1st Year Focus of Minsterial Program

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
  • Buddhism
  • Taoism
  • Judaism
  • 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.


Contact an admissions administrator to begin the enrollment process.