I found the AFSI program invaluable in changing my priorities and aligning them with the love and power of this magnificent program. I made the right choice, a good choice last year when I finished the basic program. I attended every class in NYC and also went to all of Jon’s Miracles in Manhattan the next day. I got the most out of the program that I could. I highly recommend as much participation as possible. Any online program is very difficult to stay engaged without extra effort. I would also have a backup plan for when your life goes awry. This is much harder to do. Keeping up with assignments is paramount. You can enjoy the program and your faculty and classmates much more if you are on track, but expect to get thrown off at some point and leave some space for yourself to catch back up. This is a fabulous program with a great future. I would do it again in a heartbeat! -Rev. Dr. Nancy Omaha Boy, Class President, 2016
- Rev. Nancy Omaha Boy, Ministerial Student
AFSI teaches an all-encompassing focus on God as seen through the eyes of the various spiritual wisdom traditions, with a special focus on the mystical aspects that connect us all. The path AFSI has created towards my Doctorate degree has opened my heart and mind, allowing me to connect to God, myself, and others in a new light of love, understanding, and oneness.
- Rev. Bud James, Doctoral Student
Wow, what an amazing week we had. As always, the AFSI Team created an “Over The Top” combination of a Retreat and Ordination experience for the attendees. The student body itself was quite powerful and deeply introspective, it seems. The Labyrinth was a PERFECT addition, and I think everyone got quite a lot out of it. The ordination was PERFECT! A beautiful church, and the person assisting us was an incredibly happy, bright light. The photographer was solidly on his game too, I have seen some of the initial photos and they look great.
The entire event was not too long, well-orchestrated, and I have to say I surreptitiously timed everyone’s speech, and all were well contained and still quite thorough. Rabbi Paris’ first speech was 5:30, an amazing performance for him. His wrap-up was actually longer, interestingly. But all had incredible content filled with Love and respect.
As before, all I can say is that I wish it were a day longer, especially with this large headcount. Shanti mentioned having 2 major get-together events instead of one, and that makes sense too. Regardless, the sermons and thesis summaries we heard this year were heart-opening, educational, and provided remarkable soul-windows through which we were allowed to gently observe.
It came together beautifully. Thank you for all your hard work, and all the love that you and everyone put into it. We are all so blessed in endless ways.
- Rev. Bud James, Master's Class
I’d felt the calling to Minister for many years, but none of the Seminaries seemed to quite fit the Spirit of Universal Love – ‘Love All. Serve All.’ that I believed in. Then, I found All Faiths International Seminary and I knew I had found my perfect Spiritual advancement/ enlightenment home and family.
- Rev. Samanthia E. Carroll, Masters Class
I highly recommend this program to anyone who is interested — a very rewarding experience.
- Rev. Lynne Matous
Students and Graduates of AFSI overflow with light, joy, and enthusiasm when they speak of their Alma Mater, and I am certainly one of them. Each attest to the notion of family, connection, and inspiration that AFSI fostered in us. Each student attends with the idea that they will only take the Ministerial training program, others the various graduate courses, but all are given a much greater gift. They are truly inspired, and form a life-long respect for all Faiths and all paths, and a deepening of their own.
- Rev. Bud James III, Minister Class
- Rev Marcie Lee Thomas, Minister Class
The year of study at All Faiths Seminary was mystical, magical and life affirming. I learned the path of ‘never instead of, always in addition to’ and to travel the journey in joy and gratitude.
- Rev Marcie Lee Thomas, Minister Class
As a corresponding student one of the most meaningful aspects of my experience was meeting my fellow classmates for the first time at the retreat and getting to know all the remarkable people.
- Rev. Lisa, Minister Class
Besides receiving monthly teachings, AFSI encourages all students to deepen their own investigations into the worlds’ major religions. Attending services and interviewing the spiritual leaders at a variety of local churches/temple/ mosques and monasteries in my area also connected me to my community in unique ways. It was an invaluable spiritual gift to think globally and act locally to touch and be touched by the many faces of the Divine.
- Rev. Judi Bachrach, Minister Class
I am so happy that I chose to attend All Faiths. Aside from being taught the basics of ministry, I was nurtured and taught how to live fully and joyously from our beloved, Rabbi Gelberman. His presence alone is a lesson in blissful existence.
- Rev. Jennifer, Minister Class
Rev. Sal Sapienza, Interfaith Student