|Rev Robert A. Ferrell PhD||
I am an ordained Interspiritual Minister and a Social Psychologist. I offer several group and individual services including spiritual gatherings and individually created ceremonies and rituals to mark, honor and celebrate significant life events. And not just the obvious occasions such as weddings and funerals, but for all those thresholds which impact our lives.
I am also here for people who are seeking support or companionship in their exploration of spirituality, faith, tradition, belief system, or simply their sense that there is ‘more‘ to this experience of being human.
Those words about who I AM have been a long time in forming. I AM constantly on the path of growth; spiritual, intellectual, and psychological growth. I value loyalty, humility, and companionship. My heart is wide-open and I am willing to offer any assistance that I can. I am here to listen to you, your sorrows, your joys, and your depth. My deepest love is to honor any opportunities where you can encounter life in all its fullness, discover meaningfulness, and grow spiritually significant.
The interfaith initiatives of the late twentieth century—the opening of dialogue and sharing of wisdom among leaders and practitioners of different religions – have flowered into an exciting new possibility for spiritual exploration and expression. The late Wayne Teasdale, author of The Mystic Heart, coined the term “Interspirituality” to describe this new spiritual perspective.Beneath the diversity of theological beliefs, rites, and observances lies a deeper unity of experience that is our shared spiritual heritage. Mystical spirituality is the origin of all the world religions, and every authentic spiritual path offers unique perspectives and rich insights into this deeper, direct experience of truth. In our time, the wisdom and depth of all paths are available to anyone who brings an open mind, generous spirit and heart to the search across traditions.
All authentic spiritual paths, at their mystical core, are committed to the common values of peace, compassionate service, and love for all creation. An inner life awakened to responsibility and love naturally expresses itself through engaged spirituality, in “acts of compassion…, contributing to the transformation of the world and the building of a nonviolent, peace-loving culture that includes everyone.” (The Mystic Heart)
Interspirituality, as a term, was coined by Brother Wayne Teasdale, to connote a new way of exploring and deepening one’s spiritual life, a path unencumbered by religious dogma, one that emphasizes deed over creed, and one that holds the potential to not only transform the individual but to transform the world in such a way that love, communion and service become guideposts for daily interactivity.
As a process, Interspirituality emphasizes the riches that may be found in all traditions, paying special attention to commonalities that undergird them. From a practice perspective, the point is NOT to determine Right/Wrong and/or Better/Worse. Rather, practitioners are encouraged to cultivate consciousness, to delve deeply, to contemplate, to meditate, to embrace the mysticism found in each tradition, and to strive toward an experiential understanding that all beings are one in the same.
Interspirituality is different from Interfaith in that in reaches beyond the religious and into the spiritual. Interfaith helps us to understand and develop empathy for practitioners from other traditions while holding onto our own. It is a function of the curious and analytic mind. Interspirituality, on the other hand, leads us beyond cognition and into the realm of the heart, a boundless place of love, nurturance and acceptance. It is not enough to understand. No, Interspirituality invites us to live fully in the consciousness that we are all one.
Interspirituality is significant to our understanding of an Interfaith ministry in that it helps us to work within traditions, tackling such questions as “Who/What is God?” as well as beliefs around What is Right and Wrong, and it helps us to extend our work beyond socially constructed boundaries where, within the realm of experience, we transcend social prescriptions and discover the truth of who we really are – one in the same as the Divine.
Drawing on training and practice amidst most of the world’s major faiths, Interfaith/Interspiritual Ministers seek to reflect and value that which is at the heart of all faiths and belief systems. We hold that there are many paths to the One Truth and reflect that in our practice, service and ministry.
I serve so that people can discover spiritual meaning for themselves, and be awakened to their own sense of the sacred, whether or not they consider themselves religious or non-religious, spiritual or atheist. We minister wherever we’re asked to go, in a way that’s fitting for the people we’re supporting.
|Why Work With Me||
If you are closely involved or associated with a traditional religion or faith path, you probably would be drawn in the first instance to someone who represents your path. However, life today can be complicated. You may follow a different path from that of your partner, family, friends or community. You may be drawn to some elements of a tradition but you’re not sure that it fully speaks to you. You may have no history with any of the established faiths or belief systems but you feel a pull that won’t go away to go a bit deeper, look a little further.
And if you are wanting to mark those special life events in a way that is meaningful and sacred yet are not part of a recognized faith or tradition, or if your path does not support the life choices you have made, it can be difficult to fulfill your wishes.
That’s where I can help.