INTERFAITH STUDIES & SEMINARY EDUCATION
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CHAPLAINCY & COMMUNITY MINISTRY
Chaplaincy is an approach to all of life as being relational, aka intersectional, interwoven, and inseparable. Chaplains and Community Ministers are not necessarily attached to a specific religious place––a temple, mosque, or church. Rather, from within communities Chaplains and Community Ministers bridge the secular and the sacred in daily living and dying. We are sought for in service areas that include palliative and hospice care, hospitals, prisons, corporations, sports teams, think tanks, government, community centers, crisis situations, universities, corporations, and many more. In these situations Chaplains and Community Ministers serve as change agents, educators, and leaders as well as experienced spiritual care Providers for those moving through life situations of uncertainty, instability, and an environment at risk.
Our seminary’s innovative interfaith Chaplaincy Program focuses on a combination of the study of the world’s religions, an exploration of mystical paths and teachings, as well as ministerial formation and developing skills for providing spiritual care.
Integral to spiritual formation and vocational preparation, seminarians are encouraged to retain and deepen their personal theological perspectives, while also expanding their capacity to serve the spiritually and culturally animated world in which we live. The Chaplaincy Institute seminary offers a complete and well-rounded educational experience that prepares graduates to lead and serve in whatever capacities they are called, and an active community that provides support, growth, accountability, and heart-sourced connection. If you feel drawn to this, please contact us for an introductory visit.
Those completing the interfaith Chaplaincy Program may choose to follow the path to Interfaith Ordination. Our ordaining body, the ChI Interfaith Community, is an active community that provides support, accountability and heart-sourced connection.
Those already ordained in a single faith tradition, can complete the Dual/Transfer Program.
Once ordained, the ChI Interfaith Community offers our ordained Chaplains and Community Ministers an ecclesiastical home and provides them with an annual assessment and certification of Clergy in Good Standing status, which is a professional requirement in many chaplaincy and ministerial settings.
The ChI curriculum provides students with a comprehensive, integrated, interfaith, and applied-theology education. Self-care practices are incorporated throughout, as fundamental learning for all individuals called to caring professions.
Our curriculum has its roots in, and speaks to, the universal language of the psyche and soul of all human beings. Designed to address the evolving spiritual needs reflected in our communities and larger society, each course syllabus undergoes annual review, adapting and changing for relevance and usefulness.
Core Competencies for Ministerial Formation, inform the classroom learning objectives, homework assignments and independent study requirements, which prepare and measure each seminarian’s readiness for graduation.