Gudjon Bergmann was ordained to be an interfaith minister on June 17, 2017, after studying at All Faiths Seminary International in New York, affording him the titled Reverend, which he uses sparingly. The training widened his view of the world and helped him understand how the world's religions are both similar and completely different. His primary focus is to help improve relations between people of different faiths and to explore similarities between religious traditions.
As Bergmann understands it, an interfaith minister is someone who:
a) facilitates relationships between people who adhere to different faiths and/or ideologies
b) serves people’s spiritual needs by assisting with everything from spiritual care to weddings to end of life celebrations
c) helps people who want to be spiritual in their own way (a.k.a. interspiritual) to organize their beliefs so that they do not create constant inner battles
In 2018, Bergmann founded Harmony Interfaith Initiative in Hays County Texas with the aim of helping improve relations between people of different faiths. The organization has since offered in-person and online programs for hundreds of people from all over the world.
In January 2019, Bergmann published a book with some of the most effective bridge-building ideas he had found during his two year research process. The book was titled Co-Human Harmony: Using Our Shared Humanity to Bridge Divides.
Based on his work with this organization, Bergmann offers talks, online programs, bridge-building experiences, and consultations. Contact him for more information.