We will guide you on your path to becoming an Ordained Minister
As we all walk through this time of transformation together, we at CSS (Center for Sacred Studies) are resuming our Ministry Training Program. We are opening sooner than expected to meet “The Mother’s” call to bring forth more ministers to walk her prayer during this time of revolutionary change. We recognize the urgency for more Ministers to step into their practice in the world today.
CSS is accessible and inclusive to all interested applicants. Sexual orientation, gender identity, culture, disability status, learning differences or any other factors are welcome.
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Becoming a Minister of Prayer through the Center for Sacred Studies (CSS) prepares one to assist others as they move through the many transitions of life.
The directed study creates the opportunity to explore specific methodologies, practices, theories, traditions, beliefs, and philosophies, as well as allowing for the integration of individual spiritual experiences.
In addition to developing the skills and knowledge to act as a support to others, this process is designed to enlighten an individual's practice of worship and daily living—for the purpose of living life as a “walking prayer”.
Individuals who successfully complete the course of training can be ordained as a Minister of Prayer and will be qualified to conduct ceremonies, facilitate study groups, and mentor others in the process of spiritual growth unique to each individual.
Watch the Ministerial Training Program Introduction VIDEO With Jyoti
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We provide a substantial offering
The two-year online and on-site program consists of 22 monthly instructor’s audio and video modules, four breathwork workshops, and two five-day retreats held in Northern California.
Each full-time student has a Mentor, and there are two hour-long conference calls per month: one with the instructor, and one with the CSS Spiritual Director, Darlene Hunter.
The Ministry Training Program also includes 22 Teachings and Stories from our Elders around the world.
Areas of Study
For more information: Email firstname.lastname@example.org
(If you are employed by a company that offers tuition reimbursement, the MTP tuition may be eligible. Please contact your benefits coordinator).
Meet and Listen Rev. Shii Tuii Chadbourne, Serpent Clan 2011,
Facilitator and Spiritual Elder for the Northern River Bear Community,
On the MotherShip Program/Soul Whispers recorded on June 4, 2020:
"Bringing balance through the spirit of our Kiiwenzii (two-Spirit people)"
"CSS MTP helped me articulate my Inner Spiritual Voice and define my outer Spiritual Path. As a Black Italian EarthSpirit woman, seeking sources outside of the confines of Institutionalized world religions, the MTP program gave me what I was looking for-a sacred container, larger than myself, within which I could explore, express and give birth to my unique blend of cultural, spiritual and artistic heritage. It reinforced my belief in co-Creation. It confirmed my instinct and intuition to let form follow the flow. It rooted me even more deeply in my reverence for Mother Earth. It challenged me to exercise my Spiritual Authority to be the change I wish to see in the world by walking my prayer faithfully, authentically, compassionately, and courageously out of my heart and into the world. And, it strengthened my allegiance to Mother Earth, the Indigenous Peoples’ Movement and All Our Relations for the next Seven Generations." Rev. Karma Cloud
“The Ministry Program at the Center for Sacred Studies has been a foundational pillar on my path with Spirit. Its mystery teachings helped me to call forth parts of myself that had been dormant or poorly integrated, while offering me a framework in which I could safely explore and develop my gifts. Make no mistake, this program will transform you. Let it.” Rev. Michelle Coleman
“The most beautiful, life-changing gift I gave to myself was saying yes to this beautiful program. I am now surrounded by a community of wise teachers, elders, sisters and brothers who are cheering me on and holding me in a beautiful way. Completing this program was just the beginning. I now have a spiritual family.“ - Rev. Jennifer Hensiek
“Even more than an academic course of study, this training (MTP) was like surfing the current of prayer, a living, breathing a prayer of dedication and reverence to a new way that has deep roots in the old ways. So many of us are bereft, disconnected from the earth and from our own mother's love, but this ministry puts you right into the Mother's lap, right inside a love so abiding you have no choice but to shake off what no longer serves, and become an instrument in service to some utterly beautiful and humble and kind. I'm pretty wary about spiritual paths and shopping mall spirituality, and deeply discerning about taking vows, but I did not hesitate with this one. It's the real deal, it's a container in which you learn to walk with reverence on holy ground.- Rev. Naomi Ehrich