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A beautiful example of compassionate service is Kat Kowalski, who will be ordained a minister by The ChI Interfaith Community this spring. Kat is the Pediatric Palliative Care Chaplain Fellow at Johns Hopkins, helping parents who have received a disheartening prenatal diagnosis navigate pregnancy and the birth of their baby, providing spiritual and emotional support to families as they care for and, perhaps, face the end of the life of their sick infant. “Even the shortest lives are bright lights,” Kat says. “I am privileged to hold space for such unfathomable love and sorrow.” Here is an amazing video about the compassionate work that Kat and her co-workers do for families in need
ChI Community Members Take A Stand at Standing Rock
Among the more than 500 interfaith clergy and laity called to stand with the Standing Rock Sioux Nation in solidarity against construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline last month was Deb Hansen, a member of ChI's ordained clergy and Spiritual Direction Certificate Program student at The Chaplaincy Institute. Deb joined with eight fellow students from the Pacific School of Religion and Starr King School for the Ministry who made the 30-hour cross country trip from the Bay Area to stand in solidarity with 524 interfaith allies representing 20 faith traditions and witness with those protecting the tribe's land and water supply.
Also standing in protest of the Dakota Access Pipeline is ChI Core Faculty member Patricia St. Onge, who participated in a rally held at Oakland, California's Frank Ogawa Plaza as part of a national day of solidarity with the Sioux Tribe. This event is among several events and activities Patricia led across the country (including at Standing Rock) in support of this critical issue.
►Read Deb's Story
►Read Patricia's Story
►Standing Rock: How to Lend Your Support
In this Issue
ChI Community Welcomes New Interfaith ClergyOn Saturday, November 19, 2016, The ChI Interfaith Community ordained six new ministers at Christ Church in Berkeley, California before a congregation of about 100 people, including ChI students, clergy, spiritual directors, faculty, staff, board members and ordinands' family members, spouses, partners and friends. Pictured above they are (from left): Rev. Sharon Campton, Rev. Sue Gimpel, Rev. Toni Saul, Betty Spamer, Rev. Lisa Winston, Rev. Molly Johnson. This event also included a special ceremony honoring Betty (center) for completing ChI's Interfaith Spiritual Direction Certificate Program.
►Read Ordinands' Homilies
►Read Rev. Jessica Shine's Offering Appeal
Meet Rev. Dr. Sheldon Hurst
Art Curating for Collective Spiritual Formation
Sheldon, a graduate of both ChI's Interfaith Spiritual Direction Certificate and Transfer of Ministerial Standing programs, sees art exhibits as a way to initiate genuine dialogue and interaction between cultures and traditions within the local community.
Are you called to Interfaith ministry and chaplaincy but unsure how to fulfill your calling? ChI's Types of Interfaith Ministries page can help. The purpose of this page is to educate potential students on the many ways there are to be of Interfaith service and how training at ChI can manifest in the world.
The other goal of the page is to celebrate the good works of our clergy. If you are a ChI graduate interested in writing a few paragraphs about your work and how you use your ChI education, please email Shawn@chaplaincyinstitute.org.
Leaves of LifeInterfaith educator and ChI Guest Faculty member, Charles Burack, recent published "On Turning Sixty: Counsel From My Inner Wisdom on How to Live," an article in Tikkun Daily, the multimedia blog site and "Leaves of Life," a book of poetry. In the article, Charles offers 11 pearls of wisdom for sexagenarians. In his luminous collection of poems, Charles meets trees, flowers, birds, spiders, cats, seals, and other wondrous and endangered creatures as equals. They share their wisdom and beauty, love and fear, humor and suffering and inspire in him profound ponderings, playful antics, and startling realizations. Other poems scintillate with the mysteries of human love, loss, death, and celebration. The poem entitled I Am won first prize in the international Songs of the Soul Poetry Contest.
Coming in 2017: Eco-Ministry/Eco-Leadership Program Pilot
“When you look at what is happening to our planet – and it is hard to look at what’s happening to our water, our air, our trees, our fellow species – it becomes clear that unless you have some roots in a spiritual practice that holds life sacred and encourages joyful communion with all your fellow beings, facing the enormous challenges ahead becomes nearly impossible.”
-Joanna Macy, environmental activist, author, scholar of Buddhism, general systems theory, and deep ecology
The ChI Seminary is responding to the deep desire and soul-longing for many to take action, bear witness, and heal our connection with Earth. This two-part series is a pilot to encourage the curriculum's evolution into an established ChI program:
Part One: Earth-Based Traditions Themed Module (part of ChI's Interfaith Studies Certificate Program), February 15-19, 2017
Part Two: Eco-Ministry for Life on Earth, April 25-29, 2017 (Begins midday Tuesday - 2:00 pm Saturday)
Visit a Module
If you are interested in learning more about our seminary programs and potentially becoming a student, we invite you to visit the first day of an Interfaith Studies Certificate Program module as our guest.
February 15-19, 2017 Earth Based Traditions Themed ModuleThis module offers a general, broad brushstroke on a canvas far richer than a 5-day course of study can begin to cover. In the classroom, students receive an introduction to earth-based traditions: Wiccan, Pagan, Indigenous as well as Eco-Spirituality. Standing classes taught by Core Faculty further the students’ studies of various spiritual care practices, theological literacy and public speaking. In site visits with guest faculty representing First Nations in North America, and parts of Africa, students will receive teachings from these sacred worldviews by participating in a Sweat Lodge ceremony and visiting a drumming studio, in East Oakland, to celebrate the rhythms of Africa.
►To register or enroll, in this single module immersion opportunity, contact: Mary Hicken, Admissions Manager, at 510-631-3066 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Attend Our Monthly Labyrinth Service
December 30, 2016 - Interfaith Labyrinth Service
2017 SDI Conference
Seeking Connection - April 20-28 Toronto, Canada
Fragmentation characterizes much of our global experience. Political and religious ideologies divide. Separation from nature threatens human survival on our planet. Lack of a spiritual center leaves many living a divided existence.
2017 ACPE Conference
What We Need is Here - May 3-6
Support The Chaplaincy Institute by Shopping this Holiday SeasonDuring this gift giving time of the year, please consider giving to ChI as well by making your online purchases through Amazon Smile and iGive. Both sites will donate a portion of your purchases to ChI, at no additional costs to you!
We Need You!
Due to the very limited part time paid staff resources at ChI, we rely heavily on volunteers to come forward and bring their skills and talents to ChI to assist with various operations, If you have time to dedicate to ChI, we would love to have you.
The Chaplaincy Institute's mission is to educate and empower people for new models of Interfaith service and spiritual care to heal and transform our world.