The Second Year of Training as an Interfaith, Interspiritual minister, focuses on three main things:

(1) What kind of minister?

(2) What are the tools needed?

(3) Service.
 

Finding Your Ministerial Focus

Finding your ministerial focus begins the summer after you have completed your First Year. The student is asked to deeply consider what form his/her ministry might take: Ceremonial (Wedding/Funeral/Baby Blessing/ Ritual), Healing,  Chaplaincy, Church Clergy, Spiritual Counselor, Theology Teacher, Animal Minister, or many others. We urge students to explore what feels right to them, and then in March of the Second year each student is required to take a course of their own choosing that supports their choice, either from our extensive list of Electives,or from an outside program.

 

The “Tools” of the Trade

The Second Year of study focuses on the “tools” that an Interspiritual, Interfaith Minister will need as he/she begins his/her ministry in the world. How to prepare weddings, baby naming/blessings, funerals, guided meditations, developing prayers, praying with people, writing sermons, creating worship services, Spiritual Counseling skills and more.

 

Emphasis on Service

The Second Year Program will consist of several parts:

  • An on-line component (similar to the First Year)
  • Three Full Immersion Weekends (November / March / May) – mandatory attendance required
  • Final Retreat at the end of the school year, leading to Ordination as an Interspiritual Interfaith Minister.
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    Final Project

    As a final project, each student will collect her/his rituals and create a personal minister’s manual which will be handed in as a final thesis. The manual will be blessed and returned to each student at the final year end retreat.

    Upon successful completion of all requirements, our Second year Students attend an end of year retreat where they prepare themselves for Graduation /Ordination as a class and in private time in a beautiful and restful retreat setting. Following this retreat and purification time, the students will be formally ordained as Interspiritual Interfaith Ministers by our ordaining body, THE INTERFAITH COMMUNITY INTERNATIONAL. Once ordained, each graduate is qualified to be legally recognized and registered as practicing clergy.

    WE ARE A NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION, INCORPORATED UNDER THE GUIDELINES OF THE BOARD OF REGENTS OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK,ON BEHALF OF THE NEW YORK STATE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION.

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