The Interfaith Academy
2014 January Enrollment (Spring Semester)
Interfaith Academy is now accepting applications for the Interfaith Minister Program. If interested, please visit our registration page. Just click on the red words for more information. We offer in-person and online classes for individuals who wish to become Interfaith Ministers. Starting in January, 2014, we are only offering online classes. However, starting in late August, 2014, we will also offer in-person classes in Honolulu, Hawaii, as well as online classes. Online classes will use a seven week term with one week between terms. There are two terms in a semester and most students will take one or two classes in a term. Full time students online students will take two or more 3 credit hour courses each term. In-person classes, will use a traditional 14 week semester. A traditional full load for in-person semester is four classes. Consult the Academy Calendar has more details on what and when courses are offered. To enroll as a full time student, please visit this page. If you are enrolling to take Interfaith Minister courses, pay $100 per semester or term via PayPal and complete the Application for Enrollment. We look forward to meeting you in person or on line!
We also offer in-person Short Public Lectures / Discussions on topics of interest to the general public in Honolulu. Those modules will start in the Fall 2014 term. Each session within a module will last two hours with about half the time for lecture and discussion. Coffee and treats will be provided. Participates will be asked to donate $5 per session to cover costs.
What does an Interfaith Minister do?
Interfaith is welcoming and being knowledgable about their religion and at least the other major religious faith traditions in the world. In the education offered by the Academy, we stress comparative religion, philosophy as it relates to religion, and practical skills important to an Interfaith Ministers. Today, ministers must be able to (1) provide basic weekly faith services, do weddings, help people celebrate key passages in their lives, (2) counsel individuals on matters of crisis or challenges such as divorce, drug use, and family issues, (3) manage nonprofit organizations that provide useful services to the public, and (4) analyze public policy issues and provide help in issue advocacy. An Interfaith Minister may involve her or himself in all four areas of service but often one tends to specialize in one or two areas after the student as a working knowledge of all four areas.
Support and Legal Structure
The Academy is a nonprofit corporation in the United States and has 501(c)3 IRS status in the U.S. In addition, the Academy is an Asociacion Civil called ACADEMIA INTERNACIONAL DE LAS VERDADES UNIVERSALES in Mexico. We offer courses in English and eventually in Spanish. The minutes including financial information of both corporations will be posted in the Academy Blog.
Program of Study
The Academy provides (1) training to enhance knowledge about the major (and some of the minor) world religions, (2) training for those who wish to become Interfaith Ministers, and (3) training to become more effective at helping other people.
Other Board Members
Wayne Ford, Salvador Orozco Guillen, and Sylvia Elguea serve on both the boards of the American and Mexican corporations.
|Faculty of The International–||Academy for Interfaith Studies|
|Rev. Dr. Thomas Lynch
Rev. Letty Gonzales
|Rev. Jean Leone|
Our Educational Approach
All programs and modules are developed from a secular point of view and are not designed to promote one religion over another or atheism. Instead stress is placed on promoting religious understanding and appreciation for its contribution to human society.
Courses are done OnLine and in-person in Honolulu using lectures and discussions based on assigned readings and study questions. Students are asked to read the assigned readings, videos, or audios, and study questions before each session. Students should answer the study questions for each lesson and send them to the instructor for his or her feedback to the student. Some of the questions and answers for these sessions shall be used in the end of the year review.
Depending on the course, students may also be assigned independent or group exercises, which will be reviewed and commented upon by the instructor. Students are encouraged to work together in study groups.
Notice of Nondiscriminatory Policy (Based on recommended IRS language)
The International Academy for Interfaith Studies admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.