Fields of Study

fields of studyOur outstanding instructors ensure that classes are informative and inspiring. Our Saturday classes combine lecture with group discussion and experiential learning.

During retreats, you will study topics in more depth while enjoying opportunities for contemplation, rich conversation and camaraderie.

Throughout the program, you will supplement your studies with readings and reflective writings of your own.

Year One: Immersion

  • Explore the major spiritual traditions of the world, including earth-based, tribal, eastern and western religions.
  • Understand the historical basis of mysticism and metaphysics.
  • Gain respect, insight and appreciation for differing points of view.
  • Examine your own beliefs and values in a supportive, non-judgmental environment.

Year Two: To Be of Service

fields of studyWhere can your interfaith studies lead you?Whether or not you decide to become an ordained minister, these classes will introduce you  to numerous topics relevant to providing professional, chaplaincy and volunteer services, or further study. Here is a sampling of recent topics.

  • Spiritual Emergence
  • Reflective Listening
  • Music and Movement in Ministry
  • The Business of Ministry
  • Public Speaking
  • Conscious Dying
  • Pastoral Care
  • The Power of Ritual
  • Creating Meaningful Ceremony
  • The Interfaith Wedding

“Before I could minister to others, I had to clarify my own belief system. Meeting practitioners from so many different spiritual traditions was deeply inspiring.” D. Walsh

Ongoing Work: Study and Reflection

Outside of class, students continue their investigation of other faith traditions by attending various religious services. They also perform one hundred twenty hours of service work and regularly write short, reflective papers on what they have learned. A powerful tool for learning, reflection papers help students process new information, and examine, challenge and clarify their own belief systems.

You will be supported all the way

Students work closely with their Student Advisor throughout the 27-month long program. A hallmark of the School of Sacred Ministries lies in its understanding of the importance of community to personal growth. The Advisory Circle manages the School by consensus, a model that requires strong community and interpersonal skills. The result is a tight knit, dedicated community of life-long learners who understand the importance of reflective listening and open communication. This emphasis on communication and community ensures that students are strongly supported throughout their journey.  Class size is limited to twenty-five students to ensure a small student/teacher ratio.

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