The Chaplaincy Institute supports AAPI Communities.
Violence against AAPI (Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders) continues to build and is amplified by racist messaging around the pandemic. These ongoing events underscore the importance of our mission at The Chaplaincy Institute: to educate and empower individuals for innovative interfaith service and spiritual care that heals and transforms the world.
Our hearts are with the victims and families of those who have been attacked, whether in the news or forever unknown to us. We also acknowledge that there are members of our ChI community who are experiencing the impact of these events the most acutely, and we offer you our abiding love. The model minority myth and the hyper sexualization of Asian women continue to harm U.S. culture in general and AAPI individuals in specific.
The ChI Community recognizes that each of us carries the capacity for great harm. We fiercely affirm our stand against white supremacy and its violently destructive culture-erasing effects. We continue our work to dismantle it in the world, within our own organization, and within ourselves.
Through our 22-year history of training Chaplains and Spiritual Directors, ChI has been doing the work of training for healing and transformation. This work is not complete. Called by our core value of Connectivity: We thrive by practicing radical inclusion of all through a connection with the prophetic and mystical, we know that the work of building this sacred connection between humankind is more important than ever.
ChI commits to continuing to work toward the radical inclusion of all people through a connection with the Divine.
Mental health support is available for AAPI individuals at the Asian Mental Health Collective. Spiritual care for ChI Community members is available through Rev. Kari Kopnick, our Community Minister.
In solidarity and love,