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|January 2017 - News & Events|
In Memorial: Huston Smith
Huston Smith, renowned world religions scholar and author died after a long illness on Friday, December 31, 2016, at his home in Berkeley, California. He was 97.
Huston was largely responsible for introducing Eastern religion to Americans with his 1950s television series The Religions of Man, which led to his classic textbook, The World's Religions, which sold over two million copies and remains a popular introduction to comparative religion.
He is credited with bringing Martin Luther King Jr. to lecture at then-segregated Washington University in St. Louis in the 1950s, and with helping first bring the Dalai Lama to the United States.
A friend of ChI's Founder, Rev. Gina Rose Halpern, Mr. Smith was one of the primary inspirations for offering our studies of the world's major religions at The Chaplaincy Institute. Mr. Smith was honored for his interfaith leadership in 2007 at an event co-hosted by ChI. Two weeks after the event, Gina Rose visited with him and he had this to say about ChI: " “In this time when religion is assuming increasing importance—for both good and ill—it is wonderful to have an institution like The Chaplaincy Institute which teaches people how to respect other faiths without falling into relativism.”
Our gratitude to Huston Smith for dedicating his life to paving the way and our prayers to his family and to those who mourn his loss.
►Read more about ChI's event honoring Mr. Smith
►New York Times Obituary
Join ChI in 2017Contemplating how you will serve humanity, especially in today's complex political climate? We encourage you to make this the year you attend ChI.
In addition to our unique offerings of interfaith ministry, chaplaincy and spiritual direction education, this year ChI is piloting a new Eco-Ministry Intensive that "will equip individuals for the furthering of innovative, life-sustaining and healing practices for Earth and humanity," says Rev. Lauren Van Ham, ChI's Seminary Dean.
Hear Lauren's message about this new offering.
At The Chaplaincy Institute, we believe that the world is in need of the gifts and talents of every individual called to service. We are dedicated to supporting your unique call.
Join us in 2017!
►Click here to learn more about ChI's programs.
►Read more about Eco-Ministry Intensive
►Or email Mary Hicken, Admissions Manager, for more information
ChI Comings and GoingsStaff - We are pleased to welcome Meg Starbuck, a long-time nonprofit bookkeeper, to our team as Finance Manager. Meg replaces Anne Devlin, who resigned in December, as well as Lisa Thorne, our accountant for the past eight years. "We thank Anne for her short but mighty contributions to moving ChI forward in terms of our systems and processes, and we feel blessed to have Lisa's professionalism and dedication to our mission for so long," says Executive Director Vicki Weiland. "Lisa has been a strong partner to me and to our staff and board. She will remain involved at ChI, as a graduate of our Interfaith Spiritual Direction Certificate Program and as a forever member of our community. Thank you will never seem enough, Lisa."
Board - Our very special thanks also goes out to volunteer Board President Jim Christiansen and to Treasurer Mike Stamper who both served three, two-year terms, as well as to Tim Geckle who's two-year term as a Board Member At Large also ended December 31. We so appreciate each of their service which will be further acknowledged at our upcoming ordination ceremony in March.
In the meantime, ChI is looking for new board leaders. If you, or someone you know, are interested, please contact board member Sharon Mooney.
►Read more about Meg
►Read more about ChI Board opportunities
Five Ways Spiritual Direction Can Improve Your New Year
Have you included “getting spiritually grounded” on your list of goals for 2017? If so, you may find the practice of spiritual direction helpful. Spiritual direction is a contemplative look at what really matters in your life, says Teresa Blythe, Founder of the Phoenix Center for Spiritual Direction, and author of 50Ways to Pray, a popular how-to-book for small group leaders, clergy, spiritual directors and individuals who long for new ways to pray. Here are five ways spiritual direction can be helpful to you, she says:
A Message of Hope from John Robinson in Time for the Presidential InaugurationIn this article, ChI ordained Rev. John Robinson, Ph.D., D.Min., proposes ways to cope with feelings you may have as a result of the recent Presidential election and the January 20th inauguration .
In this Issue
Newly Ordained ChI Clergy Takes Stand Against Hate
Rev. Pat Kleinberg, ordained by ChI on September 24th, 2016, attended an Hour of Prayer and Solidarity at the Evergreen Islamic Center in San Jose last month with her husband, David. The Center was the recipient of a hate-filled letter that was sent by an anonymous writer in November to a number of mosques in California and other states. Grateful for the outpouring of support by the community in response to the letter, the Center decided “to turn a negative event into a positive experience” by inviting everyone to a time of community prayer. “It was heartening,” said Pat, “to see such a wonderful response. There were representatives of many faith traditions, civic leaders, members of congregations, and others who came to show their love and support for the Muslim community. They said this would be a ‘gathering of forgiveness, hope, peace and unity’ and it was. I was grateful that I could be there with everyone else to show my support for the Muslim community who had been targeted. I believe that love is stronger than hate.”
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)
Application Deadline: January 31st.
Note to Interfaith Studies students and alumni: If you have taken the February Earth Based Traditions module within the last five years, the April module is available as a single, stand-alone module. Come join us.
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 Single 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
Spring 2017 Ordination Ceremony & CelebrationWhen
Saturday, March 18, 2017
Doors open at 2:00pm. Service begins at 2:30
2138 Cedar Street, Berkeley, CA
Interfaith Ministry & Chaplaincy: An IntroductionWhen
Saturday, March 18, 2017
1400 Shattuck Ave. Suite 14, Berkeley, CA
►RSVP to email@example.com
Attend Our Monthly Labyrinth Service
January 27, 2016 - Interfaith Labyrinth Service
2017 SDI Conference
Seeking Connection - April 20-28
Thank You for Your SupportOur gratitude to those who responded to our year-end annual appeal for support with the invitation to Give Compassion. You contributed $16,916 and $14,250 of that was matched by board members and our Founder for a total of $31,166 in contributions overall to support our important mission. Thank you to all who responded to this call for support.
Know that its not too late to give! ChI relies on one time and monthly recurring gifts to operate and to fulfill our goals and mission. Your help is greatly appreciated.
Pop-Up Prayer Cards Now Available
Inspired by art created during Rev. Jen Miller's 2015 year at ChI, these cards were carefully researched, and care was taken to seek out people of each faith for ideas for design, prayers and feedback. All of Jen's angels and cards stand up on their own, are conveniently sized, and have been enthusiastically received.
Beyond cards for Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, and Hinduism, she has designed cards for Healing, Self-Care, and Forgiveness, and she is working on one for Grief.
We Need You!There are many ways you can support our work at ChI.
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.