To be the administrative and ecclesiastical home for independent interfaith / multifaith churches, congregations and seminaries in the USA. It is the ecclesiastic home for “Interfaith as a spiritual expression.”
To provide a synergy of energy and effort to promote and organize a body of independent Interfaith / multifaith churches, congregations, communities and seminaries to be:
1. An ecclesiastic and administrative home to emerging interfaith/multifaith congregations and communities.
2. An ecclesiastical endorser for professional chaplains to the military, Veterans Administration, professional chaplains organizations and other entities requiring this credential.
3. An ordaining body to interfaith seminary programs that meet the requirements (if necessary).
4. A national home for emergingInterfaith Communities to give them credibility within the community.
5. A promoter of the “Interfaith Communitiess” and “interfaith minister” identity.
6. Join with the interfaith and interspiritual communities organized around the world to form the “World CIC.”
7. In collaboration with member organizations, determine and promote recognized Interfaith curriculum standards.
8. In collaboration with member organizations, determine and promote recognized Interfaith Minister ethics and codes of conduct.
9. Provide ecclesiastical oversight to member organizations and individuals within those organizations using standards which will be determined by those groups in concert with CIC-USA.
10. Establish and maintain a universally recognized database of duly organized Interfaith Ministers and congregations.
11. To join national interfaith organizations such as NAIN and others.
12. Seek out, encourage and assist member organizations and individuals to further their education and training.
Question: What must we believe to join?
There will be no specific statement of faith, only a statement of interfaith / multifaith / interspiritual principles to guide the congregations.
Question: What requirements are necessary for our congregation or community to join?
To be a full member with voting rights, your congregation or community must be incorporated as a non-profit within your state and have an EIN number from the IRS. To be an “emerging community” without voting rights, an EIN number and the calling to create community is all that an interfaith minister needs. To be an “allied community” without voting rights, a community must be a non-profit with a heart to be part of the greater interfaith movement.
Question: What is the history of CIC-USA?
This movement to organize “interfaith-interspirituality as a form of human spiritual expression” began in January 2009 when three interfaith ministers created the Order of Universal Interfaith (OUnI) as an ecclesiastic home for all seminary or traditionally trained interfaith clergy. The order gathered names of seminaries and other congregations, and recruited the founding board of directors to represent their communities in a broader organization that would be a vessel for all interfaith/interspiritual ministries. Some of the founding members included:
Rev. Bob Salt from the Menomonie Interfaith Fellowship of WI
Rev. JoAnn Barrett from the Gathering of Light Interspiritual Fellowship of NY
Rev. Dave Bell from the Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth of MI
Rev. Terri Kierbel of the interfaith community of Ventura, CA
Rev. Jean Leone OUnI of the Order of Universal Interfaith (OUnI)
Rev. Diane Berke of the One Spirit Interfaith Seminary
Rev. Gina Rose Halpern of the Chaplaincy Institute of Berkeley
In February 2009 the first board meeting took place via telephone. Incorporated in March 2009 in Washington, District of Columbia, under the name of the “Council of Interfaith Congregations of the United States,” the body grew. That December, the founding Executive Director spoke about both emerging organizations to the Parliament of World Religions in Melbourne, Australia, and the vision to organize interfaith-interspiritual ministries. In 2015 the CIC-USA found a new home in Ann Arbor, Michigan, in one of the most dynamic and active congregations, and officially evolved to the Council of Interfaith Communities to reflect the many names for spiritual organization at the local levels.
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Council of Interfaith Communities of the United States