Interfaith Seminary Program
Ordination Path: Interfaith Minister

Required Reading

Doorway to the Sacred

by Rev. Stephanie Rutt (Eastern and Western Perspective)
Available at Amazon
ISBN: 978-0-9848373-2-8

This book is a guide to aligning with your inner Sacred and to creating a life of joy that expresses your inner Truth. Specific guidelines are provided for manifesting with mantra prayer as well as a detailed guide for creating your spiritual practice. The book concludes with numerous stories, from participants in Rev. Rutt's classes over the years, sharing their experiences with mantra prayer.

An Ordinary Life Transformed

by Rev. Stephanie Rutt (Eastern Perspective)
Hobblebush Books, available at Barnes and Noble Bookshops
ISBN: 13:978-0-9760896-6-7

This book is filled with real-world stories and examples of how ordinary people have found the courage to stand up and do what needs to be done. Reverend Stephanie Rutt shows how ordinary people have discovered that when they speak, live and act from their deepest impulse, truth is served. How ordinary people have fallen in love with that which is the same in all of us and how that experience changes everything. Providing a description of the Bhagavad Gita as an allegory of the spiritual journey, she makes the concepts readily available for application to everyday living.

Hinds' Feet on High Places

by Hannah Hurnard (Western-Christian Perspective)
Living Books, Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.
ISBN: 978-0-8423-1429-9 (Paperback)

This well loved allegory from the Christian tradition describes the journey of Much Afraid as she seeks to follow the Good Shepherd to the High Places. Along the way, there are challenges and lessons to be experienced and integrated which seekers from all faith traditions will recognize: triumph over adversity; transforming grief and pain into something incomparably precious; learning to surrender what does not serve to know the love of God in new and, sometimes, unexpected ways.

Open Mind, Open Heart, 20th Anniversary Edition (Deluxe Edition)

by Thomas Keating (Christian Perspective)
ISBN: 0-8264-18899

Father Keating describes the rich contemplative tradition of Christianity most intimately experienced through the practice of centering prayer.

A Gradual Awakening

by Stephen Levine (Eastern Perspective)
Anchor Books, Doubleday
ISBN: 0-385-26218-3

This simple book offers a wealth of wisdom on the practice and experience of meditation from the Buddhist perspective.

Living the Prayer of Jesus: A Study of the Lord's Prayer in Aramaic

by Rev. Stephanie Rutt (Christian Perspective)
ISBN: 978-0-9848373-1-1

Living the Prayer of Jesus: A Study of the Lord?s Prayer in Aramaic is designed to awaken the ecstatic cry within each heart, the same ecstatic cry that gave birth to what is now Christianity. Examining the prayer through the lens of the Aramaic language, spoken by Jesus, we find expanded meanings to inform our lives today in ways most unexpected. For each line of the prayer there is a translation and discussion of meaning, sample biblical references and questions for personal or group reflection. In addition, there are sample prayers written by participants in previous studies. CD Included.

The Interfaith Worship Manual

by Rev. Stephanie Rutt
ISBN: 978-0-9848373-0-4

This manual includes a wide variety of interfaith worship services from Reverend Stephanie Rutt's extensive repertoire. They span many faith traditions and cover musings on inspiring individuals as well as major holiday celebrations. Also included are guidelines for creating sacred spaces and for developing and facilitating meaningful interfaith worship experiences.

A Path with Heart

by Jack Kornfield (Eastern Perspective)
Bantam Books
ISBN: 0-553-37211-4

This book is an in-depth guide through the perils and blessings of living a spiritual life.

Recommended Supplemental Texts

Interfaith Wisdom Resources:

Oneness: Great Principles Shared by All Religions

by Jeffrey Moses, Ballantine Books
ISBN: 0-345-45763-3

How To Be a Perfect Stranger

by Stuart M. Matlins & Arthur J. Magida, Skylight Paths Publishing
ISBN: 1-893361-67-5

Meditation: The Complete Guide

by Patricia Monaghan & Eleanor G. Viereck, New World Library
ISBN: 978-1608680474

The World's Religions (Plus)

by Huston Smith, Harper Collins Publishers
ISBN: 978-0-06-166018-4

World Religions at Your Fingertips

by Michael McDowell, Ph.D., & Nathan Robert Brown, Penguin Group
ISBN: 978-1-59257-846-7

World Religions: The Great Faiths Explored & Explained

by John Bowker, DK
ISBN: 13:978-0-7566-1772-1
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