ChI Interfaith Community

Our faith community was founded by clergy with a vision of meeting the need for true interfaith dialogue and for the promotion of peace and understanding in our world today. Our community includes ordained ministers, spiritual directors, lay people, students, and like-hearted individuals from all walks of life, who seek to understand, connect, grow, and work together for a more just, peaceful, sustainable world. 

We welcome everyone ‐ no matter who you are, who you love, where you've been, or what you believe – into our community as we gather for celebration, reverence, creativity and healing. We invite you to participate as fully as you wish.

The ChI Interfaith Community seeks to:

  • Honor both the diversity and the unity of all beings, cultures and faith traditions.
  • Serve as celebrants (as applicable) and assist others in ritualizing the cycles of life, including weddings and memorials.
  • Delight in the rich gifts and lessons of the wisdom teachings and truths of other faith traditions, while also fully embracing our own respective traditions.

Our Interfaith Ministers and Spiritual Directors:

  • Support people in finding meaning within life, crisis, suffering, and loss, as well as sorting out their relationship to the Great Mystery.
  • Provide compassionate, respectful spiritual care to people of all faiths, as well as people of no faith.
  • Serve as celebrants (as applicable) and assist others in ritualizing the cycles of life, including weddings and memorials.
  • Recognize the Holy everywhere: in prisons, hospitals and hospices, corporations, houses of worship, nature and the streets.


As a spiritual community, the ChI Interfaith Community is also the ordaining body of The Chaplaincy Institute. The ChI Interfaith Community calls and ordains clergy and provides ongoing spiritual and professional support for our clergy.  Our ordained Interfaith ministers and commissioned chaplains receive and maintain "Clergy in Good Standing" status for professional functioning as celebrants, ministers, and chaplains.

For Interfaith ministers working as professional chaplains, Clergy in Good Standing status by the ChI Interfaith Community is recognized by The Association of Professional Chaplains, Association of Clinical Professional Education, and College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy. 

In addition, ordained clergy of the Interfaith Community are recognized by the U.S. Government and may claim clergy tax status for Income Tax reporting. 


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