January - News & Events

ChI News 

Rev. Gina Rose Halpern - Awarded Huston Smith Lifetime Award

Gina_RoseCongratulations to our Founder, Rev. Dr. Gina Rose Halpern, on receiving the Huston Smith Award for Interfaith Education, a lifetime achievement award given out by the Council of Interfaith Communities. Gina Rose will be presented with this honor at the Big I Conference on Saturday, March 8th in Scottsdale, Arizona. We encourage community members to attend. Additionally, in 2014, ChI will be celebrating its 15th Anniversary, in which we will plan a grand celebration where we will honor Rev. Dr. Halpern and the institution in the Berkeley area. Stay tuned for details!

In this Issue

Community Spotlight

Interfaith Voices

New Progam Announcement


Employment Opportunity

Upcoming Classes

Upcoming Events

Support ChI

 Two Interfaith Ministers Ordained by ChI Interfaith Community
In December, the ChI Interfaith Community welcomed two new Interfaith Ministers, Rev. Laura Clark and Rev. Israfel Mark Pafford. Pictured above with Rev. Jim Larkin and Rev. Lauren Van Ham, the two transfer students were ordained at the monthly service of the ChI Interfaith Community.  Please join us in welcoming Israfel & Laura to the community!
We exceeded our goal!
Thank you to those who responded to our year-end appeal last month. A total of $12,832 was contributed during the month of December. The first $10,000 was matched by a board member and the next $2,500 by a community member, generating $25,332 in support of The Chaplaincy Institute's important programs. Know that it is not too late to contribute to ChI. Your on-going support helps to sustain our Interfaith Seminary and Community and is appreciated very much. 

Community Spotlight
Patricia St. Onge, a ChI Interfaith Spiritual Director and ChI Faculty member, was recently named Interim Executive Director of The People's Grocery. Their mission is to improve the health and local economy of West Oakland through investing in the local food system. We wish Patricia well in her new position, and The People's Grocery luck in achieving their vision of increasing economic opportunities, building healthier environments, and strengthening social capital. 
Interfaith Voices
It's All Good
By Rev. Scott Quinn

Reiki at the Highland College
By Rev. Debra Hansen

To submit articles to be featured in our newsletter and website,
New Program Announcement

New Program Offerings: 

Interfaith Supervision of Spiritual Director's Certificate

Designed for those called to private practice in personal, one-on-one, or group supervision.

Module 1: May 2 - 4, 2014
Module 2: October 3 - 5, 2014 

Online Information Session with
Dr. Pamela Falkowski, r.c.

January 23, 2014
6 - 7pm PST / 9 - 10pm EST
RSVP: chioffice(at)chaplaincyinstitute.org
More information: Vicki(at)chaplaincyinstitute.org / 925 - 588 -6189


Interfaith Spiritual Psychology
The program provides students with a holistic model of psycho-spiritual development that can be used for personal growth and for work with individuals, couples, families and organizations. The training integrates wisdom from various spiritual traditions, Kabbalah with Jungian, Developmental and Archetypal Psychology, Family Systems and Psychodynamic perspectives, as well as Astrology and Alchemy.
Module 1: October 15 - 19, 2014
Module 2: December 10 - 14, 2014 

More information: Vicki(at)chaplaincyinstitute.org / 925 - 588 -6189

 Employment Opportunity

In order to continue to provide the staff leadership that is important to effectively carry out the Community's role as the ordaining and endorsing body of the seminary and to support and empower our growing spiritual community, we are seeking a part time paid staff Director of the ChI Interfaith Community.


Attend an upcoming 5 day course at The Chaplaincy Institute.

Upcoming program offerings are:

February - Earth Based Traditions
March - Mahayana Buddhism

pril - Mystical Judaism
For more information, visit our website.
If you are interested in becoming a student, we invite you to visit the first day of a module as our guest. Please contact Vicki(at)chaplaincyinstitute.org.


The ChI Interfaith Community Monthly Interfaith Service
Theme: Befriending Suffering

On this evening, we will also be certifying two Interfaith Spiritual Directors: Rev. Katrina Leathers and Suzanne Tindall 
Saturday, January 18th, 2014
6:00 - 7:00pm

We welcome everyone - no matter who you are, who you love, where you’ve been and what you believe – into our community as we gather for peace, connectivity, reverence, creativity and healing. People from all walks of life are invited to participate as fully as they wish.


Location: All Soul's Chapel, 2220 Cedar Street, Berkeley, CA


Interfaith Supervision of Spiritual Directors's Certificate

Online Information Session with
Dr. Pamela Falkowski, r.c.

January 23, 2014
6pm PST / 9pm EST
RSVP: chioffice(at)chaplaincyinstitute.org

More Program Information: 
Vicki(at)chaplaincyinstitute.org / 925 - 588 -6189


Interfaith Labyrinth Walk

Friday, January 31st, 2014

6:00 - 7:00pm

Please join us the last Friday of every month for an Interfaith labyrinth service. We light 97 candles around the rim of the labyrinth, dim the lights, and a small band (cello, violin, piano, guitar, and mandolin) leads people in singing quiet, reflective chants from all the world's religions. During that time, people are free to meditate, pray, sing, read, walk or dance the labyrinth, however the Spirit moves them. Come be held in song, while you walk the labyrinth!

Location: Grace North Church, 2138 Cedar St., Berkeley, CA -- Labyrinth Hall
Co-sponsored with Grace North Church

Save the Date!

The Big I Conference

March 7 - 9, 2014

Scottsdale, Arizona

Rev. Lauren Van Ham, Rev. Felicia Parazaider and Rev. Debra Hansen, clergy members of the ChI Interfaith Community,  will be presenting at the 2014 conference. Rev. Van Ham will be on a panel about Eco-Ministry and Eco-Chaplaincy. Reverends Parazaider and Hansen will be speaking about Ministry & Activism. Join us in Arizona, as we meet our extended interfaith family! There will also be opportunities to share art and read poetry.  

Support ChI

New Office/Classroom Space Fundraising Campaign Update

As of January, we are at $2,545 against our goal to raise $4,000 a month toward our new office/classroom space. Thank you to those who have contributed. If you haven't already, please help ChI fulfil our vision for a new home for our office and classroom in the coming 15th Anniversary year>>

The search for new space is going much more slowly than we would like. We are looking for volunteers to help research office/classroom space in the Berkeley area and help move the search process along more quickly. Interested volunteers contactVicki(at)chaplaincyinstitute.org.

Read more about our New Home Campaign on our website>>

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