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Presented at The Chaplaincy Institute's Spring 2017 Ordination and Credentialing Ceremony, March 18, 2017
I retired as a microbiologist and began to volunteer and assist seniors and their pets with disaster preparation at the Rossmoor Senior Community in Walnut Creek, CA. My Errand was connecting me with more training and more people needing care and support. In the first aid class and the emergency radio classes, I met two people who referred me to the Chaplaincy Institute. As I perused their website, my 70 year old heart seemed to leap --- and it wasn’t a heart attack! I knew I was called to enroll with The Chaplaincy Institute!
Please consider donating for the future of The Chaplaincy Institute and future men and women to be ordained as Interfaith Ministers!
I have been thinking about how ChI has helped my formation journey as an Interfaith Minister and Chaplain. When I bring my gift to accompany others on their awakening journey, I bring a great deal of what I learned in my Interfaith Studies at ChI with me.
I am deeply appreciative that The ChI Interfaith Community is my community, supporting the ministry I am engaged in, with the intention to bring healing and transformation. For its continued growth and sustainability, I realized how important it is to support ChI through a monthly contribution. The mission statement includes a much needed expanded interfaith role which can be made possible by support from monthly contributions. I hope you will join me in doing so. Together, we take a step forward.
Rev. Margaret Northall, RN
I was working on my Core Competencies when I received the May 21, 2016, Spring Appeal email that included ChI's mission statement. I've read it before but this time it had a whole new meaning to me as I am coming closer to being officially a member of The ChI Interfaith Community. I just melted. What an affirmation for me that this is just where I am meant to be. I felt so grateful. These are my goals too. I have been observing that interfaith is more and more the way of the future and there it is in the mission statement. I do see ChI adventurously delving into cutting edge approaches to facilitate that mission.
And the second half, "To heal and transform the world” has been my daily intention for a long time. In the back of my mind, I always felt that one day I would be able to go to the United Nations and negotiate peace between...well you can fill in the blanks there! Then the realization came to me that that was highly unlikely, as much as I wanted to do it and thought I could actually make it happen! Ah, youth. Such big visions.
Then I wondered what I could do to help bring about peace. I decided that teaching yoga was one way to contribute to world peace. It is a small way, but one that would have a cumulative effect. With that express goal in mind, I am now starting my 18th year of Sunday Morning Yoga Sanctuary.
Feeling this kinship with ChI, I started a modest monthly contribution to support the work of ChI.
Thank you ChI!
Rev. Mary Jane Ryan-Connelly
I completed the Interfaith Studies Certificate Program at ChI after two years of study and was ordained an Interfaith Minister by The ChI Community. After spending the previous 25 years in the high-tech business world, I can only describe my experience at ChI as life changing. My perspectives of Divinity, of other people, and of myself are so much broader today than when I started my training, and I am a happier, more fulfilled, and a more grounded person as a result. I am a monthly donor to ChI because, as a “satisfied customer,” I strongly support its mission and embrace its values. I know that tuitions alone do not provide sufficient operating capital for ChI to maintain its academic and ordination programs at the level of quality I desire, expect and have received. My monthly gift helps ChI to have broader visibility into its financial resources—a sense of security for maintaining annual programs and objectives.
I also make an annual year end donation to ChI to help support the plans made by the ChI Board, faculty, and staff to expand and develop ChI’s programs and reach. During my two years, I saw some of these dreams bear fruit, to the benefit of many. The leadership team does a good job of keeping me informed of its directions and intentions, so I have a good idea about how my annual contribution can help.
Recently the ChI leadership sent out the results of its annual strategic planning retreat. I encourage you to review the mission, values, and goals outlined on the website to learn more. If they resonate with you, please consider offering your financial support.
Your ongoing support provides the cash flow necessary to sustain and grow our organization into the future and allows you to show your longer-term ongoing commitment to an organization that is meaningful to you.
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