East-West Interfaith Seminary
Online Global Program
Curriculum

The Way of the Program
At East-West Interfaith Seminary we act on the universal spiritual and ethical principles put forth in two essential guiding documents—Toward a Global Ethic, issued and endorsed at the 1993 Parliament of the World's Religions, and the Affirmations and Principles of the Association of Interfaith Ministers. 

This Ministry and Spiritual Counseling Program is experiential. Since the word seminary means seed, we go right to the taproot of the world's religious and spiritual traditions to emphasize the universal connectedness underlying them.


Each student is involved in designing an individualized program that works for the student. There are also core components of Interfaith Ministry that are part of every program. 

 


During the program the student will:
 
 
 
Study the history of Interfaith

Perform ceremonies

Create their own Minister's manual

Read a diverse selection of the world's sacred texts and writings- most of which are now online

Participate in regular mentoring/spiritual direction coaching sessions online and by phone 

Make regular visits to religious/spiritual houses of worship and ceremonies, rituals and events in their own communities

Design a local, national or global fieldwork project of community service

Offer a gift of service to Interfaith Seminaries and the Interfaith Ministry community

Document and communicate their experience through completing a series of structured writing assignments

Create and complete a project of their own design relevant to their own goals and needs
 


Here are some topics we cover:

Prayer and Meditation
            
Universal Spiritual Principles That Guide Our Lives
            
The Ancient Roots of the World's Spiritual Traditions
            
Creating Ceremony and Ritual
            
The Mystical and Esoteric Dimensions of Faith Traditions
            
The Relationship Between Healing Practices and Spiritual Traditions

Shamanism—East and West
            
Understanding the  Culture of the World's Faith Traditions
            
Sacred Cosmology and  Mythology 
            
Counseling Skills—The Difference Between Psychological and
            
Spiritual Counseling

Expressive Arts and The Use of the Sacred Symbols
            
Sacred Medicine, Caregiving and the Use of Energy
            
Evolution of Interfaith Worship
            
Reiki Training
            
Applying Spiritual Practices in Our Daily Lives and Ministry
            
Connecting to the World of Interfaith
            
Interfaith Ministry—Spiritual Principles and Ethics
            
Writing and Speaking in the Spirit
            
What it Means to be a Chaplain
            
Weaving the Web of Relationship
            
The Art of Living—and Making a Living—as an Interfaith Minister

Reading Requirements:         
      

Sacred Scriptures - Many of these are available on the web at no cost            

Analects of Confucius
            
Bhagavad Gita
            
Dhammapada
            
Gospel of Thomas
            
Hebrew Scriptures

Qur'an

Tao Te Ching
            
Torah
            
Vedas 

Reference * is required reading

*The Metaphysical Bible Dictionary

*The Lamsa Bible (A direct translation of sacred scripture from the Aramaic) and its companion reference books on the Hebrew scriptures and the Christian Scriptures

*The Other Bible

*How to Be a Perfect Stranger by Matlins and Magada-this is a valuable reference book available in many public libraries. 

*Culture and Nursing Care UCSF Nursing Press.


Universality of Spirit (Choose at least one of these)

Living Religions by Mary Pat Fisher.

Source Book for the Community of the World's Religions (CoNexus Press).

The World's Religions by Huston Smith.


Essential Books
            

Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda. 
                            
*Creation Spirituality by Matthew Fox. 
            
The Jew in the Lotus by Roger Kamenetz.
            
No Boundary by Ken Wilbur.
            
On Death and Dying by Elisabeth Kübler-Ross.
            
The Road Less Traveled and Further Along the Road Less Traveled by M. Scott Peck.
            
*The Soul's Almanac: A Year of Interfaith Stories, Prayers and Wisdom by Aaron Zerah. 
            
This Longing: Versions of Rumi by Coleman Barks and John Moyne.
            
*Weddings from the Heart by Daphne Kingma. 
            
*When Women Were Priests by Karen Jo Torjesen.
             

Interfaith Calendars (choose at least one of these)
             

Multifaith Calendar

The Mystic's Wheel of the Year  
            

Multi-MediaFilm/Video 
             

*The Goddess Trilogy
            
The Last Wave
            

Music
            

Voices of Forgotten World's
           

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