Interfaith Ministry Services, LLC

Healing the Spirit. Empowering the Soul.


Instructor: Rev. Dr. Stephanie Rutt

Dates: Six weekly Thursday meetings.
Thu., Sept. 20, 2018 through Thu., Oct 25, 2018

Time: 1:00 - 3:00 PM EST

Format: Zoom

Audience: World AWAKE members and extended communities

Description: This will be a 6-week on online course using my book, Living the Prayer of Jesus: A Study of the Lord’s Prayer in Aramaic. Each week participants will learn a line of the prayer in Aramaic and will be invited to share thoughts and reflections from the reading. In addition, participants will be encouraged to take the prayer, line by line, into a daily spiritual practice in order to experience the full impact of this well-known prayer in Aramaic.

Goals: Participant will learn the prayer in Aramaic and will understand the expanded meanings emerging from the prayer through the experience of the Aramaic language.

World Awake members click here to register:

Non World Awake Members, please visit Rev. Dr. Stephanie Rutt’s website at: 

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The Lord's Prayer in Aramaic

The Blooming of A Seminary: From a Seed of Vision Grows a Powerful Force

Sacred Journey Interfaith Seminary just celebrated its second Ordination, with a magnificent ceremony that included clergy from diverse communities. Rabbi, Sheik, Yoruban Priestess, Pagan, Christian, Apostolic Catholic, and Indigenous faith practitioners shared the dais, blessing the initiation and consecration of the new minsters.  Flanking the “ordainees” were ministers already ordained by Sacred Journey, and the newest crop of seminarians in training, all offering love, support and joyful singing.  This truly interfaith ceremony reverberated with the hope and promise of a world of true harmony and peace.

SJIS provides interfaith training and education from a unique vantage. In-person only, “Boots on the ground” monthly daylong sessions (and include students traveling from other states) integrate the four-pronged approach to interfaith understanding; wisdom, reflection, energy and ritual. Deans provide personal support and guidance, and maintain connection with students between sessions. Sacred retreat experiences create substantive opportunities for seminarians to experience a profound connection with Spirit.

The newly formed SJIS Alumni group meets quarterly and provides ongoing connection and community for those seminarians who have been ordained as clergy, and a strong spiritual community is blossoming as the relationships between SJIS ordained clergy and seminarians deepen.  

The next class starts in January of 2019, to begin a two-year program that culminates in ordination in November 2020. 

Applications can be found on the Sacred Journey Interfaith Seminary webpage at

Submitted by Sister Reverend Kris Drumm

Graduate and Dean of SJIS

Customized Marriage Boxes

My husband, Mike Schienle with  has custom designed these “marriage boxes” that are used in wedding ceremonies that I officiate.

Are you curious how this idea came about?

When I read the poem entitled “Marriage Box”; the sentiments were so true and eloqently written. With having a creative and imaginative mind, I decided to bring the marriage box to life and offered it in my wedding ceremonies for couples.

I explained it by having them first read the poem and then showing pictures of the customized marriage boxes that can be used in their ceremony. Then I described what goes into the marriage box which includes: their vows that are laminated and any poems and opening prayers they may choose for the ceremony. Some couples even write their own private vows and place it within the box until one year later and they read them. 

With each wedding some couples add different things into their marriage box, including special written messages from the wedding party. Others have put in a memento from their first date together such as a picture.  

I began this in 2017 and 95% of all my weddings for 2018 now choose the marriage box wedding package.


“Most people get married believing a myth that marriage is a beautiful box full of things they have longed for, companionship, intimacy and friendship, The truth is that marriage at the start is an empty box. You must put something in before you can take anything out.  There is no love in marriage.  Love is in people.  And people put love in marriage.  There is no romance in marriage.  You have to infuse it into your marriage.  A couple must learn the art and form the habit of giving, loving, serving, praising, keeping the box full.  If you take out more than you put in, the box will be empty.”

Self Sabotage and Self Destruct

There are so many times as a Minister that I hear or even witness people creating situations that put them back into chaos. In other words, they slide back to old patterns or behavior that got them to where they were in the first place.

What do I mean by that?

For some people who have had lived in chaos, drama and not very good living standards have really worked hard to get where they are in life. It did not come easy. Having said this, it is what was and is familiar to that person. 

So as the person becomes financially stable, life is going good and balanced, they create a situation or throw a monkey wrench into something that is good and they tend to slide back into the chaos they have just worked so hard to get out of.

As I have learned in my Pastoral classes and Ministry work, this is not always conscious to the experiencer. To some it is and to most it is not. 

Another person may not have the best self worth or self esteem and they will create the same scenario. They may sabotage so many good things that are happening for them.

I have actually heard some people I have talked to feel they are not worthy of anything. Therefore it is reflected in their way of life. 

There are also medical, emotional, lifestyle and many other variables that may factor into this scenario. This is where having a good counselor that you trust is so important. This also includes spirituality. We are after all Spiritual Beings having human experiences.

There are people on a daily basis that sabotage their weight loss programs. You also see it with folks trying to manage money. They keep spending and not saving. I could share so many more of these types of stories.

I have found once the experiencer realizes what they are doing, then they can begin to work on it. 

If you find you are experiencing these patterns or cycles of self sabotage, please know there is HOPE and HELP. It is okay to ask for help.

You Are Worthy

You Are Loved

You Are Valued

You Are Important

You Are Made In The Image and Likeness of God 

Abundant Blessings,

Rev. Rhonda Schienle 


Our dear friend and Author of “Twenty-Seconds: A True Account of Survival and Hope” Robert Tremblay, visited our lovely town of Valparaiso here in Indiana. 

He shared his amazing journey through two terminal diagnosis, hospice and a near-death experience.

There is an expression that “there are no words to describe” a moment, an event or one sharing their personal journey that leaves you with an impression that it can only be felt by the heart and an imprint left on your Soul.

On June 27th, 2017 that is about the best way to describe Robert’s visit with us. 

This amazing man traveling in his car, with his books, a tent and a journey to tell, came all the way from Arizona for his “Talk In The Park Series”. 

Some of our friends traveled over an hour to hear Robert. As I shared on this evening, this will be one night you will never be able to recapture or experience again. The moment was now and be present to it. 

There was something I personally took away (of many things) from the two days Robert stayed with us on this amazing journey. One big gigantic word “Connection”. People who stayed that evening and joined us around the campfire and opened their hearts to what is happening in their lives, was enligthening. I was and am deeply touched by this. Thank you Robert.

It has inspired me to have more campfires (Fire-pit), connections and allowing each of us to write those things which no longer serve us from our callings or passions and allow it to be placed in the fire-pit.

Stay tuned for our first fire-pit releasing gathering to claim our passions with purpose. 

Love, Light and Happy Healthy Travels Robert Tremblay.

My New Book!!!

Sister Sage’s Astrological Journeys is now available on Amazon, Kindle, Create Space and  Signed copies from me if you so choose.

Order link

I am so grateful and delighted for your support, encouragement and excitement for this book. 

Enjoy every minute and moment.

Abundant Spring Blessings

Happy New You!!

by Rev. Rhonda Schienle, Spiritual Laws, Theories and Practices Facilitator, Wedding Officiant and Founder of Interfaith Ministry Services, LLC


“Fabulously YOU in 2017”

On New Year’s Eve, as so many do, folks begin to write out all their resolutions for the following year. Many people write out so many, they almost lose count and what the focus was. It maybe weight loss, stop smoking or save money and about 50 other items on that list.

Are there other fun, inspiring and energizing ways we can attain our wishes, goals and outcomes? Did you notice the word “resolution” is not mentioned in the previous sentence? This word “resolution” has a connotation for many of us meaning hard work and labor intensive.

There is nothing wrong with a little elbow grease or hard work; but how about a different approach? By the way, it does not have to be this or that; it can be this and that if you so choose.

I am now handing you a “Fabulously You Certificate of Achievement” for 2017.

What is a “Fabulously You Certificate of Achievement”?

This certificate is already rewarding you for your achievements and accomplishments you have made thus far.

Many of us forget about how wonderful we are and the various achievements we attained even through challenges and obstacles.

This certificate also invites you to write up your favorite wish lists. Some refer to these as a bucket list.

Steps to utilizing your Certificate of Achievement

·      Get a new journal specifically for 2017

·      Write out all your wishes (this is always good to have for your check off list in the future)

·      Focus on 1 or 2 of these wishes you really want for 2017

·      Notate how much this wish or goal excites and energizes you and what it will feel like having or attaining it

·      Do three things each day toward your wish(s)

·      Have a friend to support you in this endeavor and cheer you on

·      Use affirmations and visualizations to energize your wishes

·      Give yourself permission to have it with gratitude

A suggested affirmation to use daily toward wish list

I am grateful for what I have received, am receiving and continue to receive. I experience pure enjoyment and excitement for achieving and attaining my  (write your wish) and know it is working to the greater good of all and so it is.

Happy New You!!!!

Rev. Rhonda Schienle

Click on the link below to create your Certificate of Achievement.


Happy New Year and Happy New You! 

I loved the title of my Blog. There are so many reasons why I am using all of these words today.

I am inspired to do so.

Just prior to the holiday season, I was going through Facebook and noticed someone had tagged me in one of the most loving posts I have seen in a long time. I had no idea this person felt the way they did, until they posted it. 

They said I did a talk a while back at a church service, at least over a year ago and shared that I inspired them. I did a talk on “Living With No Regrets” and writing out your all of your hearts desires or bucket list items was important to do. It does not mean you had to accomplish them all in the new coming year, but to have others inspire you along your journey was one of the many reasons I shared that in the service.

To have someone inform you that you are inspired is what I am really aiming for here in this Blog. If this beautiful lady never told me that I inspired her or was an inspiration in my talk, how would I know? 

As many know, my heartfelt mantra is “Healing The Spirit and Empowering The Soul.” I feel when I inspire someone and they let me know I have, I am fulfilling my spiritual purpose and work here. To empower another Soul is healing for me. This means all parties involved are on the receiving end of something so amazing and good. 

This morning, I simply posted a quote on my Spiritual Laws, Theories and Practices Facebook and it was the very thing someone was looking for. They wrote me privately in such excitement that it is a big missing part to what they needed - inspiring message. Ahhh.

My adorable husband inspires me to be the best I can be in all I do. His wisdom and knowledge in his software engineering field/technical inspire so many; especially when he does training. He is a great inspirational teacher. We need more of that in my opinion. I am inspired by his dedication and wanting to share his knowledge.

My friend Ron Papke, has so inspired me this year to write my book. If I had not told him this, how would he know? Furthermore, it is what he says he wants to do in this world. He wants your personal lives better than what they currently are. He says “always leave with making it better than how you found it.” Now that is inspiring. Ron, will share something he wants to work toward; and he does achieve it. He does not allow the diversions and distractions to get in his way. Now I am inspired big time by that.

My true hope here is that you share with those who inspire you and why. It is a wonderful feeling to share between all the people involved. Sometimes you have no idea you even have inspired someone by what you do, say or write. 

May you wake up every day to be inspired by others and inspirational to others.

Love and Light

Rev. Rhonda Schienle 

Rev. Rhonda Schienle ~ Wedding Officiant Northwest Indiana 

Congratulations to all the couples on your engagement announcements. I am booking wedding ceremonies for 2017 and wedding vow renewals


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