Rev. Joshua: My Interspiritual Journey
The first time I officiated at a wedding I knew my life had changed forever. While performing the ceremony I realized my reward is in how much love I get to witness, and how much love I get to share.
I am an “InterSpiritual” minister. InterSpirituality is the common ground where all wisdom traditions meet. It is not one specific religion or spiritual path. On the contrary, InterSpiritualty honors diversity -- our shared humanity beneath our superficial differences. I serve women and men of all faiths, from those who say they are “spiritual but not religious” to people with a deep commitment to a specific religion. I honor atheists and agnostics, too. We’re all in this world together, sharing joys and sorrows.
I became an InterSpiritual minister in response to the world-changing events of September 11, 2001. I saw my beloved New York City reeling from an unimaginable event, and wanted to be part of its healing.
This led me to New York City’s One Spirit Interfaith Seminary. Following ordination I studied InterSpiritual Counseling for three additional years. I have used these stills as a chaplain and leadership team member of New York’s Disaster Chaplaincy Services. We work directly with the American Red Cross and numerous other local, state and federal departments and organizations.
Before ordination as an InterSpiritual minister and my certification as a marriage officiate, I was an entertainment publicist. My clients included dozens of award-winning Broadway and off-Broadway productions and individuals including Barry Manilow and Michael Feinstein.
In 2011, shortly after the Marriage Equality Act was signed into law in New York State, I approached Sheldon Harnick, the Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning lyricist of “Fiddler on the Roof,” asking if he would consider writing a new set of lyrics for his immortal song, “Sunrise, Sunset,” specifically for same-sex couples. Mr. Harnick honored my request and excitement about his new, revised “Sunrise, Sunset” lyrics made news around the world.