What is an Interfaith Minister and Spiritual Counsellor?
I have been trained by The Interfaith Seminary UK now ( One Spirit Interfaith Foundation) which holds the view that there are ‘many paths, one truth’. An interfaith minister embraces and honours all faith traditions whilst being a part of none.One Spirit IF believes there is One God, One Truth and that many paths lead to the Source of All, therefore is totally inclusive valuing the spirit of unity and love. This Seminary trains open hearted, spiritually inspired men and women to understand and appreciate the astounding diversity within the human family, yet to focus on our common experience and be a powerful presence of peace in whatever field of service they choose.
Valery began her training in 1997 and was ordained in 1999. Valery then decided that the direction her ministry would take was through creating ceremonies, teaching, mentoring and dialogue. Always having a strong sense of ceremony and a love of the English language, creating ritual and ceremony was like second nature and became an enormous Joy, to this day it really lights up her work. Through natural giftedness and a great sense for creating occasion, sacred ceremony and holding sacred space remains at the heart of much of Valery's work today. Before an interfaith
inister prepares for ordination each write their own vows for their personal commitment and intention for their work. Part of my vow was to serve in the name of the Divine source of all that is, that is what I try to encompass in every part of my daily life.
The other strong element of the training that really resonated with Valery was the spiritual counselling element. Not a word she embraces easily for all of the diverse connotations it holds, Valery has gone on to develop over time a personal way of working one to one that is truly inspirational. With a gift for dialogue and an innate ability in understanding human nature in all its different layers and labels, this level of her spiritual guidance can empower and enrich lives considerably. The creation of Conversations that Count is this work in action for groups of people, which through a simple open forum space allows Valery to facilitate spiritual unfolding and healing happens any way.
Today, Valery refers to Inspired Faith and Holistic Spirituality they being words she feels more comfortable to use. She believes there is no one part of us separate from another or from any one thing, and so her life and focus embraces personal health issues as well as spiritual health and personal wellbeing. All encompassing and endeavouring to expand from the premise of there being nothing wrong with anyone, it is only our perception that says so. Drawing from her own learned experiences in the fields of health, nutrition and energy psychology, Valery's 'Healing through the Spoken Word' is a true and authentic approach to embracing and understanding wholeness in every sense of the word. For Valery authentic spirituality comes through an Inspired Faith and is a firm anchor that enables us all to hold fast as the winds of life blow strong.
Now in semi retirement Valery will still write a ceremony but alas no longer performs them. She prefers to put her time and focus in support of others mentoring, guiding and teaching through her various groups and any opportunities to share her insights and wisdom.
For more information go to http://www.interfaithfoundation.org You will find One Spirit Interfaith Foundation is now the new name for what was The Interfaith Seminary or The New Seminary as it was when I first entered back in 1997.