Poet 

Interfaith  Minister

 Poem 

Hey God,

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

 naked curiosity,

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

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, happily living in Mexico, poetry is my primary interface into the world. I lived 40 years in Northern California where 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. My poems had been published in several journals and anthologies. And then a profound quiet settled on my creativity when my love died at fourty-four, and we had spent twenty-eight intimate years together raising a family.

 

After almost three decades of silent writing, my poetic voice wanted to speak out again, 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 is a Certified Professional Behavioral & Attitude Analyst in 2002, and was certified as a Re-Evaluation Counselor in 1981.