On behalf of everyone at One Spirit, welcome! We’re thrilled that you’ve found us at this moment in your life, and hope to be part of your next chapter.
I’m sure you have lots of questions: What are interfaith and interspirituality? What does an interfaith or interspiritual minister do? Can you tell me about the curriculum? How much does it cost? Do you have a distance-learning program? When do classes start? Answers to all those questions and more are contained here in the website. Or if you want to speak to someone about our programs, give us a call at 212.931.6840, ext. 151.
I’ve been an interfaith minister and educator for 30 years. In 2001, in the aftermath of September 11th, I felt an urgency to take the work I had been doing to a deeper level: to support the emergence of what Wayne Teasdale, in his book The Mystic Heart, called interspirituality or the interspiritual age. I felt called to create a learning center that would bring to life this teaching from Tolstoy: “Grow spiritually and help others to do so. It is the meaning of life.”
In August 2002, One Spirit Interfaith Seminary was born. We embrace and teach the deep truths found at the heart of all authentic spiritual traditions; our shared wealth of spiritual practices that help us evolve and grow; and the commitment found in all traditions to common values of peace, compassion, wisdom, service, and above all, love.
Our seminary offers you an interspiritual framework to explore these rich wisdom traditions and a safe, nurturing container to deeply explore your own inner life and develop authentic spiritual community. In addition, you’ll leave here after two years as an ordained interfaith/interspiritual minister with all the necessary practical skills to perform ministerial services like baby blessings, weddings and funerals, and to support others on their journey of spiritual exploration and growth.
As we enter our 16th year, we’re proud that more than 1200 One Spirit ministers have been ordained and are serving in many different ways and in many parts of the world. These women and men, together with many others who share a similar vision, are helping to midwife humanity’s next step in consciousness and love.
Perhaps the most valuable part of the One Spirit experience is the people you’ll meet along the way. You and your classmates will grow and bond in extraordinary ways – you’ll be fellow travelers on the journey of a lifetime.
I hope we have a chance to meet soon. Until then, all blessings,
Rev. Diane Berke
Founder & Spiritual Director