervision or direction
- Relationship counselling
- Bereavement counselling
- Support around sexual healing or abuse (we do not seek to change your sexual identity)
There is a network for all LGBT students and ministers within the OneSpirit Interfaith Foundation. The following members of the network are also on the Register of Interfaith Ministers:
Rev Anthea Ballam, in Brighton
Rev Jamilla Lilian Clesham, in Sheffield
Rev Rebecca D’Arcy, in Brighton
Rev Ceris Fender-Reid, in London
Rev Richard Nickols, in London
Rev Phil Parkinson, in Lancashire
Rev Tim Pickles, in Cumbria
Rev Elinor Prędota, in Dumfries & Galloway
Rev Felice Rhiannon, in Brighton
Rev Paul Sandford, in Hemel Hempstead
Rev Peter Wood, in Newark on Trent
You can search for an interfaith minister in your area on our Register.
Legal standing of ministers
OneSpirit interfaith ministers come under the legal category of ‘non-conformist’, and as with all faith and belief communities other than the Church of England, are ordained and certified by our own self-governing community, operating independently of the state. Marriage ceremonies are the only aspect of ministry in which specific legal aspects apply.
In Scotland, Northern and Southern Ireland OneSpirit ministers are recognised by the Registrar’s office as able to perform full legal wedding ceremonies.
In Scotland: OneSpirit interfaith ministers are authorised to hold legal marriage ceremonies, including opposite sex marriage, same sex marriage and same sex civil partnerships. Ceremonies can be held in any appropriate place and at any time. Interfaith ministers from other parts of the UK can apply for temporary permission to hold a wedding in Scotland.
In Ireland: OneSpirit interfaith ministers who are on the Register of Solemnisers a can perform a legal wedding including same-sex marriage. Ceremonies can take place on any day of the week and at an outside venue if the couple wishes (as long as the venue has an identifiable address and has public access). OneSpirit ministers resident in the UK who wish to marry a couple in Ireland can apply for temporary solemniser status which will usually be granted. OneSpirit ministers in Ireland cannot perform same-sex civil partnerships.
In England and Wales: a minister can perform a wedding blessing ceremony at any indoor or outdoor venue with no legal restrictions, and the couple will generally hold the legal element of the marriage at a registry office beforehand.
All our graduates adhere to a clear Code of Ethics and Registered Ministers are also required to hold professional indemnity insurance.