What is an Interfaith Minister?

#MonthofMinistry Day 3 (yes, I am getting a bit behind here!)

Day 3: What is an 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.

Personally, I don’t see this so much in terms of dialogue between the various faith paths or religious traditions (though whatever can be done to support trust and understanding in that area can only be helpful). Nor is it about trying to find commonalities between different faith paths.

For me, it’s more about drawing on what is best in all these traditions and working towards an expression of authentic spirituality that helps support us all (including those who feel alienated from traditional spiritual paths) in the direction of connectedness and compassion.

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