Interfaith Community2019-07-20T13:40:38-07:00

ChI Community: an interfaith experience

Our intention is to unite together, with one purpose: to practice sacred connection in hopes of healing and transforming the world. We believe this happens in community; with self first, the Divine (in whatever form you understand), then with others (beings and non-beings).

We gratefully acknowledge that we gather on the Lisjan/Ohlone land, and honor their generosity and welcoming spirit. Sadly, their land was taken from them by our federal government and they are now working diligently to buy it back. To learn more about how you can help the Lisjan/Ohlone reclaim the land of their ancestors, visit or join the Facebook group “West Berkeley Shellmound”.

OUR MISSION is to create a just world that honors the sacred connection of all. We believe this happens best through intentional sacred community. It’s why we’re passionate about educating and releasing that energy, through trained and credentialed interfaith practitioners and leaders. If you’d like to partner with us in that mission, here are some simple next steps:

Our goal is to raise $25,000 of awareness for this critical interfaith movement. Every dollar raised will help further The Chaplaincy Institute’s mission to create a just world that honors the sacred connection of all. Giving for Unite-A-Thon ends June 30, 2018.

what we offer in transformational interfaith education via the link to our Seminary 

in more spiritual practices you can do anytime/anywhere with videos shared by other spiritual practitioners in our interfaith community.

is a simple and powerful practice. So in gratitude for your donations, time, and love for The Chaplaincy Institute, here’s another FREE gift for you. Your downloadable custom artwork by Marcus Hill can be found HERE

We welcome everyone — no matter who you are, who you love, where you’ve been, or what you believe.

The ChI Interfaith Community includes alumni, ordained ministers, spiritual directors, staff, faculty, students, and anyone who seeks to understand, connect, grow, and create a just world that honors the sacred connection of all. We gather in-person and online, near and far.

Our community was founded in 1999 by clergy and other leaders with a vision of interfaith dialogue for the promotion of peace and understanding in our world today. A spiritual community recognized by professional organizations and the U.S. Government, the ChI Interfaith Community is authorized to bestow Ordination and Graduation of qualified Chaplaincy Institute seminarians. It is the ChI Interfaith Community that assesses and endorses annual Clergy in Good Standing (CIGS) for professional Chaplains, Ministers, and Celebrants, and Good Standing status for Spiritual Directors.


  • Facilitate the creation of a just world that honors the sacred connection of all.
  • Honor the diversity and the unity of all beings, non-beings, cultures, and faith traditions, while embracing our own respective heritage.
  • Serve joyfully in ritualizing the cycles of life, including weddings and memorials, spiritual direction, and many other avenues.
  • Support each other through challenging times of living and dying.


  • Provide compassionate, respectful spiritual care to people of all faiths, as well as people of no faith. Find a provider near you!
  • Support finding meaning within life, crisis, suffering, and loss, as well as discerning your relationship to Source.
  • Recognize the Sacred everywhere: in prisons, hospitals and hospices, corporations, houses of worship, nature, and the streets.


As a recognized 501c3 organization, The ChI Interfaith Community is also the ordaining body of The Chaplaincy Institute. The ChI Interfaith Community ordains clergy and provides ongoing personal and professional support as they serve, and are also listed in our PROVIDER network.

Our ordained interfaith clergy receive and maintain “Clergy in Good Standing” status for professional functioning as celebrants, ministers, and chaplains.

The ChI Interfaith Community is recognized by:

  • The Association of Professional Chaplains (APC)
  • Association of Clinical Professional Education (ACPE)
  • College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy (CPSP)
  • Department of Defense (DOD) in collaboration with the International Council of Community Churches (ICCC)

In addition, our ordained clergy who maintain good standing annually are recognized by the U.S. Government and may claim clergy tax status for income tax reporting.


The ChI Interfaith Community affirms Spiritual Directors and provides ongoing personal and professional support. Our interfaith Spiritual Directors can receive and maintain “Good Standing” status for ethical functioning as they serve, and are also listed in our PROVIDER network. For more information about Clergy in Good Standing contact our Community Minister.

The ChI Interfaith Community also celebrates students who complete an Interfaith Chaplaincy Certificate, or the Interfaith Spiritual Direction Program.


The ChI Interfaith Community gathers on a regular basis in small groups we call Satellites throughout the United States. These in-person and virtual groups provide personal and professional support for our growing community. These are the places we practice ritual and create sacred space for (and with) each other, where there are no titles except fellow traveler. To find a ChI Satellite near you, contact our Community Minister.


ChI Ambassadors extend our interfaith influence through the voices of our Community in places they’re already engaged (i.e. conferences, seminars, councils). If you’re planning to attend an event soon and want to share more about ChI and its impact, please contact Community Minister. We’ll provide printed collateral and a $100 scholarship towards your registration fees for the event! ChI Ambassadors also receive a discount on CIGS renewal, as well as a custom e-mail signature upon completion of our training gathering. Our Ambassador gatherings happen once a year, and are the avenue to share your best story!


The ChI Interfaith Community Council serves as wisdom gatherers, a governing board, and a direction setter for the Community.
Comprised of Clergy and Spiritual Directors in Good Standing, as well as current students and other community members, the ChI

Interfaith Community Council exists to:

  • Help create and execute a strategy for growing the ChI Interfaith Community into a tangible, accessible, and sustainable organism for our community and the world.

  • Actively engage in community building (deep and wide), working with ChI Board, Staff, Student Advisory council, and other groups to strategically move into our next steps
-strengthen the viability of the ChI Interfaith Community as an ordaining/endorsing body.

If you are interested in serving with this team, here are some things to consider:

  • Length of commitment is 12 months, meeting monthly

  • Established reciprocal relationship with ChI (via CIGS, SD in supervisory group, student current with seminary requirements)
-Max of council members is 7
-Know how you want to contribute (specificity of skills, i.e. clerk, systems, connectors)

Find out more about ChI Community Council, contact our Community Minister.