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Embrace Your Spiritual Calling with the Birch Pathway at OneSpirit – Enrolment is Now Open for Our Two-Year Ministry Training Program!
We’re thrilled to extend a warm and heartfelt invitation to all seekers and visionaries: come embark on an enriching journey with us on the Birch Pathway, a vibrant new online destination woven with spiritual insight and ministerial nurturing. Imagine a space specifically sculpted to deepen your personal growth and ready you for a fulfilling path of transformative service. As you journey with us, you’ll discover the Four Pillars of Growth—a harmonious blend of practices aimed at fostering embodied self-awareness, nurturing an unwavering empathetic connection, encouraging holistic development of mind, body, and spirit, and guiding you in the creation of a ministry that truly reflects your personal vision and compassion.
But that’s not all. Our programme is enriched with Six Integrative Strands, each representing a distinct yet interconnected facet of spiritual training. From embracing the rich tapestry of diverse faith traditions to mastering the sacred art of ceremony and ritual, from honing your ability to listen empathetically to supporting others on their spiritual journeys, and from engaging in introspective practices for psycho-spiritual growth to actively participating in community service—each strand interweaves to create a comprehensive learning experience.
We welcome you to delve into the details by visiting our Training Overview Page. Remember, the Birch Pathway is more than a mere training programme—it’s an invitation to a transformative expedition that promises to reveal your true potential, foster communal learning, and celebrate a shared vision of spiritual leadership and harmony.
Join us, and let’s embark on this beautiful journey together. Your pathway to a life filled with purpose and passion starts here, with us. Enrolment is now open until September 30th.
OneSpirit exists to serve people of all faiths and none. Our purpose is to promote respect and understanding between those of different beliefs. We do not promote any particular religious affiliation, belief or doctrine as part of our mission. We are driven by the desire to unite voices, skills, and individuals from all walks of life in a shared space – fostering deep listening, connection, and community.
Born out of a response to the horrors of the Holocaust, our organisation is founded on the desire to promote peace in the world by deepening our capacity for understanding and dialogue, and encouraging and equipping others to do the same. OneSpirit is a beacon illuminating the power of human connection, compassion, and transformation. Throughout our existence, our narrative has continuously been redefined while our heart remains the same – steadfast in our commitment to peace-building, empathy, and acceptance, fundamental elements of our enduring mission.
Established in 1996, OneSpirit is an educational charity that embraces and serves all – those with a faith and those without. We offer a diverse array of short courses exploring themes such as peace-making, inner leadership, sacred activism, embracing diversity, and spiritual counselling. Furthermore, our 2-year Ministry training program nurtures individuals called to serve others, aligning with their authentic selves. We help to educate and enable those called to serve people of all faiths in our diverse communities.
OneSpirit Interfaith Foundation, born in the 1970s, wove a journey of unity from diversity and pain. Global peace and healing were its guiding light, led by visionary minds such as Rabbi Gelberman and Miranda Macpherson. Over five decades, OneSpirit nurtured interfaith dialogue, maturing into a vibrant, inclusive community providing spiritual support to all. It evolved as a beacon of hope, offering training transcending boundaries, and touching many lives.
Today, OneSpirit stands as a beacon of hope and transformation, offering training that transcends traditional boundaries to touch the lives of many. In an era marked by beauty, suffering, and intricate challenges, our work has never been more pertinent. As we continue to open our doors wider, inviting more souls to cross the threshold into a shared journey of spiritual discovery, we remain committed to embodying the heart’s truth and extending compassionate support to all corners of our interconnected world.
OneSpirit Interfaith Foundation presents a diverse selection of courses, retreats, workshops, and much more, specifically designed for ministers and the broader public. We lovingly invite you to immerse yourself in the core aspects of spirituality and inclusivity, facilitated by our distinguished OneSpirit faculty and affiliated members.
We provide live courses (both online and in-person to cater to various preferences), ensuring that all who want to participate are able, no matter their location. We’ve pursued this approach because we recognise the distinct needs of our community, and firmly believe that anyone seeking personal growth should have the opportunity to achieve it.
Who are Our Interfaith Ministers?
Nurturing unique individuals in diverse spiritual landscapes, our ministers are friendly guides for spiritual growth and committed workers beyond societal boundaries. With an alumni network of over 1,000 ministers, they provide personalised ceremonies, rituals, and spiritual accompaniment for various occasions, including weddings, funerals, and blessings. Our ministers also offer coaching, chaplaincy, healing therapies, inspirational talks and creative workshops.
Their presence enriches life’s special moments as they celebrate and honour wholesome humanity. Seeking a ceremony reflecting your personal values?
What is Interfaith?
“There is only one river. There is only one sea. And it flows through you, and it flows through me. There is only one people. We are one and the same. We are all one spirit. We are all one name.” – Peter Yarrow
“An Interfaith Minister is truly the bridge between faith and no faith – bringing love to the focus. Whether you have a set belief or believe in the power of people or love; an Interfaith Minister seeks to promote your own wholeness.”
“We are on Earth to take care of life. We are on Earth to take care of each other.” – Xiye Bastida
“Interfaith is not a religion. It walks among the religions. Interfaith begins when we create a bridge between one set of beliefs and traditions and another… An Interfaith Minister ideally is one who turns towards all, regardless of their beliefs or practices, with an open heart and mind, offering them a mirror to their own wholeness and their own divinity.” – OneSpirit Minister, Susanna Stefanachi Macomb
Upcoming Courses, Workshops, and Retreats…
This Circle is designed to offer you a structured space to meet with like-minded people to develop and stay in touch with your own regular spiritual practice. Each month will act as a drop-in space, so you can commit to as many sessions as you feel will be beneficial for your own journey. The Circle launches in February 2024 and will run for six months. More here…
Delve into the dynamics of racism in this enlightening & educational course! Create a respectful & compassionate space, and face racism head-on. In our 6th workshop, we’ve refined content with wisdom from dedicated black professionals. Come join us and make a difference. This highly requested workshop is returning in February 2024 and will run once a week for four weeks. More here…
Sacred Activism: Living Non-Violence
Eager to embrace non-violence and unlock your inner strength without turning to aggression? Our comprehensive short course dives into non-violence, both as a spiritual pursuit and a contemporary movement, equipping you with invaluable tools such as meditation, collaborative sharing, profound insights, and so much more! This course debuts in May 2024 and runs for five sessions. More here…
Story, Self, and Spirit
Embark on an enchanting journey to explore the narrative of your life with the Story, Self, and Spirit course. Led by a seasoned storyteller, this course invites you to delve into the world’s folktales and myths, sparking your imagination and personal growth. Due to popular demand, this course is returning in April 2024 and offers a monthly oasis — a chance to engage at your pace, crafting and rediscovering the stories that shape you. Join us and weave your spiritual tapestry. More here…