Ministerial Program – First Year Focus

Overview | 1st Year | 2nd Year | Accelerated Program | Correspondence Study | Tuition & Fees

Comparative Religion

Approaches to Psychology, Counseling, & Healing
Applying Spiritual Principles to Daily Life
Inner Personal Development

Topics Covered

Concepts of Interfaith
Dimensions of Spiritual Practice
and Inner Development
Basics of Ritual
Native American Spirituality
Goddess/Earth-based Religions
African Religions
Hinduism & Yoga Philosophy
Catholicism & Protestantism
Islam & Sufism
New Thought
Modern Spirituality
Freud & the Psychoanalytic Perspective
Jung & Depth Psychology
Transpersonal Perspectives in Psychology
and Psychosynthesis
Basic Counseling Skills


Class Attendance (in person or via Online Virtual Class )
Enrollment in three or more Electives
Completion of monthly reading assignments and written work
Contribution to one group ritual service
Participation in ongoing study groups
Participation in email communication
Participation in Buddy and Mentor programs
Participation in Interfaith Temple gatherings (attending students only)
Site visits to services or ceremonies of various faiths
Volunteer service in the community
Final Year End Paper
Intensive Residential Retreat
Final oral examination/dialogue

Upon successful completion of the First Year, there is a ritual where the students are  declared ‘Ordinands’ and advance to the second year ending in Ordination. Full ordination is not granted until completion of the Second Year training.

Applications  for all programs are now being accepted.

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