How do I Become an Ordained Interfaith Clergy?

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How do I Become an Ordained Interfaith Clergy?
Ordained interfaith ministers can serve in many ministries. (Anglican church image by Valery Shanin from Fotolia.com)

Becoming an ordained interfaith clergy member requires a level of self-awareness about the religious and spiritual path you choose to follow. Consider the description of an interfaith minister provided by the ordination website Northern Way: "To be ordained as an Interfaith minister means you recognise all positive spiritual paths regardless of denomination, including healing and earth-based traditions and make no judgements [sic] against other valid spiritual faiths." Becoming an interfaith minister involves making a spiritual decision about the type of ministry you feel called to perform. Apply for interfaith ordination through any number of online ordination vehicles or take seminary courses to qualify as an interfaith minister.

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Fill out an online interfaith ministry ordination form. Enter all required information as detailed by an ordination website, such as Universal Life Church. Affirm that you meet age and any membership requirements. Specify, if required, that you request an interfaith ordination.

    How do I Become an Ordained Interfaith Clergy?
    Fill out an ordination form for an interfaith ministry. (form -3 image by Rog999 from Fotolia.com)
  2. 2

    Provide your complete legal name. Use the same legal name when you apply for an employee identification number with the IRS and when you open a non-profit bank account.

  3. 3

    Enter your contact information. Provide an e-mail address and a physical postal address.

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    Fulfil the ordination provider's criteria for an interfaith ordination. Complete interfaith courses in subjects such as Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism and Islam as required by the ordination provider. To take a more formal approach to interfaith ordination, enrol in an interfaith seminary, such as The New Seminary for Interfaith Studies, a nongovernment organisation of the United Nations. Take direct or correspondence courses in world religions, conducting interfaith worship services and spiritual counselling in preparation for a life of interfaith ministerial service.

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    Meet state legal requirements for performing wedding ceremonies and funeral services as a member of the clergy. In California, for example, apply for a one-day permit to officiate at a wedding as a Deputy Commissioner of Marriages, according to the website US Marriage Laws.

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