Celebrant or Minister what’s the difference?


Nowadays there are many courses in Ireland that will teach you how to become a celebrant.
Some of them even give you the right to perform legal ceremonies.
So, what is the difference between becoming a celebrant and becoming an interfaith minister?
In this blog, I will try and explain the main differences from my perspective.

First, a celebrant signed up to perform ceremonies. A minister signed up to do ceremonies, provide spiritual support where needed, be a social activist and spiritual leader. As you see, the ceremony is just a part of all the work that a minister does. As opposed to our job being solely to create and perform ceremony, we promised to take on ministerial work. This work might well look different for every single interfaith minister out there (as do our ceremonies, that is the beauty of our community).

As per the code of ethics of the One Spirit interfaith foundation all ministers also agree to continue their spiritual development and have supervision.
There is a lot more to a minister than meets the eye!

What I described above is just the ‘visible’ part of being a minister. A lot of our work goes unnoticed, as not all ministers feel the need to shout of a mountaintop every time we give some love to our planet or our fellow human.

There is a big ‘invisible’ part of being an interfaith minister, and that is our vow.
My vow is my sacred promise, between myself and the divine.
Every interfaith minister lives with their own, unique, personal vow. This sacred promise is the foundation of all work that we do and the life that we live. Just like any vow, some days it is easier to fulfil than others, but it is always there.

So really, what I am saying is that being an interfaith minister is so much more than performing ceremony. Even though this is likely how you might encounter us first, know that there is a lot more to us than meets the eye.

If you would like to learn more about One Spirit interfaith, visit our website: https://www.interfaithfoundation.org/
Or, of course, you can ask me 😊


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