Toronto Inspires when effervescence cultural producer a.k.a. community builder, Carolyn Taylor, turns her irrepressible energy upward to create Rev’d Up, a new ministry that bridges the sacred and the secular in imaginative ways and asks “What’s your sacred?”.
For more than two decades, Carolyn has been an arts and culture impresario. Innovative and accessible creative and social change initiatives, such as McLuhan100, Municipal Mind, Urban Screens Toronto, Humanitas, World Youth Centre, The Word on the Street, and Artsweek came to fruition largely due to her sheer and indomitable dedication to the work and the city. These significant achievements make for an impressive career. However, her decision to turn her attention to a less tangible landscape by becoming a conduit for others to (re)discover their own spirituality is an equally, perhaps more, uplifting personal story.
Often, there comes a point in one’s professional career when a desired overhaul may seem too daunting and unrealistic. Carolyn, however, is proof-positive that mid-career re-alignment is possible, once the heart and mind begin moving in the same direction. At 50, Carolyn officially transformed from arts maven to ordained interfaith minister. In September, 2012, she performed her first wedding ceremony.
The metamorphosis was not immediate. Prior to her transition, much time was spent questioning, analyzing and contemplating her own situation; and how she might create a more authentic, essential connection with what gives life purpose. Then, what in hind-sight seems like almost overnight, she took her own leap of faith.
Never one to take on challenges in half-measures, in 2009 she enrolled in Master of Theological Studies at U of T’s Elliot Allen Institute of Ecology & Theology, and her eco-theologian designation is currently in-progress. From 2010 to 2012, she completed her Interfaith Minister designation at One Spirit Interfaith Seminary in New York. Both of these accomplishments have been achieved, while still having her very active finger in some high-profile cultural pies—Cape Farewell Canada, for example.
She describes herself as having “an affinity for the culturally curious and open-minded” and Rev’d Up as a space where all who “yearn for exposure to beautiful ideals and nourishing spiritual practices” are welcome. Offering collaborative traditional and interfaith ceremonies, as well as entirely new rituals, such as the Blessing of the Bicycles, speak to her contemporary and open-hearted approach.
To learn more about Carolyn, The Sacred Sandbox, or to ponder What’s your sacred?, visit Rev’d Up. Will she try to convert you to something? In her words: “Not a chance. There’s nothing here to convert to.”
Inspirational Takeaway: It’s never too late to pursue your own sacred.
Another reason Toronto Inspires: Shared by Lynda C.