After a lifetime of exploring firsthand spiritual practices, author and mediation teacher Gudjon Bergmann decided to try a different approach in his quest to understand religion and spirituality. He entered All Faiths Seminary to become an Interfaith Minister. After months of study, reflection, and contemplation, an interfaith framework unveiled itself to him—a model that placed experience at the heart of every religion and solved a persistent East-West conundrum in the process.
Once completed, Bergmann began showing the model to people of different faiths and persuasions. From the outset, it appeared to help everyone understand his or her personal faith at a deeper level, no matter the cultural or religious background—even agnostics and atheists found it helpful.
In addition, the model’s experiential approach opened a new pathway for interfaith communications. Instead of talking about stories and cultures—which are different from one religion to another—people from different faiths were given a tool to talk about something that they have in common, their experiences.
What the Experifaith model did was to unveil an invisible string that ties the pearl necklace of human spirituality together. The surface structures—our stories, philosophies, dogmas and orthodoxies—are not the same, but we are, because we are human. Based on the model, Bergmann now facilitates dialogues, offers individual spiritual consultations, interfaith programs, and will be starting a community in 2018.