About the Training
The consciousness of humanity has big challenges to face. Grounded, open-hearted adults with spiritual vision and inner purpose are a blessing to this world – whether they seek to discover their own answers to these challenges or choose in addition to guide, serve and heal others.
Interfaith ministry, like all true ministry, must be a living expression of our deepest spiritual values. 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.
Awakening to Unity
OneSpirit honours both the head and the heart as holy ground. We offer a balance between process and study, emphasising the importance of experiential as well as intellectual learning. The underlying purpose of the curriculum is to facilitate each participant’s awakening to Unity – within Ourselves, with all of Humanity and all of Life. OneSpirit aims to support each student in their own awakening process, so that in time they may support others to do the same.
The training involves four interweaving strands:
We believe that a minister’s effectiveness rests upon their own clarity, integration and intention. As students move into a more direct personal experience of the Source of All, their capacity for love, compassion and kindness grows. They are then better able to leave personal prejudices and past negative patterns behind, and to bring their essential Self and natural talents fully into being as the platform for their ministry.
Opening to other traditions
This is a dynamic, experiential inquiry into the world’s major faith traditions, which seeks to radically challenge our judgements and to widen our capacity for heartfelt inclusion. While gaining respect, insight and appreciation for traditions different from their own, students often develop a deeper appreciation of their own tradition, and heal any wounds in their relationship with that as well.
An important training strand, this involves developing basic skills and confidence in a simple but powerful form of spiritual counselling. This enables ministers to support individuals seeking their help at a time of difficulty, and to be able to recognise when someone needs to be referred on for more specialist help.
Participants practise leading universal worship services, and giving inspirational talks. The training also equips them to conduct weddings, funerals, blessings and other life-transition ceremonies. We do not teach standard ‘scripts’, but develop the ability of participants to create tailor-made services that reflect the unique needs and wishes of those they provide the ceremonies for – and with.
How the training unfolds...
Deepening into spiritual development and an experiential journey into faith paths and community.
In year one we work primarily with the process of personal awakening, and the inquiry into faith traditions. Alongside this, our spiritual counselling approach is introduced, as is some exploration of ceremony.
The second year focuses on spiritual counselling, leading ceremonies and may lead to ordination as a minister.
In year two, the transition to a life of service becomes more explicit, with a deeper focus on learning the art of spiritual counselling, and the capacity to design and hold ceremonies. In parallel, we keep our attention on how this relates to systems of thought and faith that are inclusive, holistic and universal. We develop these skills partly by revisiting our own life’s journey with fresh awareness, looking closely into the transitions of birth, childhood and adolescence, partnership and marriage, death and loss, and healing. In healing our understanding of our own lives, we develop the capacity to be present to others in ways that are inspired by grace, compassion, humour and trust.
MYSTERY & MASTERY CONTINUED
Following ordination, you are opened up to a wealth of Continued Professional Development (CPD) opportunities, including our Mystery & Mastery programme which runs over an additional four years. You can learn more about our post-grad Mystery & Mastery programmes here.