Celebrating 25 years with our new Sacred Justice Ministry Program!

INTERFAITH SPIRITUAL CARE

Heal and Transform the World

If you seek to make a difference in your lifetime, The Chaplaincy Institute can provide the education you need. For hospitals, hospice, disasters, prisons, corporations, military and educational, activist and environmental contexts, we teach the innovative and interfaith spiritual care needed for our times.

If you seek to make a difference in your lifetime, The Chaplaincy Institute can provide the education you need. For hospitals, hospice, disasters, prisons, corporations, miliary and educational, activist and environmental contexts, we teach the innovative and interfaith spiritual care needed for our times.

About Our Online Programs

About Our Online Programs

You can receive our world-class education from any location, with most coursework offered online through Moodle and
weekend Zoom intensives. In addition to online work, students are required to attend one or two residential learning retreats
on the coast of California.

Interfaith Chaplaincy

Certificate Program

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.

Sacred Justice Ministry
Certificate Program

This program is designed for those who feel called to support marginalized communities, regardless of their spiritual tradition (or no spiritual tradition). Whether you are interested in serving the homeless, incarcerated, lgbtq+ , refugees, or other communities (or the planet itself), this program will give you the tools to work at the intersection of social justice and interfaith community ministry.

Interfaith Spiritual Direction
Certificate Program

Master 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.

Upcoming Courses & Happenings

Upcoming Courses & Happenings

ChI Culture and Foundations

September 20 - September 22

Open House and Info Session

October 1 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

The Work of Beloved Community

October 11 - October 13

ChI Talks

October 15 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Online Learning Retreat

November 4 - November 8

Open House and Info Session

November 5 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Global Spiritual Traditions 2

November 15 - November 17

ChI Talks

November 19 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Open House and Info Session

December 3 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

ChI Talks

November 19 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

ChI Talks

July 16 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Open House and Info Session

August 6 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

What do interfaith chaplains do?
Who Are We?

“The work of this school – the lives and the personal growth experienced by each and every student it touches – multiplies. I hold much hope for the wonderful unfolding and continual evolution of The Chaplaincy Institute – all for the greater good that CHI provides to the world.”

Rev. Gina Rose Halpern

Founder of The Chaplaincy Institute

Why hundreds of students have trusted
The Chaplaincy Institute for their interfaith education

Why hundreds of students have trusted The Chaplaincy Institute for their interfaith education

Many individuals enroll in this program to satisfy their longing and curiosity to live meaningful, engaged lives. Others
arrive feeling called to a specific area of spiritual leadership or service. Whether in traditional or emerging contexts,
this program prepares you to handle the individuals and issues in today’s increasingly intricate and diverse world.

Join hundreds of our students who successfully
lead and serve in an interfaith capacity

Join hundreds of our students who successfully lead and serve in an interfaith capacity

Chi confirmed my multi-faith spirituality! The Chaplaincy Institute prepared me well to serve as a hospital chaplain and interfaith spiritual director. ChI affirmed my multi-faith spirituality, encouraged my creative self-expression, and ordained and blessed my work in the world. Their approach to experiential learning grows the whole person, not just the intellect. I’m delighted to see ChI continuing to grow in so many ways, negotiating several tough transitions. It’s not an easy time for seminaries. As one of a small number of Interfaith schools, it has an increasingly important role to play in our world in transition.

Debra

Chi is truly for everyone! The Chaplaincy Institute is where my heart found a space to listen and to discover ways to live out the truth of my heart’s calling to serve in justice and healing. There truly is room for everyone- without judgment- only welcome and invitation to be formed as interspiritual healers in a wounded, life-giving world. I give thanks every day for the teachers, classmates with whom I am in membership- and the ongoing mission of compassionate presence we support in one another.

Terri

While attending Chi, I’ve encountered a world-class faculty who are not simply teaching, they are out in our world making a difference as Interfaith ministers. And my peers in the ChI program and in the Interfaith Congregation are doing the same. Each sought out ChI as a means of fully equipping themselves to respond to their own unique inner call to Interfaith ministry. Thus, my vision for all that’s possible to bring understanding, healing, and peace to our world has been greatly expanded, and my own contribution to that is heartily encouraged.

Amy

ChI offers you an opportunity to become more fully connected with your spiritual sense and whatever you may call your higher power, and you leave the program with tools that you can use to help you on your way. And because it is interfaith, it gives you a sense of confidence and a sense of know-how and knowledge about the direction to go, and it just connects you with a platform from where to start. It gives you a sense of home, a place to belong, because you develop new relationships with people that you can call upon that you didn’t have before, and it doesn’t matter what they may call their higher power because the language is universal. I just love everybody at ChI . It is an amazing experience.

Willie Ruth

Really grateful for this place. I attended this seminary, deep-diving in multiple world faith traditions and learning how to provide skilled spiritual care to people of all faiths – and to people of no particular faith. I believe strongly in the mission of “ChI” and am grateful that a place like this exists.

The perfect place for chaplaincy education! I love the Chaplaincy Institute for educating and ordaining awesome chaplains who are able to serve persons from diverse cultures and spiritual paths!

Jurgen

After 45 years working in technology, The Chaplaincy Institute is where I chose to begin the work for my next career as a chaplain. It has been a totally life-altering experience. This is work I can do the rest of my life.

Russ

Exceptional experience! I attend this school and have only great things to say about my experience. The teachers are amazing, the curriculum is second to none and each student is treated with care. Leaders are passionate about seeing their students succeed. The administration is open minded and think outside the box to make ChI a successful educational experience for all. ChI is committed to the whole human. They teach value lessons, communication and leadership skills. My experience at ChI has been exceptional!

The ChI process is so rich, so deep, so amazing, so powerful. I have experienced and seen in others the recognition of, and therefore the ability to heal, deep wounds, which then gives rise to the birth of the possibility of becoming a wounded healer. The ChI process is unique in the way that it has exposed me to such deep wisdom while also providing me with such practical ideas and cultivating the skills of practical spiritual care.

Doug

Looking forward to continue this education! I always look forward to the continuing education and new programs offered by the Chaplaincy Institute. Grateful for the surprises to be uncovered in working with Chaplains. The Interfaith dimension is a great resource in my work in Hospice settings among people who have a chance to reflect on the meaning in their lives.

Tom

Become a professional chaplain or
spiritual director through online
interfaith education on your schedule

Become a professional chaplain or
community Minister through online
interfaith education on your schedule

This program combines the study of the world’s religions with an exploration of mystical paths and teachings, as well as on developing
skills for ministry and providing spiritual care.

  • Online curriculum and flexible schedule

  • Payment plans and financial aid available

  • No risk – attend up to three courses without applying to the program

Learn more about becoming a chaplain or spiritual director today

Get a free call with our admissions advisor to learn more about the program and how to secure your spot.

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