Rev. Jody Kessler
When I tell people that I'm an Interfaith Minister, I get both nods of enthusiasm and quizzical looks. "Wow, that's so cool! Um… what exactly IS an Interfaith Minister?”
Interfaith is not a religion. It’s a philosophy and a movement that encourages deep respect for diversity, while celebrating our common ground.
Interfaith Ministry draws upon the wisdom and inspiration from the teachings and traditions of the world's faiths. This diverse range includes both ancient and contemporary paths, and mainstream world religions as well as off-the-beaten-path spirituality. Interfaith Ministry also recognizes that many people self-identify as spiritual but not religious, spiritually-eclectic, or “outside the box”, and this is respected and honored. Each person's journey is unique.
So what does my own ministry look like?
I travel far & wide to congregations and spiritual communities as a visiting minister, sharing my personally-crafted blend of music, message, and meditation, as well as leading simple and powerful participatory ritual.
I have travelled across America leading global ecstatic chanting and multi-faith devotional music with my band, One Love.
I love officiating at weddings, baby blessings, coming-of-age ceremonies, memorial services, and other life-cycle rituals and sacred events, creating personalized ceremonies that express each client’s spirituality in an authentic and heartfelt way.
I also love to facilitate seasonal celebrations, retreats and workshops, bringing human beings together to deepen our connection to one another, to the earth, and to our shared source of creativity, spiritual power, and love.