Interfaith Seminary training
The Interfaith Seminary trains interfaith minsters and spiritual counsellors. This is a ground-breaking study programme for spiritually committed people who feel called to broaden their spirituality and their appreciation of other traditions, and to open to a life of service.
We welcome enquiries and applications to join the seminary programme at any time.
Located within the One Spirit Interfaith Foundation, the Interfaith Seminary trains open-hearted men and women in an inclusive global spirituality, to serve people from all faiths or none.
This experiential programme is designed to deepen each person's awakening process as the basis for effective service. It provides a powerful and supportive structure in which to:
Study aspects of the world's major faiths and mystical traditions
- Create and present rituals and ceremonies
- Explore and practise Spiritual Counselling
- Substantially deepen your personal spiritual life and practice
- Refine your capacity to be a loving presence in the world
There are various course options for undertaking the training. We welcome everyone who feels called to deepen their understanding and awareness of true Self and Spirit. We are committed to sharing our journey of exploration into what it means to be human, and how to serve Life, God, the Source of All, in myriad ways, both secular and sacred. In keeping with our Code of Ethics, we keep our hearts and minds open to everyone, celebrating difference but not separation. We refuse to marginalise people on the basis of age, disability, state of health, race, gender, nationality, religion, sexuality, economic status or any other distinction.
"This course fulfills my curiousity about traditions, religion, people and spirituality whilst developing my own spiritual growth in an environment of unconditional love. The training so far has been beyond what I could have expected. I have met the most amazing people, students, teachers and guest speakers."
Sharon Austin, Student, Manchester Training Programme
We warmly invite you to consider whether this spiritual training might be part of your own path into an ever-deepening experience of love, awakening and service. We hold a series of Introductory Days where you can meet tutors, ministers and other students, and you can read more about our enrolment process. Our training dates are usually published a year in advance. There is also a student forum for current students.
One student's experience
In 2010, one minister sponsored an award for a written reflective article that captured the student's experience of his or her training in the Seminary. The Second Year Student Award was given to Rev Nicola Alan. Her reflection begins:
“I know that having a community of people around”, I heard myself say at the open day in London, “is going to be very important for me”. Really?! My husband had decided to come to the open day with me. I was fine with that; I would after all have two years of my own space doing my own thing. I needed it. But he and the universe had other ideas. Despite my railings, the two of us journeyed to Scotland together in November 2008 for our first residential week-end. We gathered in the Skye room at the Gillis Centre and began with a ‘getting to know you’ game, during which I discovered that the community which was, by my own admission, to be so important to me, included a witch, a shaman and Miss Fluffy....."
And the rest of her article can be read by clicking on the document link attached to this page.
Rev Brendan Johnson - 2011
In July 2009, I found myself in a Church in Notting Hill Gate, watching with some suspicion as my wife attended an open day for something called 'The Interfaith Foundation', she'd not long dropped out of something very weird, and fairly damaging, so I was there to make sur
Rev Sarah Varney - A Review of the Seminary Training 2010
I trained in Edinburgh with The Interfaith Seminary, our course was run as residential weekends. The location was The Gillis Centre which is a large, austere, grey stone Catholic Centre. The first weekend was very exciting. As we stood and introduced ourselves I was a little concerned that I was the only one not drawn through vast positivity to the seminary.....more
e she didn't sign up to another dodgy thing (I'm well qualified in spotting dodgy and weird)...... more
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