Are you being called to service in the world as an Interfaith Chaplain or Community Minister?
Or, are you already ordained in a single faith tradition and want to attain a Dual Ministerial Standing or a Transfer of Ministerial Standing to Interfaith?

Explore your options through our INTERFAITH PROGRAM FOR CHAPLAINCY AND COMMUNITY MINISTRY. The seminary offers several pathways through our Chaplaincy Program, including Interfaith Ordination, Interfaith Chaplaincy Certificate, Dual Ministerial Standing or Transfer of Ministerial Standing, and partial fulfillment of Masters of Divinity requirements through our Joint Program with Starr King School for the Ministry.

Are you being called to serve as a Spiritual Director for individuals and groups?

See our SPIRITUAL DIRECTION CERTIFICATE PROGRAM.

Do you want to discern your calling or deepen your understanding of a particular interfaith subject such as Restorative Justice, Eco-Ministry, or Being with Dying & Death?

It could be that our enriching CONTINUING EDUCATION PROGRAM of Open Courses is for you.

CHOOSE FROM THESE SEMINARY PROGRAMS AND PATHS

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CERTIFICATE PROGRAM FOR INTERFAITH CHAPLAINCY & COMMUNITY MINISTRY

Through study, reflection, writing and engaging with others, students gain a broad understanding of the world’s faiths, while simultaneously deepening their relationship to their own spiritual traditions. The curriculum includes class instruction, group interactions, theological study, spiritual care skills, spiritual leadership, and practicum experience. It also incorporates a focus on individual spiritual formation for ministry.

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Students who successfully complete all the requirements of the Interfaith Chaplaincy Program are eligible for certification.

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Completion of our certificate program plus additional ordination-specific requirements will qualify you to apply for ordination as an Interfaith Minister or Chaplain.

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Through ChI’s partnership with the Starr King School for Ministry, ChI studies help fulfill the requirements for earning a Master of Divinity (MDiv) degree at Starr King. An MDiv fulfills part of the requirements for becoming a board-certified chaplain.

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The ChI Interfaith Community bestows individuals already ordained in a single faith tradition with Dual Ministerial Standing or a Transfer of Ministerial Standing, upon completion of Interfaith Studies Program requirements.

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Students and professionals can select from open courses and electives to deepen their interfaith understanding and practice.

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INTERFAITH SPIRITUAL DIRECTION CERTIFICATE PROGRAM

Spiritual Direction, or spiritual accompaniment, is the art of companioning people on their spiritual journey. This program is designed for those who feel called to a private practice in personal, one-on-one spiritual direction, and who anticipate working with clients from a variety of faith traditions. The program is also suited to other helping professionals who want to add a spiritual guidance perspective to their current work (such as psychotherapists, health practitioners, ministers and chaplains.) Students who successfully complete all requirements of this program are designated Spiritual Directors and receive a certificate of completion.

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OPEN COURSES FOR CONTINUING EDUCATION

Students, alumni, and professionals can select from open courses to continue deepening their interfaith understanding and practice.

Offered throughout the year, these 2- to 5-day courses are designed to inspire and educate people who are called to serve in an Interfaith capacity in our increasingly diverse world, or those who are interested in learning more about a specific subject. Participants immerse themselves in a deeply creative and nurturing environment that develops and deepens their personal theological perspectives, while also expanding their capacities to serve the spiritually and culturally diverse world in which we live.

Many individuals enroll in Open Courses to discern their call to ministry and chaplaincy, prior to applying to our Interfaith Chaplaincy Certificate Program. Others may enroll with a wish to increase their knowledge and understanding of the particular spiritual subject addressed in the Open Course.

WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS NOW

The multicultural world in which Chaplains, Ministers, and Spiritual Directors serve is progressively becoming more secular and pluralistic. Today, spiritual care providers are faced with ministerial challenges never before experienced at such scale – mass tragedy, environmental and climate disaster, pandemic illnesses, and an enormous aging population.
The Chaplaincy Institute (ChI) prepares students to minister effectively and creatively in this rapidly changing environment by providing stellar interfaith education, personal vocational discernment, leadership training, outreach opportunities, and strategic partnerships.

CHI TRAINS CHAPLAINS AND COMMUNITY MINISTERS

The Chaplaincy Institute seminary provides an experiential, immersive interfaith educational curriculum that best prepares students to be holistic spiritual leaders and care providers through a wide range of innovative vocational pathways most often in diverse, multi-cultural community environments––palliative care and hospice, hospitals, prisons, military, business, government, environment, industry, education, and crisis situations––not attached to a specific religious institutional place or congregation. Our seminary programs appeal to all those being called to a deeper understanding of our connection to, and impact on, all creation.

INSPIRING, INNOVATIVE, FLEXIBLE, ACTIONABLE

ChI programs are designed to inspire, nurture and educate those who are called to serve in an Interfaith capacity in our increasingly diverse world. Our innovative programs focus on a combination of the study of world religions, an exploration of mystical paths and teachings, and spiritual care and ministry skills… all in a creatively infused context. We offer an ongoing schedule and flexible hybrid distance model of education, and we strive to keep tuition and cost affordable.

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