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ChI Ordains 11 New Interfaith Ministers 

Sept 2016 Ordinands1
Photos by Chris Woodrow

On Saturday September 24, The ChI Interfaith Community ordained 11 new ministers at All Souls Parish in Berkeley, California before a congregation of more than 200 people, including ChI students, clergy, faculty, staff, board members and ordinands' family members, spouses, partners and friends. Pictured above they are: (front row from left) Doug Myers, Elizabeth Hutchins, Jenifer Miller, Susana Brown, Noel Tendick, (back row from left) Pat Kleinberg, Erin Hollander, Amy Reynolds-Wrobleski, Riley Sophia, Kara Rosseaux and Mary Rhine. This event also included a special ceremony for 10 recent graduates of ChI's Interfaith Spiritual Direction Certificate Program. Pictured below (from left) they are: Julie Vesely, Jane Ramsey, Cynthia Peter, Juliana Perez, Christy Parks-Ramage, Mary Anne O'Halloran, Willie Ruth Harris, Jerilyn Harris, Karen Gatlin and Susan Flax.

  Spiritual Directors Sept 2016

Read Rev. Gina Rose Halpern's Invocation
Read Homilies and bios of ordinands
View selected event photos on our Facebook page
View selected photos  on our Flickr page

Arrivals and Departures

ChI is pleased to announce the hiring of a new Finance and Office Manager. She has requested that her name not be disclosed to maintain her privacy. She comes to ChI with more than 18 years of experience providing accounting and business management for nonprofit organizations, including the Idyllwild Arts Academy, a boarding arts high school in Idyllwild, CA, where she served as Director of Finance and Administration for four years. She replaces Alexis Vincent who had served as ChI's Operations Manager since April of 2015. "We thank Alexis for her service at ChI and wish her well in her new endeavors," says Vicki Weiland, ChI's Executive Director. "We look very forward to working with her on the financial and operational management of our organization." Anne has a Bachelor of Arts from UC Berkeley and a Juris Doctor from Santa Clara University. She brings to eight the total number of ChI staff, including Rev. Lauren Van Ham, Dean of ChI's Interfaith Studies Certificate Program, Rev. Jessica Shine, The Chi Community Interfaith Minister, Rev. Katrina Leathers, Seminary Program Coordinator, Shawn Masten, Communications Manager, Mary Hicken, Admissions Manager and Corinne Lamata, Donor Development Manager.

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Save the Date: 2016 Fall Ordination Celebration

2014 OrdinationOn Saturday, November 19th six Interfaith Studies Certificate Program students will graduate and be ordained at ChI's Fall Ordination Ceremony and Celebration. They are: 
  • Sharon Campton
  • Lisa Winston
  • Toni Saul
  • Sue Gimpel
  • Ann Robben Dott
  • Molly Johnson
The Fall Ordination will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Christ Church, 2138 Cedar Street, Berkeley, CA. Doors open at 5:00 p.m. Street parking only so plan to arrive early.

The celebration will include a Kirtan at Christ Church on Friday, the night before the ordinations. 

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The Spiritual Dimension of Politics

Politics is on everyone's mind and the election will be very close. It will also be the time of Samhain which means "Summer's End," pronounced saah-win or saa-ween. This is viewed not only as the end of the harvest and beginning of a colder season but is also for many the beginning of the spiritual new year. We are suggesting that we might want to offer some ritual protection at this time and explore the spiritual dimension of politics. Folks will find us as ministers and chaplains. How do we wish to be at this time? Questions might include:
  • How do we hold our politics in a sacred vessel?
  • Is prayer enough?
  • How to keep dialog alive in the midst of political distress?
This event will be hosted by The East Bay BEAR (Berkeley, Emeryville, Albany, Richmond) satellite group. All members of the ChI family (alums, staff, students) are welcome. You may come for the entire meeting, which starts at 2:00 p.m. or just for the discussion on The Spiritual Dimension of Politics, which starts at 3:30 p.m. and will be facilitated by Rev. Lauren Van Ham,  Dean of ChI's Interfaith Studies Certificate Program. 

When: 3:30-5:00 p.m. Today (October 8)
Where: ChI Office, 1400 Shattuck Avenue, Suite 14, Second Floor, Berkeley, CA
► Visit our Facebook page to view streaming video of this event.


ChI Clergy Lives Homeless on the Streets of San Francisco for a Week

By Rev. Dr. Don Oyao, BCCC, BCSP

Don Oyao1In early August 2016, Don Oyao was among 11 people from five different states who gathered at Union Square in San Francisco to plunge into a "Street Retreat" and bear witness to homelessness. "While walking through the impoverished Tenderloin district among the background of skyrocketing buildings, I was astonished and simultaneously enthralled by the number of people living on the streets and in the parks along the Civic Center of the City. Incredible sights of the underprivileged homeless street dwellers blended with the fast pace of millennium yuppies connected to their cell phones amidst the street pollution, the smell of urine, and the ragged, unhygienic street dwellers mingling with privileged tourists and business folk walking below contemporary skyscrapers."

Read more about Don's life changing experience

Rev. Jenifer Ingerman Miller

Art Minister, Castro Valley, CA

Jen Miller
Art Ministry is a unique way to empower people to heal themselves through drawing, painting, writing and other creative endeavors. "For me, art is prayer," says Jenifer, who brings interfaith art to people as a healing modality. 
Read more here

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 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. 

► To register, contact Mary Hicken, Admissions Manager, at 510-631-3066 or mary(at)chaplaincyinstitute.org 


Hinduism and Sikhism Themed Module

November 16-20, 2016
In November, our Interfaith Studies Certificate Program focuses on the traditions of Hindusm, including Sikhism. In addition to the big picture view of Hindu and Sikh traditions and beliefs, there will be a deep dive into the sacred texts, exploring how to effectively read them. Much of this month’s learning will happen through immersion into the tradition

through visits to a Sikh temple and then to the Shiva-Vishnu Temple. In addition to this rich exploration of Hinduism, students will learn about interspirituality and interspiritual meditation, as well as generational differences and how they affect chaplaincy or ministry work. Another focus will be Integral Spirituality, a marvelous integration of ancient yoga and contemporary psychology, and an integrative approach to understanding ultimate reality. Bringing that home to our social justice thread, students will also have time to contemplate Spiritual Care with Marginalized Persons. As always, time in this module will move between the experiential, the contemplative, the intellectual and the creative, painting a rich picture of the Hindu and Sikh traditions along with other specialized areas of exploration. 

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► To register or enroll, in this single module immersion opportunity, contact: Mary Hicken, Admissions Manager, at 510-631-3066 or mary(at)chaplaincyinstitute.org
ChI Events

Attend Our Monthly Labyrinth Service

October 28, 2016 - Interfaith Labyrinth Service

Interfaith Ministry & Chaplaincy: An Introduction

Saturday, November 19, 2016 - 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 pm

An Interfaith perspective is one of mutual respect and harmonious living among people of all faith traditions. It provides a road map for navigating the boundaries between people, religions, and cultures and helps to bridge the religious schisms that divide our world. What is Interfaith? Am I a spiritual leader? What is ministry? What is chaplaincy? 

Join us for a 2-hour introductory session where we will consider these questions together. Through brief presentations by faculty and alumni, you will learn more about Interfaith theology, the Interfaith movement, and vocational opportunities calling you to serve and grow as a spiritual leader, chaplain or Interfaith minister. Information about The Chaplaincy Institute’s Interfaith Studies Certificate, Interfaith Spiritual Direction Certificate, Spiritual Psychology and Transfer/Dual Ministerial Standing programs will be provided.

Those in attendance are warmly invited to attend The ChI Interfaith Community’s Ordination Ceremony beginning at 5:00 p.m. Come meet our community and celebrate with us as we confer a cohort of ChI graduates as Interfaith ministers!

Location: ChI office: 1400 Shattuck Avenue, #14, Berkeley, CA
Fee: By Donation (Suggested $25, but no one turned away for lack of funds)
Registration: necessary, as space is limited.  Call 510.631-3066 or email mary(at)chaplaincyinstitute.org

Other Events

World Awake 2016! - A Global Invitation to Spirituality 

 world awake When: Friday, November 11-Sunday, November 13, 2016
Where: Retreat & Conference Center at Bon Secours, 1525 Marriottsville Road, Marriottsville, MD.

Sponsored by A World Alliance of Interfaith Clergy
Register Now

Awakening to Life in Transition

A Retreat with Ralph Steele and Alexandra Kennedy

awakeningThis retreat is an opportunity and an invitation to awaken to life more fully in the moment, to trust life flowing through us with all of its challenges and gifts. Instead of reacting to these changes with anxiety and fear, we can discover at our source a deep sense of peace and well-being. 
When: 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Thursday October 27-Saturday October 29, 2017
Where: Land of the Medicine Buddha retreat center, 5800 Prescott Rd., Soquel, CA
Registration & Further Information: Life Transition Meditation Center, 505-982-4183 ext 2 or info(at)lifetransition.com

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Be Who You Are

A Special Message from Rev. Jessica Shine, M.Div., ChI Interfaith Community Minister

Presented at ChI's September 2016 Ordination Ceremony

"The Chaplaincy Institute was created in 1999 with a mission to foster healing and peace Jessica Shine appeal3through interfaith education and ministry formation, and to create a place for people who don't fit in a box, where those people can come and learn, and in a safe place, BE WHO THEY ARE. If that’s your desire, to live in alignment with your true self, I invite you to join us in that mission of creating space for anyone who longs for this same thing." 

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► More Information: vicki(at)chaplaincyinstitute.org or 925-588-6189


We Need You!

As you know, ChI relies heavily on volunteers to assist the staff with a variety of projects related to our work as an Interfaith Seminary and Community. Volunteers can help in many different areas including:

If you have particular skills that you would like to offer as a volunteer, or if you would like to participate as an intern in exchange for student credit, please let us know by calling our office at 510-843-1422. We will work with you to match your interests to our needs whether it’s virtually or from the San Francisco Bay Area.

Thank 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. 

The Chaplaincy Institute is a nonprofit organization. 
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