What is Interfaith?

“Most fundamentally, interfaith is respect. Respect for different traditions, different religions, different faiths. It is coming to understand them. And more, it is coming to love them. The recognition of the oneness in all its diversity of expression, that is the basis of interfaith”

-The Very Reverend James Parks Morton

Former dean of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, NYC

“Within human beings there are so many different mental dispositions that one religion or one philosophy simply cannot, I believe, be sufficient to satisfy the whole world with such a large number of human beings. I think it’s clear that a variety of philosophies and traditions is much more useful to a variety of human beings.” ?- His Holiness the Dalai Lama, New York City, 1991

What is Interfaith?

Interfaith is a philosophy of celebrating unity within diversity. Interfaith is a way of finding common ground, it takes no position on any organized religion but rejoices in all expressions of love of Spirit and of each other. It is not a religion itself but seeks to create bridges of respect and understanding between one set of beliefs and traditions and another.

Interfaith emphasizes the universal spiritual principles of love, service and human compassion as taught by all the world’s faiths. Acceptance and celebration of our differences while acknowledging our oneness in Spirit is at the heart of Interfaith. Recognizing that all of the world’s faiths contain divine inspiration and guidance for living our lives in love and fellowship, Interfaith encourages each of us to be a living expression of our own spiritual values while opening our hearts, minds and spirits to all of the different expressions of Truth we find on our diverse and beautiful planet.

What is an Interfaith Minister?

Interfaith ministers are trained professionals, ordained by one of several Interfaith Seminaries in the US and abroad. Interfaith ministers can serve as companions and guides in helping people to deepen or reclaim the nourishment of their own religious roots while opening their hearts to the wisdom and beauty of other traditions and teachings.

Regardless of their own religious tradition or spiritual path, Interfaith ministers are trained professionals who:

Are dedicated to serving the spiritual needs of all those who seek their guidance, counsel, and assistance, without regard to race, religion, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, ethnic background, gender or age.

Have chosen to learn about, respect, and appreciate the diversity of paths to the Divine and to look for the universal truth in each one.

Seeks to promote understanding, harmony, and love among people by emphasizing what is universal in the teachings of the many spiritual paths and faith traditions.

Are committed to the ongoing deepening of their own spiritual practice and connection to the Divine, so that their service to others is always grounded in the integrity of their own spiritual life.