Interfaith Worship Services

Many Ways - One Spirit

"I am in love with every church, And mosque, And temple, And any kind of shrine, Because I know that it is there, That people say the different names, Of the One God."~ Hafiz, 14th. Century Sufi Poet & Persian Saint.

 MANY WAYS - ONE FAMILY of HUMAN BEINGS

You are invited, to be with others who celebrate our being, 'One Human Family', sharing a rich tapestry of; insights, prayers, songs, chants, poetry, stories, gifts, rituals, and meditations, from the heart of all faiths & spiritual teachings, to come into a deeper communion with 'Truth', as each one of us personally & uniquely relates to That.

"Ways of worshipping are not to be ranked as better or worse than one another…It's all praise, and it's all right." ~ Rumi, 13th Century Sufi Poet

Please click on the video below, to watch the two minute interview, in full screen.

 

We join together with people from all spiritual traditions and walks of life, focusing on universal themes such as, peace, gratitude and kindness.

Uniting with others in a common purpose is deeply uplifting and inspiring, enabling us to connect with our own joy, with the hearts of others and with the Sacred. It is most powerful to join together in sharing our spirituality, we help one another to deepen our experience of God and the application of His/Her/It's ways into our daily living.

Group worship provides an important sense of community and of 'belonging', which provides invaluable strength and comfort in times of change and crisis, it can help us feel the love of The Divine at a time when we may be feeling lost or disconnected and have forgotten how to commune with the power within that is the ultimate balm and healer.

When you pray you rise to meet in the air those who are praying at that very hour,and whom save in prayer you may not meet. ~ Kahlil Gibran

ALL ARE WELCOME - However Young You Are...from 0 - 100

 MONTHLY UNIVERSAL WORSHIP SERVICES

are held in Cheltenham

on the last Sunday of the month at the Springbank Community Resource Centre,

directions via www.hwnp.org

Contact Reverend Kevin Devaney: Tel:- 07776 251476.


Interfaith Ministers are non-denominational ministers, who are trained by The Interfaith Seminary to teach, counsel and serve the spiritual needs of people from all faiths and none. We commit to support individuals, families and communities in living a direct, authentic spirituality that is relevant and helpful to our modern world. We affirm the Truth in all religions, faiths and spiritual traditions, honouring the timeless understanding that essentially there is, One God/Truth, and one human family with many paths leading to the Source of All.

We see that the ultimate purpose of all spiritual paths is to attain a personal experience of the divine, a deeper realization of the depth of the soul. We affirm that there are as many paths to the awareness of our unity with God, as there are people on the planet, and thus all paths with a sincere intention and clear ethics are valid.

We are not instead of, but in addition to traditional religious ministers. Committed to being an empowering presence of peace through being grounded in practicing our own spiritual path to remove within ourselves the obstacles to unity, so enabling us to serve all who seek a personally meaningful experience of connection with the Sacred, whether within or outside any established religious tradition. Encouraging forgiveness and reconciliation whilst understanding and appreciating our differences, yet focusing on our commonalities and embracing the remembrance of our human unity. We view diversity as a source of enrichment, as we see unity as not meaning uniformity.

There is no dogma or fixed ministerial role for Interfaith Ministers. We are not creating a new religion, but filling a spiritual gap that exists in our society. Studies have revealed that approximately 60% of people in the British Isles regard themselves as spiritual but do not take regular part in traditional religion.

We do not aim to convert anyone away from their faith, but support people in enquiring more deeply into both their spiritual tradition and their own soul for clarity.

 Interfaith Ministers are self employed and donations are invited to help towards the cost of putting on the service.

"Like the bee gathering honey from different flowers, the wise man accepts the essence of the different Scriptures and sees only the good in all religions." ~Mahatma Gandhi

 WORSHIP SERVICE TESTIMONIALS,Testimonials from some of the warm open-hearted people who have attended these services over the last five years.

"I was attracted to Interfaith because I believe passionately that all religions lead to the same God via different routes. There is no right or wrong way. I like the fact that we all sit in a room together and honour our different cultural and religious backgrounds with various chants, readings, poetry, song, meditation and prayer. My daughter (11) and I come away from the services with a feeling of deep peace and joy. My daughter says that the people who attend Interfaith Worship Services are like her 2nd family."   ~Wilf

"I thought it sounded too religious for me, but at the insistence of friends I came along, and I have a smile on my face all the way through the service."       ~Bee

"I'm always so glad when the monthly service is coming up and I turn down invitations so that I don't miss it."    ~Julia Palmer-Price

"When the Interfaith meetings started it answered a real need in me. I had a need for a place to worship where different faiths could make friends. I think it is of great value to hear scriptures & words from other faiths. I am happy that I can voice my faith as I feel it, without causing offence or discomfort. We have real interaction in our meetings, which feels a lot more meaningful than being more distant, and it is good to be involved. I have learnt to meditate, something not attempted before, I find this allows a feeling of detachment and a depth of thought not felt before. The Ministers can be flexible in their approach to accommodate our different needs. After Lionel and I were married, the theme for the worship service was union. We were able to share with everyone a poem that means a lot to us. We were uplifted by the thoughts and blessings in this service and it culminated in a shower of rose petals over us as we left!" ~Barbara Meddows

"When I belonged to a Christian community I found that my fellow-travellers viewed life as a labyrinth, which has only one path to the goal. If the person sitting next to me had an opposed view on some matter then one of us must be wrong. At an Interfaith meeting I meet people who see life as a maze, which has more than one 'right' way. I use the meditation periods to seek which is the right way for me. And, doesn't quantum physics teach that there may be more than one reality?"       ~Lionel Butcher

"I do enjoy coming but sadly I won't be able to come again as I'm moving back to Yorkshire. The Interfaith meetings are one of the things that I will miss from my time here. Could you encourage a minister to start services in York please!!!! I would like to remain on your mailing list and find it valuable to have a look at the service sheets even when I don't manage to attend."  ~ Jane Cluely

 "I came away feeling inspired." ~ Simon Small

"The circle of universal worship and friendship in Malvern is a well spring of life." ~ Rev. Kevin Devaney

 "All the races and tribes in the world are like the different coloured flowers of one meadow. All are beautiful. As children of the Creator they must all be respected." ~ Native American Code of Ethics.