Offers a spiritual service for everyone - regardless of faith - in a changing world.
Services held first Sunday in each month. Start 2-2.30 pm and followed by tea.
Join us for an afternoon of reflection and connection through journeys inspired by the words of different spiritual traditions, celebrating with ritual, prayer, song, meditation, and readings. Services focus on universal themes important to us all, such as trust, gratitude and forgiveness. The experience of uniting with others using a common theme is deeply uplifting and inspiring. It enables us to connect with our own joy, with the hearts of others and with the Sacred. It is encouraged for everyone to have their own direct experience with the Divine.
An Inter-Faith Minister is trained to serve the spiritual needs of people from all faiths and none. It is a non-denominational ministry to support individuals, families and communities, in living a direct authentic spirituality, that is relevant and helpful to our modern world.
The New Seminary was founded in New York in 1981 by Rabbi Joseph Gelberman. In 1996, at Rabbi Gelberman's request, Reverand Miranda Holden founded the Interfaith Seminary in UK. The Interfaith Seminary believes that there is One God/Truth and many paths leading to the Source of All, grounded in universal and inclusive approach to spirituality. It is not designed as a rival to traditional religions or their seminaries. Rather, it serves as an addition, promoting an ethic of respect, reconciliation, forgiveness and fellowship, supporting peacemaking and the remembrance of our fundamental human unity.
For centuries, beautiful teachings designed to promote inner peace and global harmony have been warped by egocentric and political agendas that have given rise to some of the greatest sufferings in human history. We see the Interfaith concept as a powerful invitation not just to tolerance, but acceptance. In the moden climate, we believe that whatever our views, the most urgent focus must be to truly practice the essence of our spiritual teachings rather than defend it.
The need for Interfaith Ministers
Recent studies undertaken by the British Council for Churches reveal that approximately 60% of people in the United Kingdom regard themselves as spiritual but do not regularly take part in traditional religion. As a trained Interfaith Minister and Spiritual counsellor we aim to serve the following people:
- Those grappling with issues their faith may not encompass (eg: inter-religious marriage, divorce, questioning of sexuality).
- Those seeking spirituality but not necessarily religion
- Those whose spiritual belief cannot be encompassed entirely by one faith.
An Interfaith Minister is not creating a new religion but doing the vital work of filling a spiritual gap that exists in our society. We do not aim to convert anyone away from their faith, but support people in enquiring more deeply into both their spiritual tradition and their own soul for clarity.
My Vows As An Inter-Faith Minister
- I vow to accept the many paths to God.
- I vow to serve wisely and with deep sincerity.
- I vow never to destroy another's faith, even the simplest faith leads to God.
A Prayer for difficult times:
May you find serenity and tranquillity in a world you may not always understand.
May the pain you have known and the conflict you have experienced give you the strength to walk through life facing each new situation with courage and optimism.
Always know that there are those whose love and understanding will always be there, even when you feel most alone.
May you discover enough goodness in others to believe in a world of peace.
What you feel you lack in the present, will become one of your strengths in the future.
May you find enough inner strength to determine your own worth and not be dependent on another's judgement of your accomplishments.
May you always feel loved by the ONE.
by Sandra Star