Certificate Workshops

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All Faiths Seminary International Divinity School

All Faiths Seminary offers a variety of workshops for the minister student, ministers, alumni, and anyone interested in our topics. Workshops are offered under All Faith Seminary International using the Zoom platform.

These electives compliment the minister's educational studies. The schedule for these courses listed below will be announced throughout the year.

The following Workshops are given by All Faith Seminary International and will be announced and take place throughout the school year. The workshops range from 1 to 10 sessions as needed for the topic.

If interested in any of the above Programs or Workshops, please contact Rev. Dr. Kathleen Regan at allfaithsseminaryny@gmail.com

  1. Crash of Angels
  2. Baby Blessing Intensive
  3. Baby Naming
  4. Chaplaincy
  5. Courageous Conversations
  6. End of Life Doula
  7. The Enneagram as Part of Your Spiritual Path
  8. Hebrew
  9. Kabbalah
  10. Mysticism
  11. Pranayama and the Art of Right Breathing
  12. Praying in White and Black – with Zentangle
  13. Prosperity and Abundance
  14. Sacred Art
  15. Sacred Healing Treatments and Affirmations
  16. Sacred Hebrew Chanting
  17. Sacred Hindu Chanting
  18. Spiritual Counseling
  19. Sacred Psychology
  20. Social Justice
  21. Sacred Poetry
  22. Sacred Rituals
  23. Sacred Wedding Intensive
  24. Sanskrit
  25. The New Light Temple Interworship Services
  26. Vow Renewal

Upcoming

Baby Blessing Ceremonies Intensive
Instructor: Rev. Susanna Stefanachi Macomb
Meetings: 3 Thursday Meetings
Dates: October 15th, 2020 through October 29th, 2020
Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm EST
Format: AFSI Certificate Workshop
Audience: Ordained Clergy
Description: "A child enters into our midst, and face to face, hand to hand with this tiny perfect creation, we are compelled to whisper, "It's a miracle!" In this child we see infinite potential and we place our greatest hopes." (Susanna Macomb, Bless this Child)
In baby blessing ceremonies we celebrate the miracle and gift that is a child. We acknowledge each child as a unique manifestation of the Divine. We give thanks. We pray for them. We welcome them into our spiritual community, into this mystical union of souls on earth. We also celebrate the love of family as a blessing and reflection of the Divine.
Babies bring us back to who we really are, to innocence, purity and glee. There is so much God in a baby! Of all the ceremonies a minister performs, baby blessings may be the most joyous.
Macomb's book, Bless This Child, is the most comprehensive guide to creating interfaith baby blessings ceremonies in existence. Over her 24 years of ministry, the author has created and performed 1000+ personalized heartfelt baby blessing ceremonies reflecting the beliefs and needs of each individual family. The results are often extraordinary. These ceremonies may be interfaith, same-faith, spiritual, humanist or non-denominational in nature---or a combination thereof. They often contain religious rituals and prayers done in more universal and inclusive ways. The author has culled from the best of the world's time-honored rituals, blessings, prayers and readings and combined them with new traditions---many she has developed herself. She offers tender counsel for the interfaith family, and helps them navigate sensitive religious and family issues. Her families have called her many things, "a pastor without walls", "Revve" (by Christian-Jewish families) and "the love minister." The learning methodology will include reading, research, lecture/discussion, question and answer, homework and participatory activities.
Goals: At the end of the intensive, students will:
  • Have an expanded understanding of baby blessing ceremonies of all types---namings, baptisms, dedications and welcoming birth celebrations
  • Know how to script a baby blessing ceremony (through homework/prep and in-class activities).
  • Understand the importance of, and have tools for being present (i.e., grounding before ceremony, presence during ceremony, invoking the Divine, radiating the light of love).
  • Be able to work with families in terms of preparing the baby blessing, dealing with issues and questions that may arise.
  • Learn special personal touches that make a ceremony truly memorable for decades to come, many of which Susanna has personally developed over 24 years of ministry.
  • Have a better understanding of how to work with Interfaith, Intercultural family situations and sensitivities. How to help families sensitive interfaith issues.
  • Have an overview of popular baby blessings rituals that span the globe, their meaning and significance. (Macomb is a harvester of the world's traditions---rituals, prayers, readings, quotes and blessings.)
  • Have a clear understanding of practicalities involved.
  • Discussion of baby blessing, naming and baptismal certificates, as well as physical elements needed for the ceremony.
  • Planting the seeds for possible future ceremonies i.e. coming of age ceremonies, house blessings etc.
Other: Reverend Susanna Stefanachi Macomb was ordained by The New Seminary founded by Rabbi Joseph Gelberman in February 1996 and received her Masters of Divinity with All Faiths Seminary International in 2002. She is the author of two pioneering books Joining Hands and Hearts, Interfaith, Intercultural Wedding Celebrations and Bless This Child, A Comprehensive Guide to Creating Baby Blessing Ceremonies. Long considered an expert in interfaith ceremony, Susanna has been featured in video (ABC News, CNN and MSNBC) and print (Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Publisher's Weekly, New York Magazine, Pregnancy Magazine, Martha Stewart Weddings, and Modern Bride). Susanna is also a Board Member of World AWAKE, an international inter-collaborative organization of interfaith clergy, spiritual care professionals and interfaith organizations working towards world peace, serving as their Executive Director of Global Outreach and InterWorship. A Sufi initiate for more than two decades, Susanna is an ordained Sufi cheraga in the Order of Universal Worship founded by the Hazrat Inayat Khan. Hazrat Inayat Khan brought universal Sufism to the West. An artist whose paintings are of a spiritual nature. Susanna's paintings of the four angels of the kabbalah were part of her ordination ceremony at The Cathedral of St. John the Divine at Rabbi Gelberman's request. Her paintings have been exhibited at spiritual and cultural centers including James Chapel at Union Theological Seminary and New York Open Center.

To register, please contact Rev. Susanna Stefanachi Macomb via email (link below) or on her cell phone 917-856-0422.
Fee: $400.00


Sacred Psychology
Instructor: Dr. Brenda Shoshanna
Meetings: 3 Thursday Meetings
Dates: November 5th, 2020 through November 19th, 2020
Time: 7:00 pm - 8:30 PM EST
Format: AFSI Certificate Workshop
Audience: All
Description: "The whole world is illness, What is the medicine?"
Description of Course: Sacred Psychology, The Foundations of Spiritual Counseling is an introduction to the principles and practices of Spiritual Counseling.

This is a Certificate Course
Goals: Combine psychological and spiritual understanding, looking at the role of a Spiritual Counselor and how it differs from that of a therapist. We will explore the essence of a healing relationship, and also look deeply at the true causes of suffering. We will ask the questions, "What is it that needs to be healed and How does healing happen?"
Other: About the Presenter: Dr. Brenda Shoshanna, is a psychologist, author, speaker and long-term practitioner of both Zen and Judaism. Her work focuses upon integrating the practices and principles of East and West and actualizing them in our everyday lives. She presently offers two weekly podcasts, "Zen Wisdom for Your Everyday Life" and "Your Best Self," along with weekly audio books. She is an award winning author and has offered over five hundred talks and workshops on all aspects of personal and spiritual development and living an authentic, meaningful life. Her most recent book is Zen Play (Instructions on Becoming Fully Alive).

Fee: $400.00


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