Retired Interfaith Minister
you’re such a tease!
You have all these mouth pieces
reps, ministers, preachers, philosophers
who speak from authority
did you send them?
You’re such a tease!
You’ve clearly said, I am with you always
but when it’s our turn to seek
You can’t be found with the naked eye
do you plan that?
You’re such a tease!
The game of hide and seek
only works when
You agree to play fair
did you know we meant our fair, not yours?
You’re such a tease
But I don’t give up easy!
Sharon Lopez Mooney, published poet, Interfaith Minister, spiritual coach
Writing as a Spiritual Practice
I have been a poet/writer for over 40 years in different genres and different jobs. Now, retired, I sit here at the foot of the sacred Mt Tetakawi, happily living in Sonora Mexico, on the shore of the bahia to the great Sea of Cortez. Poetry is my primary interface into the world.
I was born a midwesterner, and then at 30, moved with my young family to rural Northern California where I lived for 40 years, and my grown children and grandchildren thrive still.
In 1975, I received a California Arts Council Grant to establish a local poetry reading series; I was a co-publisher of a small regional arts journal, 'Fallow Deer', while being a partner in 'Straight Talk Distributing', an independent, alternative literature service. By then my poems had been published in journals and anthologies. And then a profound quiet settled on my creativity when my love died at forty-four, after we had spent twenty-eight intimate years together loving, growing and raising our amazing family.
After almost three decades of organizational writing and silent personal writing, my poetic voice wanted to speak out loud again, to share my deep learning and speak out about women, hate and fear, the Beloved, and the profound daily life of the natural world and people around me. My intention in my writing is to share the perspective and wisdom I’ve gained, and to lay my shoulder to the wheel of breaking open the world into new possibilities.
My main life focus is aging with grace, breathing, writing and loving.
My 'Call' to Ministry
My ordination as an Interfaith Minister came after a thirty-five year spiritual quest. My work has always had at its heart, human communication, and so it was a natural evolution into work that provides spiritual companionship to others in their conversation with their spiritual selves.
I am inspired by the people who have been open to sharing their spiritual journey with me. I am, myself, nourished by the gift of their trust in my companionship through whatever transition they are facing. It has also been a profound privilege to stand at the threshold of death with people and their families, helping to recognize and honor the sacredness of the life that is passing.
The practice of my ministry is open to people of any and all spiritual traditions, those with a church, those without a church, those of no specific spiritual tradition, and those of no spiritual beliefs.
Reverend Sharon Mooney completed Seminary and Ordination at The Chaplaincy Institute, an Interfaith Seminary. She is a Chaplain, trained in Clinical Pastoral Education by ACPE & CPSP. She was Certified as a Professional Behavioral & Attitude Analyst in 2002, and was certified as a Re-Evaluation Counselor in 1981.