In the years since my 1998 ordination, my theology and spirituality have broadened and deepened. So when I felt a call to become an Interfaith minister at large in my community, it felt imperative to realign myself with a faith community sharing similar thought and practice.
My primary need for transferring my ministerial standing to the CHI Interfaith Community was to experience professional and spiritual belonging, credibility for my ministry in my local community, and accountability to an organization greater than myself. However, what I’ve experienced in the process of preparing to transfer my ministerial standing has been far more comprehensive and rich than I ever imagined it would be!
The Chaplaincy Institute, affectionately called CHI , is the educational body affiliated with the CHI Interfaith Community. While attending CHI , I’ve encountered a world-class faculty who are not simply teaching, they are out in our world making a difference as Interfaith ministers. And my peers in the CHI program and in the CHI Interfaith Community are doing the same. Each sought out CHI as a means of fully equipping themselves to respond to their own unique inner call to Interfaith ministry. Thus, my vision for all that’s possible to bring understanding, healing, and peace to our world has been greatly expanded, and my own contribution to that is heartily encouraged.
What has been most surprising about the process of transferring has been the personal, professional, and spiritual growth which has been both prompted, guided, and fully supported by the program design and the faculty. I’m gaining knowledge and skill. My spirituality and spiritual practices have been enriched. I’ve done considerable inner work over the years, yet there remained deeper parts of myself ready for further healing and strengthening so that I can serve others authentically and powerfully. These have been gently coaxed into the light to be attended with trust and loving-kindness.
My transfer process may have begun with my desire for professional and spiritual affiliation, but it has now become all of that and much more. It’s a journey of transformation.