Interfaith Seminaries

AWAIC provides this listing of educational institutions and seminaries as a service to those seeking to explore Interfaith education and ordination. These Interfaith seminaries offer substantial, layered, ministry training programs. Some offer only in-person on-site classes and training, others offer an in-person OR distance learning programs with a limited in-person requirement, while still others offer mentored on-line or distance learning programs. All but three of these are based in the United States. One, the iNtuitive Times Institute, is in Canada, the International Academy of Interfaith Studies is based in Mexico, while the OneSpirit Foundation's minister training is at One Spirit UK, so obviously, it is based in the UK. Explore these seminaries with excerpts from the seminaries' own self-descriptions. Links are also provided to their websites for further exploration. This is a partial listing and is not, in any way, to be considered an endorsement. The selection of a learning organization is the sole responsibility of the seeker.

 
American Institute of Holistic Theology American Institute of Holistic Theology
If you are among the many people today who are seeking spiritual transformation through the growth of your own personal interfaith perspective, the American Institute of Holistic Theology offers the kind of inspirational education you can believe in. With an education from AIHT, not only can you transform and nurture in your own life and faith, but you can use this education to minister and serve others.

AIHT offers Ministerial Bachelors, Masters, and Doctorate Degrees, as well as Interfaith Minister ordination by the American Interfaith Holistic Temple.

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The Chaplaincy Institute The Chaplaincy Institute for Arts & Interfaith Ministry
Since 1999, The Chaplaincy Institute has been dedicated to educating and empowering a new breed of spiritual leaders -- those who seek to inspire healing, service and transformation for people of all spiritual paths. We offer inclusive, innovative and transformative programs for those who want to fully integrate their spirituality into where they walk in the world, regardless of who they are and how they serve.

The Chaplaincy Institute for Arts & Interfaith Ministries is based in Berkeley, California.

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The Chaplaincy Institute of Maine The Chaplaincy Institute of Maine
The Chaplaincy Institute of Maine (ChIME) is an interfaith wisdom school that offers an intensive two-year chaplaincy program for those seeking to deepen their spiritual growth or ordination as interfaith ministers. ChIME is an open community committed to transformation of the self and planet earth through education, ordination, support, celebration and service.
 

ChIME especially serves students who live in the Boston-to-Maine corridor.

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East-West Interfaith Seminary East-West Interfaith Seminary
What is unique about East-West is that it is an online global Interfaith Ministry Program set up as a one-on-one coaching model where the basics of Interfaith Ministry are taught through the use of the Internet and telephone.

At East-West Seminaries, we honor and share the teachings of all the world’s spiritual traditions, from Aboriginal to Zoroastrian, and we specialize in teaching about the healing traditions of the world’s cultures, from the indigenous and the ancient to the contemporary. Furthermore, we are particularly interested in the inner or mystical traditions of the world and their relationship to healing. We are also very committed to the role of Interfaith in world peace.

Interfaith Ministers are living bridges. We desire to add to our knowledge and appreciation of all the world’s faith and wisdom traditions; to deepen our own spiritual devotion and practice; and, most significantly, to bring a greater love and healing to the world.

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International Academy of Interfaith Studies International Academy of Interfaith Studies
The Academy provides (1) training to enhance knowledge about the major (and some of the minor) world religions, (2) training for those who wish to become Interfaith Ministers, and (3) training to become more effective at helping other people.

All programs and modules are developed from a secular point of view and are not designed to promote one religion over another or atheism. Instead stress is placed on promoting religious understanding and appreciation for its contribution to human society.

The International Academy primarily offers programs on-line, and is based in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.

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Intuitive Times Institute Intuitive Times Institute
The iNtuitive Times Institute is located in Prince Edward Island, CANADA. What is unique about NTI is that it is a support to a network of Interfaith Ministries (OIIM) and it embraces our two missions: (1) building bridges between the many faces of God, and (2) validating mystical experiences in a reverent and respectful context. Part of the training and follow-up to training is how to set up and run your Interfaith Ministry. Our motto is, “The Paths are Many, the Truth is One ~ Love Thy Neighbor.”

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International Seminary for Interfaith Studies (ISIS)
As we watch the world changing, we realize that what we taught in the past is not enough to deal with the global issues of this time. The world is changing at a rapid rate and there is a shift in the awareness. Future Interfaith Ministers need to be taught in a different way, something more substantial and spiritually grounding is needed. It is time to train Interfaith Ministers, as Gloria Karpinsky puts it, “to minister into the shift of consciousness that is happening on this planet right now.”

The Father of Interfaith and our beloved teacher, Rabbi Joseph Gelberman (of blessed memory) taught us “Never Instead Of…Always in Addition To.” It was his wish that we teach the basics of interfaith ministry, plus the consciousness of the Oneness of all life.

How to minister from that place of Oneness, & stay grounded & steady into the Shift that is growing more apparent every day, is what we are teaching at ISIS.

ISIS offers in-person and distance-learning options, and is based in New York City, NY.

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The New Seminary for Interfaith Studies The New Seminary for Interfaith Studies
As a professional institute for training Interfaith ministers, The New Seminary is committed to the integrity of the individual and the individual’s own spiritual search. We honor all paths leading toward a deepening of one’s relationship with the “Higher Power,” God, Goddess, Oneness, Spirit, etc…and with all of life. This mystery of life, its meaning and purpose, is the basis of study at The New Seminary.

Since 1979, we have been preparing graduates to perform a wide range of ministerial functions. Over 2,500 graduates have passed through our Interfaith Seminary and into the world developing and designing worship services, performing various kinds of ceremonies and rites of passage, and offering spiritual counseling to those in need. Others of our graduates define their ministries with the phrase “Sacred Activism.” We are proud and humbled by all those who choose this Interfaith path. We hope that we may together make a difference in the world. This is a rewarding path that honors the divine in all.

The New Seminary offers in-person and distance-learning options, and is based in New York City, NY.

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One Spirit Interfaith Foundation One Spirit Interfaith Foundation
We join in the awakening of an inclusive global spirituality, in ourselves and in the world, through training and enabling open-hearted men and women to serve people of all faiths and none in our diverse communities.

One Spirit Interfaith Foundation is inclusive, embracing the universal truth at the heart of all spiritual traditions. Incorporating the Interfaith Seminary and the Interfaith Ministers Association, the Foundation celebrates the values of respect, reconciliation, forgiveness and fellowship. We honour and support peace-making and the awareness of our unity in Spirit. We believe that difference, when approached as a potential source of enrichment, need not be experienced as a threat. Old dichotomies of 'us' versus 'them' do not serve the healing of our world. Thus our focus is on removing, within ourselves, the obstacles to unity.

We whole-heartedly support all the many interfaith initiatives that encourage dialogue and understanding between religions. We look for even deeper dimensions of unity, where we can recognise every human being as a facet of the One Spirit, a reflection of something in ourselves. We see the interfaith concept as a powerful invitation not just to tolerance, but acceptance; not only to dialogue, but brother/sisterhood.

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One Spirit Learning Alliance One Spirit Learning Alliance
One Spirit Learning Alliance offers an opportunity to learn about the world’s great spiritual traditions, deepen one’s own spiritual life, while becoming ordained as an Interfaith Minister. OSIS draws from the resources of the great wisdom teachings, both ancient and modern, to increase appreciation for the diversity of life and to nurture a direct experience of the unity that underlies it.

One Spirit Learning Alliance offers students an understanding of the world’s major wisdom traditions, practices, and rituals; an opportunity to deepen your own spiritual practice, and learn to help others develop theirs; clarity on fundamental psychological principles as they apply to everyday life; skills to serve others, formally and informally, as an ordained Interfaith minister in roles (such as pastor, spiritual counsellor, or officiant of life-cycle celebrations); enhanced spiritual growth through the exploration of other wisdom traditions; renewed commitment to spiritual practice as the foundation for service; firsthand experience of spiritual practices from different traditions; improved listening skills; greater self-acceptance and inner peace; and an understanding of the individual and cultural differences that make each of us unique.

One Spirit Learning Alliance offers in-person and distance-learning options, and is based in New York City, NY.

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School of Sacred Ministries School of Sacred Ministries
The School of Sacred Ministries is a divinity school devoted to training interfaith candidates for ordination. Through the understanding of the world’s major spiritual beliefs, customs, and religions we offer the opportunity for people to become leaders in sharing the acceptance of all spiritual paths.

Our primary focus is to provide the finest teaching staff available. Our secondary goal is to attract students who feel deeply committed to finding a way to live their lives in a manner that supports them as well as the spiritual community. We do not seek to sway anyone to any other belief system. We simply support people in the faith they have chosen to practice.

The School of Sacred Ministries is based in Doylestown, PA, and especially serves students based in eastern Pennsylvania and adjoining New Jersey.

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Tree of Life School for Sacred Living Tree of Life School for Sacred Living
The vision of The Tree of Life Interfaith Seminary includes the following:
  • Redefining "ministry" for the coming age. Instead of asking, "To what religion should I belong?" we ask, "What does God want from my life? What is my unique soul print? What is my treasure?" From our deepest knowing we may discover we are, in fact, drawn to an existing faith tradition, or are drawn to forge new paths within an existing faith tradition or, perhaps, forge a new path altogether.
  • Provide opportunities for each participant to experience an innate connection with the Creator. We understand that, while we will always have and need teachers, healers and guides on the path, we are intimately connected to the Divine Source.
  • Cultivate and celebrate the awareness that each of us is a treasure and that we each have a unique part to play in the Divine plan.
  • Offer a systematic methodology, including tools and a treasure map, to support the journey to discover the inner treasure.
  • Offer guidance and support for each participant to explore and excavate this unique treasure from the deep caves of spiritual practice and silence.
  • Support each participant in offering his/her unique inner treasure in service to the greater good.

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