Exploring Spirituality through Activism and Interfaith Ministry

In the Spiritual Realm

Tamira was raised in a religious family, going to church each and every Sunday morning, Sunday night, and Wednesday night. She was sold on the love exemplified by Jesus, and still believes that if everyone were able to embrace his teachings and compassion there would be no need for moral activism...because everyone would realize the need to treat every other being fairly and kindly.

Yet there was a lot of abuse in her world, of both women/children and animals, and she couldn't justify these actions with God's love. For many years—although she always remained spiritual—she searched other avenues to the promise of the divine, studying meditation and other religions and spiritual practices.

She now believes that there are many paths to God, and each has validity and merit provided they are not advocating abuse or harm in the name of religion. Her faith practices and ministry reflect this belief.

In the late 1990s Tamira began study with the American Institute of Holistic Theology, and earned a Bachelor's, Master's, and Doctor of Naturology. She is currently at work on the Ph.D. level dissertation. In 2012 she decided to embrace ordination as an Interfaith Minister through AIHT, adding the specific coursework required, and was co-ordained in April 2013 as an Interfaith Minister from A World Alliance of Interfaith Clergy and from The Order of Universal Interfaith.

Tamira shows compassion for an abused dog, for
which she pays a legal price, but the dog doesn't
suffer another moment of abuse

As her first official act as a minister after ordination, Tamira performed a cleansing ceremony at the Good Newz Rehab Center for Chained and Penned Dogs, in coordination with two other local ministers (pictured right). She also undertook a 30 Day Hunger Strike against abuse of power in Surry County, VA. For this she landed in the hospital for 2 days after Day 30.