Ordained an Interfaith Minister, June 6th, 2009
by 97 year old Rabbi Joseph Gelberman,
founder of All Faiths Seminary, New York City.
Licensed in New York City, June 8th, 2009.
The All Faith seminary yearly program changed and enhanced my life. We culminated our yearly studies at a 3 day retreat at the Cardinal Spellman Retreat House in New York. There we were tested on our knowledge of all the many religions we had studied, as well as ways to help people, and what we wanted our ministries to focus on.
During the retreat I had an opportunity to reflect on this new exciting journey in my life of wanting to give back to others. This then produced several insightful thoughts. During one of our exercises we were told to write at the top of a circle the words “I am” and to complete our thoughts writing around the whole circle. I wrote the following:
“I AM THE EYE TO YOUR SOUL THAT WILL SHOW YOU THE WAY TO PEACE AND TRANQUILITY WHICH WILL UNITE EACH OTHER IN LOVE.”
“I AM HERE TO HELP ONE ANOTHER ON THE IMPORTANCE OF LAUGHING AND BEING TRULY ALIVE WITH YOURSELF”
My ministry is about giving back and helping others and in turn helping and healing through acting, singing, comedy, journal writing, working with birds and other animals, crafts, motivational sermons, counseling, yoga, meditation, Tai-Chi, physical exercises, gardening and floral arrangements.
It will be focused on the areas of peace, love, forgiveness, compassion, and understanding and the removing of all hate and anger in our lives. We are all one blood so therefore we’re all one family and need to help one another.
My ministry is to help people release their unique creativity to find their purpose in this world and to discover why we were put here. It is to help achieve this by offering many creative outlets. I’m here for you to be the bridge between anger and hate towards loving life and yourselves.
My ministry will help all people become more in touch with their feelings. It will also help free people from negative people around them. That is the way you will have peace inside yourself.
I will work with people who want to remove hate and anger in their lives. This will greatly help allow us to open our love for ourselves and one another.
My ministry will teach through all of the above means to help yourself through helping others.
This is my ministry.
Reverend Sheppard is honored to officiate at every type of marriage, marriage vow renewals, spiritual counseling, funerals, baby namings, baby blessings, house blessings and new business blessings.
I’m available to be of service to you in any helpful way possible. I await hearing from you.