Frequently asked questions

What is a OneSpirit Interfaith minister?

Trained by the OneSpirit Interfaith Foundation, interfaith ministers aim to be of service to people of all faiths and none. We celebrate life, support spiritual awakening and encourage exploration of life’s deeper meanings. We celebrate the values of respect, reconciliation, forgiveness and fellowship. We believe that difference need not be experienced as a threat but can be approached as a potential source of enrichment.
I completed the two-year training course and was ordained in 2021. You can view the profiles of my fellow ministers on the OneSpirit website:

What is the Register of OneSpirit Interfaith Ministers?

The Register of OneSpirit Interfaith Ministers (ROSIM) is the professional register of OneSpirit graduate ministers. As a member of ROSIM, I subscribe to the OneSpirit code of ethics, undertake ongoing learning and supervision, and have professional indemnity insurance. ROSIM also has a complaints policy.

Who do you work with?

I am open to working with anyone.
Many people do not identify with a particular religion or spiritual tradition, and yet do not feel aligned with a purely humanist or atheist approach. I aim to work with you to incorporate whatever elements help you experience deep loving connection with others and the world around us.
Have a read of the rest of this site to get a feel for whether my values would be a good fit for your ceremony…

Are you a Humanist?

No. Humanists celebrate the value in what makes us unique as human beings, and believe that we can live ethical and fulfilling lives on the basis of reason and humanity. They do not find ideas of “spirit”, “god”, or “the divine” helpful, so a humanist celebrant will typically not incorporate any spiritual or religious elements in your ceremony. As a OneSpirit minister I welcome whatever is meaningful to you.
If you feel the humanist approach might be a better fit for you, there are several organisations offering humanist ceremonies in Scotland, including: Humanist Society Scotland, Humanism in Scotland and Independent Humanist Ceremonies.

Where can I have my ceremony?

Anywhere you like, within reason!
In Scotland it is legal to have a wedding almost anywhere (with the landowner’s permission of course).
I love to work outdoors in the natural environment (but bear in mind that the Scottish weather can be challenging – I would not recommend the top of a mountain in midwinter). As a ceremony can be a very personal event, you might want to choice a place where you will have a reasonable level of privacy.

Are you able to perform legally-binding weddings?

As a OneSpirit Interfaith minister, I am able to solomnise marriages and civil partnerships in Scotland, for same-sex or mixed-sex couples. That means you are able to have both the personal, sacred declaration of your love and committent, and the formal legal process, at the same time, in the same ceremony.
Of course there are various legal requirements and forms you have to fill in, and I will help you navigate your way through these. There is some useful guidance on what’s involved on this web page:

What does it cost?

Every ceremony is bespoke, designed to meet your needs, so it’s hard to give a fixed price. As a guide, a typical wedding ceremony might cost around £650, while I would charge around £200 for a funeral.
I would also ask for expenses to cover any travel and accommodation required.