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“ChI Talks” is a monthly event exploring facets of spirituality through an interfaith lens with the ChI Community.

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“We’re Not the Director: A Talk about Spiritual Direction and Spiritual Direction Training” 

Rev. Scott Quinn and Rev. Lauren Van Ham, Core Faculty for the Spiritual Direction program at The Chaplaincy Institute.

Scott and Lauren will talk together about the art and “spirit” of Spiritual Direction, including why it has a strange name.  As faculty on the spiritual direction team, they will describe ChI’s curriculum and answer questions about the training, how people are using it in the world, and the creative vocational possibilities for those who have been trained.

Scott Quinn is the Executive Director of the Marin Interfaith Council. He was ordained a Lutheran minister and also as an Interfaith minister through The Chaplaincy Institute (ChI), and was an educator and spiritual director at an interfaith spirituality center in Austin that was part of a Catholic healthcare system. He is Core Faculty and a student supervisor for the spiritual direction program at ChI and part of the instructional and supervision staff for the spiritual direction program at San Francisco Theological Seminary. Scott lives in San Rafael where he has a spiritual direction/supervision practice, and where he and his partner tend many pets and a large garden. His website is: www.scottquinn.net. 

Raised under the big sky of the Midwest prairie, Rev. Lauren Van Ham, M.A., began her professional life as a performing artist in NYC before pursuing interfaith seminary studies in California. She served, for 9 years, as a hospital chaplain focusing in psychiatry, palliative care, and bereavement support. Moved by spirituality and ecology, Lauren’s ministry called her to a consulting firm where she custom-designed employee engagement sustainability programs for multi-national corporations. For nearly a decade, she served as Seminary Dean for the Chaplaincy Institute, and interfaith seminary and community. Lauren’s passion for spirituality, art and Earth’s teachings have supported her specialization in eco-ministry, grief & loss, and sacred activism. Her essay, “Way of the Eco-Chaplain,” appears in a collection of women’s work; and her work with Green Sangha is featured in Renewal, a documentary celebrating the efforts of religious environmental activists from diverse faith traditions across America. She is a guest writer for “Progressing Spirit.” Lauren holds degrees from Carnegie Mellon University and Naropa University. Currently, Lauren serves as Climate Action Coordinator for URI (the United Religions Initiative). She is a spiritual director and guest faculty for several schools in the Bay Area.

Can’t join us live? Register for the event and we will send you a recording of the talk and any resources shared. For past ChI Talks check out our playlist on YouTube.
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