The many ways we serve

The 13th century poet Rumi wrote “ There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground”. Our ministers express their ministry and serve in many different ways.

Our ministers can guide you, individually or in a group, on your own journey of spiritual enquiry and self-knowledge

  • If you want a ceremony with spiritual content for a life event – such as a marriage, birth or funeral – that is meaningful to your particular beliefs. It need not be overtly religious and it could honour a mixture of different faiths.
  • If you are seeking spiritual connection and expression – yet like so many people-  feel uncomfortable with conventional religion.
  • If you are struggling with life issues such as questioning of sexuality, and would like to talk to someone with a spiritual view.

To find a minister who can serve you, click here.

As we are not a church, we don’t prescribe what our ministers do. Who we are and the qualities that we bring to our service are more important than its form of expression, though that too can be inspiring.

Some ministers have started their own worship communities and spiritual circles, sometimes in unexpected ways.

John has walked pilgrimages covering more than 200,000 miles and written over 30 guide books to support others on pilgrimage. Read here about John’s walking ministry.

Others offer spiritual counselling, privately or within organisations such as hospitals and schools.  Some have taken their calling – whether expressed in explicit ‘spiritual’ terms or not – into business training, into peace-making projects, or more broadly into family and community life.

Helen shapes sacred spaces. Read here about the “Reflection Room” she created at a Marie Curie hospice in Newcastle, with its theme of water and waves.

And for some, our training has led simply to a more authentic expression of who they are, and a deeper sharing of their spirituality with others in their everyday lives.

One Spirit Interfaith Foundation celebrates the values of respect, reconciliation, forgiveness and fellowship. In keeping with our Code of Ethics, we refuse to marginalise people on the basis of age, disability, state of health, race, gender, nationality, religion, sexuality, economic status or any other distinction.

For a summary of the legal standing of ministers, click here.

Our Interfaith Seminary trains and ordains ministers. To find out more about our spiritual training, click here.