March 2014 Newsletter


ChI News 

P1010021On the evening of February 15th, Rev. Scott Quinn was installed as an Interfaith Minister with the ChI Interfaith Community.  You can read Scott's biography on our website.

That evening, The Chaplaincy Institute also awarded Rev. Scott Quinn, Vicki Weiland, Lindsay Ralphs, Barbara Broadbent and Rev. Moana Minton with their Certificates in Interfaith Spiritual Direction. Pictured above.  Please join us in congratulating our new Spiritual Directors!

In this Issue





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Introducing the ChI ONLINE GIFT SHOP, where you can now purchase a great selection of branded merchandise… all proudly displaying our beautiful ChI Interfaith logo! 

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InterSpiritual Meditation (ISM)

Ed Bastian
Spiritual Paths Foundation

March 16th, 2014
9:00am - 4:30pm

Berkeley, CA

Cost is $190, CEUs available for $50

A seven-step process developed through contemplative work with over fifty teachers of meditation from many spiritual traditions.  ISM is designed to help each individual to develop a personally meaningful and sustainable practice by drawing on the wisdom of a single tradition or from a variety of traditions.  It is also designed to serve as a communal practice that people of diverse traditions can do together.   This process also honors the archetypal spiritual styles of each practitioner.  
Questions or to register? Contact lauren(at)
Attend an upcoming 5 day course at The Chaplaincy Institute.

Upcoming program offerings are:

April - Mystical Judaism
May - Sufism - Mystical Islam

June - Protestant Christianity
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)

 Interfaith Supervision of Spiritual Director's Certificate
with Dr. Pamela Falkowski, r.c.

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

Program Starts: May 2 - 4, 2014

Applications due by April 1

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

Designed for those who feel called to a private practice in personal, one-on-one spiritual direction, and who anticipate working with clients from a variety of faith traditions or those who intend to do group spiritual direction OR for those of other helping professions who want to add a spiritual guidance perspective to their current work.
Program Starts - June 23 - 27, 2014

Applications due by May 31

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

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.
Program Starts: October 15 - 19, 2014

Register by September 30

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


Interfaith Ministry & Chaplaincy: An Introduction

 Attend our Introductory Event: 

Saturday, March 15th, 2014
10:30am-12:30 pm PST

Location:Easton Hall, Church Divinity School of the Pacific
2451 Ridge Road, Berkeley, California

Registration necessary, as space is limited.
510.843.1422,  chioffice(at)

The ChI Interfaith Community 
cordially invites you to our Spring 

Ordination Ceremony & Celebration

Join us as we ordain eight Interfaith Ministers:
Jennifer Bernstein, Irene Boczek, Maria Brittle,  Michele Casale, Eleesa Hager, Marybeth Melcher, Suzanne Tindall,  and Jodi Varner.

Saturday, March 15th, 2014
2:30 pm

All Soul's Episcopal Church 

2220 Cedar Street, Berkeley, CA

Doors Open at 2:00 pm
Reception will immediately follow the ceremony. 
Street parking only, so plan to arrive early. 

Please RSVP by phone or email:

Interfaith Spiritual Direction: An Introduction
Join us for an informational gathering with Rev. John Mabry, PhD, Director

Thursday, March 27th, 2014
7 - 8:30pm

Location: The Chaplaincy Institute
2138 Cedar Street, Berkeley, CA

Alternatively, you can join us online via chat and live video feed. 

RSVP to 510-843-1422

Interfaith Labyrinth Walk

Friday, March 28th, 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


Call for Volunteers!

VIDEO EDITOR - ChI could use your help with editing videos from our Interfaith Services and other events. If you have experience with video editing, and are willing to volunteer your time and skills for ChI, please email: vanessa(at)

MUSICIANS - The ChI Interfaith Community needs you! Share your gift of music during our monthly Interfaith Services. Join us in planning  and playing musical selections for the monthly events. If interested, please contact Scott(at)

Support ChI

New Office/Classroom Space Fundraising Campaign Update

As of February, 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 arelooking for volunteers to help research office/classroom space in the Berkeley area and help move the search process along more quickly. Interested volunteers contact Vicki(at)

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

   The Chaplaincy Institute


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new models of Interfaith service and spiritual care to heal and transform our world. 


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