ONLINE Interfaith/Interspiritual Educational Programs, Degrees, and Spiritual Community

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About Us

All Paths Divinity School is an affordable, online, interfaith, interspiritual seminary – a multifaith distance-learning institution, where you can be ordained as an Interspiritual Interfaith Minister, earn your advanced degree in Interfaith Ministry, Interfaith Theology, or Religious Studies.

Since 2006 the founders of All Paths have been deeply involved in a confluence of related and groundbreaking interfaith educational projects including one of the web’s first online peace studies courses and the development of plans for an International Religion Museum.

Thousands of people from all walks of life from around the world have benefited from our online educational programming and more than 300 students completed the peace course. Another successful project was a short video which became adopted by an Anti-Defamation League program about teaching tolerance, shown to over 35,000 children nationwide.

The roots of All Paths Divinity School go back to these and other seminal programs. In response to the volume of interest in them, coupled with an indelible awareness that the world is in crisis and that many are being called to be “of service”, the founders saw a need to create a more comprehensive educational opportunity that could support others in their path to ministry. With this solid foundation, over the past couple of years, All Paths Divinity School has evolved into a rigorous but progressive religious school. We founded our programs on the principles that it would be, most of all, affordable, experiential, heart-centered, student-centered, easily accessible, and all the while fostering a supportive and flexible environment mentoring students to go deeper into their studies and supporting the intensification of their ongoing spiritual growth.

All Paths is proud of its outstanding educational team of highly respected educators. Most are proactive members of the Los Angeles interfaith community and/or engaged in global interfaith work through organizations like the Parliament of the World’s Religions, United Religions Initiative, North American Interfaith Network and others.

Our greatest endorsement is the caliber of faculty members and students who believe in and support what we’re doing. Our diverse faculty are world-class experts, seasoned college professors, academic advisers, and long-time interfaith ministers. Many of our team have either trained at or are professors at highly respected institutions such as Graduate Theological Union, Harvard Divinity School, Hartford Seminary and others. Our team all have their own religious/spiritual pathways and we do not dictate any one way to our students. All Paths is an innovator on the leading edge of interfaith, pioneering new inroads to religious/inter-spiritual studies.

Garnering further credibility, All Paths Divinity School is a member institution of the Council of Interfaith Communities, CIC-USA, a recognized ecclesiastical body for Interfaith Ministers. (CIC-USA is recognized by the Association for Professional Chaplaincy, and The College of Pastoral Supervision & Psychotherapy, who are agencies which certify professional chaplains and pastoral counselors).

As you can see, despite being a relatively new school, we have a solid foundation and tremendous faculty, student and community support. All Paths attracts students who are open-minded, heart-centered individuals with pioneering spirits who do not necessarily fit the mold of traditional ministry training programs. If you are looking for quality and dependability we have it.



A few of the things which make us different:

•    No residency or travel requirements
•    Self-paced coursework without set class times
•    Ongoing enrollment all year round
•    A diverse world-class faculty of teacher/mentors
•    Among the lowest priced programs available
•    You graduate with a Degree, not just Ordination.

Please be encouraged to further explore our institution’s offerings as we truly believe that we are contributing something substantial in this field. We would love for you to consider being one of one our All Paths pioneers and hope to hear more about you!


PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS


Endorsements

“This does not feel like regualr school, but more like an ongoing extended spiritual retreat.” M.Div. student, who is a professor at another school.

“This is just exactly what is needed! It is going to be very successful.”   – Rev. Shayna Lester, Prison Chaplain, Family Therapist, Rabbi of the Jewish Renewal Movement”

“Anything you are doing I will support. Sign me up. This is amazing.”   – Rev. Dr. Jeff Utter, Harvard Divinity School, Pastor at 1st Christian Church of Garden Grove

“I wish this program was available when I went to seminary!”   – Rev. Kathy McNair, McKormick Seminary, Sacred Spaces Project World Parliament of Religions

Administrative Staff

The founders/directors embrace a non-hierarchical management model of heart-centered, cooperative leadership. Currently, administrative roles are rotated as needed, each staff member supporting the others in student mentoring and grading papers.

Debrah Friedland-van Zyl
Co-Founder & Director
debrah@allpathsdivinityschool.org
admissions@allpathsdivinityschool.org

Andre van Zijl

Co-Founder & Director

andre@allpathsdivinityschool.org

curriculum@allpathsdivinityschool.org

Dr. Joseph Prabhu
Academic Adviser
info@allpathsdivinityschool.org

Kelsey Greathouse
Accounting | Tuition
accounts@allpathsdivinityschool.org

Accreditation

All Paths degrees are religious degrees. Religious education is not regulated by the United States Department of Education nor it’s regional accrediting bodies, and do not require accreditation. Some Seminaries/Divinity Schools are accredited by private non-government agencies. Such agencies accredit Bible Colleges and tend to have a Judeo-Christian orientation.  All Paths is not a traditional seminary, as its curriculum is non -denominational, interfaith/interspiritual. It covers many religions, spiritual traditions and their sacred texts; curriculum typically outside the scope of bible-college accreditation requirements. Most importantly, All Paths has designed an affordable, student-centered program open to all the world’s spiritual traditions. In order to gain accreditation the cost of our programs would need to be increased dramatically and the curriculum would have to be significantly modified. Such a path is not of our choosing at this time. We recognize that accreditation ,might be important for some students and though preferable in some sectors, accreditation is not always a requirement. Where as our degrees are accepted in many quarters it will not always be accepted in all employment situations. The tide is turning in this regard. More and more institutions are accepting interfaith ministers and alternative training programs.