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Saturday, May 4, 2024 at 1pm (PT)

St. John’s Presbyterian Church & Center
2727 College Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94705

Spring 2024 Ordinands

Lucie Boucher
Lucie Boucher
I come to interfaith chaplaincy humbled by the serious charge of holding others’ hearts in times of difficulty. I’ve known for years I would be a chaplain. My work in education from being a kindergarten teacher to being a university professor and through 17 years as a self-employed glass artist and teacher has prepared me to serve others in the intimate setting of their spirituality. Now, as I step out into the world as an interfaith chaplain, I am honored to live out my personal theology of love for all sentient beings through every aspect of my life.

My personal theology of love is the foundation of everything I understand and believe to be true. I believe we are one race called The Human Race and we have one Divine Entity with many names and no names that brings us together in love. I believe at some point, we will all come together in the name of love to honor all sentient beings and restore the beautiful world we inhabit as a place of love.

Kacey Carmichael, MA, MEd
Kacey Carmichael, MA, MEd
I see the Holy Unfolding in You!

I long to help myself and others wake up to our true nature of sacred Interbeing; of Love; of and as the brilliant beautiful unfurling Universe. Grounded experientially in our true identity, we make choices for the mutual benefit of All.

I extend a deep bow of gratitude to the whole ChI community. I bring the great gifts of our time together into my work of spiritual counseling, ceremony/ritual design and facilitation, and contemplative arts groups, workshops and services. I especially love incorporating sacred embodied expressive arts like movement, poetry, music, visual arts, active imagination and nature-connection. I’m enriched by my synergistic learning communities and degrees from Yale, Harvard, Lesley, and now ChI, along with the Living Grace Sangha, Fairfax Community Church, and New Cosmology/Deeptime Network. I dedicate myself to service, with joy and gratitude. <TheUniverseShinesForth@gmail.com>

Mishel Gantz
Mishel Gantz
As a seeker of the Sacred, I’ve journeyed through life with an open heart and a deep reverence for spiritual connection. With nearly two decades of anticipation, I’ve eagerly awaited my calling to service as a Chaplain. As I embark on this sacred journey, I carry with me the wisdom gained from motherhood, the profound experiences of joy and pain inherent in human existence, and the roles I play as a friend, lover, sister, and daughter. Guided by a profound sense of love and compassion, my path embraces both the simple pleasures and deep sorrows of everyday life. Rooted in a belief in the interconnectedness of all beings, I find strength and inspiration in community, recognizing the transformative power of collective wisdom and shared rituals. With gratitude and humility, I invite you to join me on this heartfelt quest to spread love, kindness, and healing to all we encounter.
Dina Griffith
Dina Griffith
A Humanist raised Unitarian, drawn to Buddhism and Nature, I pursued Biology in college. I became a Physical Therapist and then, director of a multi discipline and vibrant Rehabilitation Department. For most of this 42-year career, my specialty in breast cancer care taught me to hold dear the stories of fear ,loss, grief survival and hope. I heard from families, loved ones, colleagues and staff, and through it all, I learned that my hands provide a conduit for healing.

Longing to be involved with healing from a deeper, spiritual connection in work and in life led me to ChI. I am inspired and delighted to be part of a community of like souls, sacred warriors.

The integration of my experience and education with the allowing of the full expression of my being has marked this next evolution of my life.

Walt Hampton
Walt Hampton
Walt first heard the call to ministry when he was 5 years old. It never went away. Over the course of decades and across life chapters and careers, he explored various paths to ministry but each one left him feeling like a misfit toy. Until he discovered ChI.

Walt is the co-founder and CEO of a worldwide personal and professional development firm. He’s a speaker, best-selling author, lawyer, executive coach, grief tender, and social justice advocate.

Walt’s spiritual thread across time is the Rule of Francis of Assisi. He’s a Franciscan brother in the Community of Francis and Clare.

Walt’s passions are high-altitude mountaineering, ultra-distance running and adventure photography. He lives in the Mount Washington Valley of New Hampshire with his best bud, his wife, Ann Hampton.

Walt is the Pastor at First Church of Christ, Congregational, UCC in North Conway, New Hampshire.

Thérèse Keegan
Thérèse Keegan
Thérèse’s path to ordination has wound through a rich, artful, and spirit-filled life. Her early years growing up in a family of twelve with a strong relocation habit meandered all over the U.S. and Mexico. Thus, her passion for adventure and curiosity about people was ignited and fed, and this peripatetic life granted her the gift of seeing things as an outsider.

Thérèse’s professional life spans multiple decades and dimensions as an early childhood educator and policy maker, as well as a long career in the performing arts as a dancer, aerialist, and community arts activist. She is currently a board-certified chaplain working in health care, hospice, and in a large retirement community. Thérèse is surrounded in her life endeavors by a supportive community of family and friends and is deeply grateful to the Chaplaincy Institute for their beneficent shaping of her iteration as an interfaith minister.

Mary Lou Masko
Mary Lou Masko
I am on a journey to become an Eco-Chaplain. My path as a walker-between-the-worlds of spirituality, climate change and engineering means becoming a catalyst for change, building communities, and finding new ways to challenge old paradigms. And it all begins with deep listening and creating safe spaces allowing full expression of all voices.
After 35 years with a day job as a civil engineer, I look forward to leaning into my calling as an Eco-Chaplain. So, what does an Eco-Chaplain “do”? My answer for the moment is walking as a spiritual sherpa supporting other souls on this path.
We live in a time of planetary polycrisis – we humans are out of sync with each other and the more-than-human-world. Nature is not “out there”; it lives within us.
“Honor the space between no longer and not yet”. This is where I Walk. Listen. Love.
Lia Nagase
Lia Nagase
Lia Nagase (she/ella) creates new and embraces older ways of being in relationship, firmly rejecting white supremacy culture, patriarchy, and capitalism, while actively centering community. She makes meaning by being with others in the wholeness of life’s silliness & laughter, sorrow & grief. She founded 170Trees.org, which houses three programs, an online interfaith spiritual community center, a spiritual community for those practicing high levels of covid caution and care (Kintsugi Community), and a text-based support service for those who are dying (Spirited Solace). She completed the Thanatology and ISCC (Interspiritual Companioning and Counseling) programs through One Spirit Learning Alliance. She serves in many ways, including being in service to the land on which she lives, the side of the Poás volcano in Costa Rica. Lia is incredibly lucky to love and be loved by the best of friends and family members, including her partner (Finn) and their three kids (Mas, Shaifali, and Tenzin).
Kelly Ann Nelson
Kelly Ann Nelson
From an early age Kelly Ann (KA) was drawn to creative pursuits. She studied opera for many years and eventually found a home in the Bay Area’s underground music scene. KA discerned her call to ministry in 2016 after tragedy befell this beloved community. Since then, she has traversed her path in earnest, returning to school to obtain her AA in Arts and Humanities, BA in Religious Studies, and will receive her M.Div from Starr King School for the Ministry concurrent to her ordination. Previously she served as a director at San Francisco Night Ministry and currently she is a hospital chaplain in Marin County. She is also a Hilda Mason fellow and will be offering a course on Jung’s conception of Active Imagination in conjunction with chaplaincy. At the precipice of this threshold, KA is thankful for all that came before and curious at what lies ahead.
Elaine Power
Elaine Power
Elaine Power, LMFT (she/they) is a queer, nonbinary licensed therapist living in San Luis Obispo with her partner and daughter. She came to ChI searching for ways to heal the larger ills of our world, beyond the scope of traditional therapy: our isolation. Our disconnection from the Earth, from our bodies. The loss of the Divine Feminine from Her place of reverence and power. Elaine serves the Goddess as a healer wherever they go, from the depths of her own heart and body, to their community, to the clients she serves. Their path of ministry will proceed as it has always been: a dance of devotion, a blindfolded call-and-response discovering the playful, ever-unfolding will of the Divine in service of the highest good. May all beings have a life as beautiful as this!
Robin Slaw
Robin Slaw
This path started in fifth grade Sunday school with the teacher telling me I was not allowed to ask questions any more. That journey has taken me down many paths, wandering through deep dark woods, climbing up steep mountains, wading through rushing waters, and leaping off of cliffs. Along the way, I’ve found a version of the Divine that works for me, discovered spirit guides who help me keep my footing as I leap off cliffs and wade through rushing waters, and made friends with so many amazing people! This work … this blessed work of chaplaining people who are hurting or lost … is the journey of a lifetime. I am grateful to have found this work and am joyfully leaping off my next cliff into the world of health care chaplaincy!