I am an Inter-spiritual Minister, educated in seminary, ordained, and legally registered to perform weddings and ceremonies for couples of all spiritual beliefs and practices.
My life journey has been interesting. As a kid, I always wondered why I was here, if I had a life mission, if there is an afterlife. I've always been deeply attracted to things of "spirit"...and found great solace in nature as a budding tomboy. I was fascinated by and loved to visit different churches, and be with people of other cultures and belief systems. I was raised Presbyterian...I loved the rituals, and singing in the choir, but found I needed to look outside organized religion to find my answers to the big questions.
Prior to ordination, I've enjoyed a fulfilling career as an actor, singer and voiceover artist and have a BFA in music and drama from Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pa, my hometown. Performing and creative expression remain an enormous part of my spiritual practice. I was ordained as an Interfaith minister by The New Seminary for Interfaith Studies in NYC and I have advanced certification in Spiritual Counseling from One Spirit Interfaith Seminary, also in NYC. From 2008-2011, I was Dean of 1st year students at The New Seminary for Interfaith Studies. I counsel in NYC, Woodstock, via Skype and telephone throughout the country and internationally. I am a member of Spiritual Director's International, A World Alliance for Interfaith Ministers, and Order of Universal Interfaith. I am available for weddings in NYC, the Hudson Valley, and the Capital District. I love to travel and I would be happy to officiate a ceremony beyond New York, and the USA!
So why Interfaith?
I've enjoyed exploring all of the worlds religious faiths, including earth-based traditions, and while my personality is drawn to some more than others, I find my quest to be outside of any organized religion. Interfaith is not a religion, rather a philosophy that espouses the understanding that there are many paths to Universal Truth. My friends and colleagues span the spectrum of the many ways to explore the spiritual aspect of being human...from Atheist to Zen Monk, and everything in between. What we all share is the desire to serve humanity, and to awaken to Unity consciousness. It is this desire to speak the "language" of the many traditions that serves me in reflecting your unique beliefs and practices in the ceremony that we'll co-create.
© Copyright, Sandra Bargman, 2018.
Ordination at Saint John the Divine Cathedral in Manhattan.