CHI Seminary & Community

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WE are both SEMINARY & COMMUNITY

The Chaplaincy Institute (CHI) is an Interfaith Seminary and Community. The Seminary educates and empowers Interfaith Chaplains, Community Ministers, and Spiritual Directors with spiritual, cultural, creative, and practical expertise that informs their spiritual care service in a wide variety of innovative career paths––in palliative care and hospice, hospitals, crisis situations, prisons, environment, government, education, corporations, military, private practice, and more.  For Interfaith Chaplaincy and Community Ministry the seminary offers several paths, including Board-Certified Chaplain Masters of Divinity, Interfaith Ordination, Interfaith Chaplaincy and Community Ministry Certification, Dual or Transfer of Ordination. The seminary also offers a Spiritual Direction Certificate Program and Continuing Education Open Courses and Electives, such as Restorative Justice, Being With Dying & Death, and Eco-Ministry.

Our CHI Interfaith Community is an authorized ordaining and graduating body, recognized by The Association of Professional Chaplains (APC), Association of Clinical Professional Education (ACPE), College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy (CPSP), and the Department of Defense (DOD) in collaboration with the International Council of Community Churches (ICCC).
In addition, our ordained clergy who maintain annual Clergy in Good Standing status are recognized by the U.S. Government and may claim clergy tax status for income tax reporting.
 See Interfaith Community.

Founded as a 501c3 in 1999, The Chaplaincy Institute is based in Berkeley, California—with satellite groups of Interfaith Chaplains, Community Ministers, and Spiritual Directors across the United States. We stay well-connected through in-person gatherings, Town Hall video-conferencing, online, social media, and interfaith/Interspiritual conferences.

“Introduction to The Chaplaincy Institute” – Rev Lauren Van Ham

Rev. Lauren Van Ham is the seminary dean

Our Logo

The logo icon is created from six interconnecting and overlapping spiritual symbols that reveal a white or clear star-like interfaith center shape. The symbols, set in a clockwise circle represent the following:

  • Native American Sun – Earth Based Traditions
  • Cross – Christianity
  • Dharmachakra Wheel – Buddhist

  • Om – Hindu
  • Crescent and Star – Islam
  • Star of David – Judaism
OUR MISSION AND VALUES

“I slept and dreamt life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy.”

Rabindranath Tagore

Interested In Learning More About The Origins of CHI ?

CHI was envisioned by clergy from a variety of faith traditions who saw a need for deeper Interfaith dialogue, and for building bridges of understanding across religious divides to bring peace and understanding to today’s world.

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