What is Interfaith Ministry?

 

When you think of the wonderful spectrum of faiths and social belief systems in the world, there is such an immense range – from the atheistic and humanist at one end, to utter devotion and dedication to a specific religion at the other. Many have a clear sense of where they fit.

 

But what if you don’t know or aren’t sure? What if you have sympathies with some elements of faith, but aren’t sure what is ‘right’ for you or your family? What if you choose no set doctrine, yet still feel drawn to that which, in the stillness, actually seems bigger than all of us and yet which does not diminish us, but instead somehow lifts us up?

 

Drawing on our training and practice amidst many of the world’s major faiths, Interfaith Ministers seek to reflect what is holistic and of value in all faiths – and none. We serve so that people can discover spiritual meaning for themselves, and be awakened to their own sense of the sacred. It doesn’t matter if it’s through a wedding or a funeral, a blessing or a memorial, a workshop or a session of quiet spiritual counselling. What’s important is the road you personally are on, and what you are looking for.

 

Interfaith Ministers offer their services on a freelance basis; they are not attached to any particular place of worship, nor do they follow an established creed or liturgy. They appreciate and value that which  is at the heart of all faiths – and none – and commit to serving in the way that works best for you.

The Interfaith Ministers Association (IMA) is the Professional Body for Ministers who have successfully completed the two-year training with the One Spirit Interfaith Seminary and who are offering services to the public.  Ministers are regulated by the IMA’s Code of Ethics, and are required to demonstrate professional standards, to underkake continuous training and formal supervision, to take out professional liability insurance, and to subscribe to the IMA's professional conduct procedures.


Through the IMA CODE OF ETHICS, an Interfaith Minister commits to:

  • Celebrate difference and uniqueness – in  age, ability, state of health, race, gender, nationality, religion, faith, sexuality, and economic situation

  • Act with honesty, respect and safety, representing accurately the professional services offered

  • Cultivate clear communication, deep listening and mindful speech, using words that are only kind, true and useful

  • Deal openly and justly in all financial transactions

  • Protect clarity of body and mind, exercising maturity over intoxicants or mind-altering substances

  • Take great care with any ‘power’ that the role of minister, counsellor or teacher may bring, refusing absolutely any inappropriate relationship with those they serve

  • Hold all personal information in the strictest confidence, in honour of the sacred trust between a spiritual counsellor and a client or between a minister and the community served, affording the freedom to speak of difficult issues

  • Undertake formal supervision and guidance on an ongoing basis

  • Continually deepen their own spiritual practice, so that their ministry is grounded in an authentic and evolving spiritual life

  • Safeguard the whole by lovingly calling to attention any issue involving an IMA minister that puts others in danger or compromises the common good, however difficult this may be.

 

The online searchable public map of Interfaith Ministers is at https://www.interfaithfoundation.org/our-ministers/.

Where needed, Ministers will have the relevant CRB checks.