2017 Convocation Weekend
Sep
9
Sep 10

2017 Convocation Weekend

Calling All ChIME 2017-18 Students!  The journey begins this weekend with two days of Convocation activities.  [For students accepted into the ChIME Program.]

Circle of Prayer led by ChIME Graduates
Sep
24
10:30 am10:30

Circle of Prayer led by ChIME Graduates

Circle of Prayer led by ChIME graduates, simultaneously in Portland, Maine and Amesbury, Massachusetts, every fourth Sunday of the month at 10:30 a.m. Join in community as prayers are offered both by request and silently; please contact ChIME Prayer Circle directly for more information at circleofprayer33@gmail.com.

Circle of Prayer led by ChIME Graduates
Nov
26
10:30 am10:30

Circle of Prayer led by ChIME Graduates

Circle of Prayer led by ChIME graduates, simultaneously in Portland, Maine and Amesbury, Massachusetts, every fourth Sunday of the month at 10:30 a.m. Join in community as prayers are offered both by request and silently; please contact ChIME Prayer Circle directly for more information at circleofprayer33@gmail.com.

Circle of Prayer led by ChIME Graduates
Dec
24
10:30 am10:30

Circle of Prayer led by ChIME Graduates

Circle of Prayer led by ChIME graduates, simultaneously in Portland, Maine and Amesbury, Massachusetts, every fourth Sunday of the month at 10:30 a.m. Join in community as prayers are offered both by request and silently; please contact ChIME Prayer Circle directly for more information at circleofprayer33@gmail.com.


Community Chaplains Needed Now: Hope Amidst Confusion (Open House)
Jun
14
5:30 pm17:30

Community Chaplains Needed Now: Hope Amidst Confusion (Open House)

Please help ChIME find the next wave of Community Chaplains, by attending this free, informal Open House.

Wednesday, June 14 at 5:30 PM - 7 PM
at ChIME, 302 Stevens Avenue, Portland, Maine 04103


In these times, when stress seems to be mounting for so many people, Community Chaplains are needed more than ever. As we continue our enrollment for Fall 2017, please consider whether you, or someone you know, is a prospective Community Chaplain.

Community Chaplains serve as a listening presence, helping people to find THEIR spiritual center, in times of celebration and times of crisis.

Our two-year Interfaith Chaplaincy training program is designed for adults with other job and/or family responsibilities. 500 hours of faculty contact are spread across two academic years, with meetings one night a week and one weekend a month.

You can call ChIME at 207-347-6740 or email admin@chimeofmaine.org to recommend someone ... including yourself....for our program. We'd be happy to help you discern whether Community Chaplaincy is right for you. 

Or come and explore what ChIME is all about during one of our monthly open houses. The next one is Wednesday June 14 from 5:30 to 7 in the ChIME classroom at 302 Stevens Avenue in Portland. Join author Robert Atkinson in a meaningful conversation on how we can make sense of the time we live in, what our guiding principles are, where they come from, and where they are leading us. 

His new book, The Story of our Time: From Duality to Interconnectedness to Oneness, is framed by seven unifying principles from the mystical traditions of the world’s religions. It offers a thoughtful narrative of conscious evolution, assuring us that this period of chaos and conflict will ultimately move us closer to the promise at the heart of all sacred traditions. How we get there depends upon the stories we live by and the action we take.

Viewing this time of rapid change and recurring crises from an interfaith and interspiritual perspective gives us great hope. We can see that all around us spiritual forces and social movements are guiding a process of profound transformation, shifting us away from divided communities with a consciousness of duality toward an awareness of the inherent interconnectedness of all things. In turn, a global community with a consciousness of oneness is emerging.

ChIME's 2017 Ordination and Graduation
Jun
4
3:00 pm15:00

ChIME's 2017 Ordination and Graduation

  • First Parish Congregational Church

Join the Class of 2017 and the ChIME community for the culmination event of the year: ChIME's 14th Annual Ordination and Graduation. All are welcome!

The ceremony will be held at First Parish Congregational Church, 12 Beach Street Saco, ME

    Interfaith As a Way of Life, Open House
    May
    22
    5:30 pm17:30

    Interfaith As a Way of Life, Open House

    • Portland New Church

    Prospective Students, Curious Seekers, and All are welcome!  ChIME's final open house of the school year will be with Abbess Patricia Ellen as she discusses Interfaith as a Way of Life.  Incoming Dean Katie Payson will join Patricia.

    Community Chaplains Needed Now!  Interfaith as a Way of Life  Please come join the discussion; RSVP not necessary but will help us plan ahead:  admin@chimeofmaine.org or 207-347-6740.

    Interfaith Worship Service, 3rd Sunday of the Month and Potluck / Spring Clean UP
    May
    21
    10:30 am10:30

    Interfaith Worship Service, 3rd Sunday of the Month and Potluck / Spring Clean UP

    • Portland New Church

    TOPIC TO COME

    Description of service to come.
    Our leaders in worship will be ChIME students Christina Davis and Mary O'Brien.
    Typical services include music, silence, readings and reflections.  An offering is taken but not required.  You are also invited to stay for the social hour and meet ChIME students, faculty, staff and graduates informally.

    This month we also invite ChIME grads and friends to join us after the service (approx 11:30am) for a potluck and Spring Clean Up of the Portland New Church grounds.  Look for details the week before or call 207-347-6740 or email admin@chimeofmaine.org.

    THE YOGA OF SOUND: THE ART OF SPIRITUAL SELF-CARE WITH RUSSILL PAUL
    May
    5
    May 7

    THE YOGA OF SOUND: THE ART OF SPIRITUAL SELF-CARE WITH RUSSILL PAUL

    • UNE's Ludcke Auditorium

    Back by popular demand, a weekend workshop with Russill Paul, musician and spiritual teacher. Designed for yogis, healers, and spiritual practitioners of all persuasions.
     
    Surprise yourself with what your voice can do, the places you can go, and the healing you experience through the power of sound. The Yoga of Sound combines forms of vocal expression with ecstatic live music and sacred movement to tap profound states of spiritual consciousness.

    Receive a discount when you register for the entire weekend. A la carte pricing is also available for select sessions. Join us!

    (See 3-day breakdown by clicking Registration page below, including a la carte offerings of Friday night Kirtan, Saturday all-day Self-Care session, and Sunday Master Class.)

    Register Here

    Co-sponsored with UNE's Intercultural Student Engagement department.

    The Modern Mystic... could it be you?
    Apr
    20
    5:30 pm17:30

    The Modern Mystic... could it be you?

    • portland new church

    Please help ChIME find the next wave of Community Chaplains at this free Open House!

    In these times, when stress seems to be mounting for so many people, Community Chaplains are needed more than ever. As we continue our enrollment for Fall 2017, please consider whether you, or someone you know, is a prospective Community Chaplain.

    Community Chaplains serve as a listening presence, helping people to find THEIR spiritual center, in times of celebration and times of crisis.

    Our two-year Interfaith Chaplaincy training program is designed for adults with other job and/or family responsibilities. 500 hours of faculty contact are spread across two academic years, with meetings one night a week and one weekend a month.

    You can call ChIME at 207-347-6740 or email admin@chimeofmaine.org to recommend someone ... including yourself....for our program. We'd be happy to help you discern whether Community Chaplaincy is right for you. 

    Or come and explore what ChIME is all about during one of our monthly open houses. The next one is April 20 from 5;30 to 7 in the ChIME classroom at 302 Stevens Avenue in Portland.

    On this popular free evening of conversation, our guide will be Guan Dojo (Joan Uraneck), who invites us to “find the heart of mysticism through an exploration of Rumi, Hildegarde von Bingen, Jesus, Thomas Merton, you and me.” We'll explore questions such as: Who were the mystics? What is a mystic? Could YOU be a mystic? What does the modern mystic look like? Act like? How does ChIME's curriculum support the modern mystic? 

    Guan is a retired art history professor at MECA, a graduate of ChIME, and teaches at ChIME. RSVP 207-347-6740 or admin@chimeofmaine.org. We look forward to seeing you.

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    April Interfaith Worship Service, 2nd Sunday of the Month
    Apr
    9
    10:30 am10:30

    April Interfaith Worship Service, 2nd Sunday of the Month

    • The Portland New Church

    NOTE: To allow for Easter Sunday, this ChIME student-led service in April has been moved from the 3rd Sunday to the 2nd Sunday of the month, Palm Sunday on the Christian Calendar.  

    TOPIC TO COME

    Description of service to come.
    Our leaders in worship will be ChIME students Linda Card and Kali Bird Isis.
    Typical services include music, silence, readings and reflections.  An offering is taken but not required.  You are also invited to stay for the social hour and meet ChIME students, faculty, staff and graduates informally.

    RECONNECTING WITH NATURE with ChIME Abbess Patricia Ellen and ChIME Graduate Susan Howe
    Apr
    2
    9:30 am09:30

    RECONNECTING WITH NATURE with ChIME Abbess Patricia Ellen and ChIME Graduate Susan Howe

    • Center For Grieving Children building

    RESCHEDULED TO APRIL 30TH: Based on the work of Joanna Macy, author of Coming Back to Life: Practices to Reconnect Our Lives, Our World.

    ChIME students and staff will join you during this all-day workshop (discount available when you register for three ChIME workshops this term). Pre-registration is required, as space is limited. $75 online registration click here or phone 207-347-6740 or mail your check to:  ChIME, PO Box 3833, Portland, ME  04104-3833.

    Some scholarship assistance is available. We look forward to your visit!

    INTRODUCTION TO THE ENNEAGRAM with Michael Naylor
    Apr
    1
    9:30 am09:30

    INTRODUCTION TO THE ENNEAGRAM with Michael Naylor

    • Center For Grieving Children building

    Understand yourself and others better with this ancient and modern system for psychological and spiritual growth.  A fun, interactive, enlightening day.

    ChIME students and staff will join you during this all-day workshop (discount available when you register for three ChIME workshops this term). Pre-registration is required, as space is limited. $75 online registration click here or phone 207-347-6740 or mail your check to:  ChIME, PO Box 3833, Portland, ME  04104-3833.

    Some scholarship assistance is available. We look forward to your visit!

    Community Chaplains Needed Now: ChIME OPEN HOUSE with Founding Abbot Jacob Watson
    Mar
    27
    5:30 pm17:30

    Community Chaplains Needed Now: ChIME OPEN HOUSE with Founding Abbot Jacob Watson

    • 302 Stevens Avenue Portland, ME, 04103 United States

    Please help ChIME find the next wave of Community Chaplains at this Open House!

    In these times, when stress seems to be mounting for so many people, Community Chaplains are needed more than ever. As we begin our enrollment period for Fall 2017, please consider whether you, or someone you know, is a prospective Community Chaplain.

    Community Chaplains serve as a listening presence, helping people to find THEIR spiritual center, in times of celebration and times of crisis.

    Our two-year Interfaith Chaplaincy training program is designed for adults with other job and/or family responsibilities. 500 hours of faculty contact are spread across two academic years, with meetings one night a week and one weekend a month.

    You can call ChIME at 207-347-6740 or email admin@chimeofmaine.org to recommend someone ... including yourself....for our program. We'd be happy to help you discern whether Community Chaplaincy is right for you. 

    Or invite a prospective student to one of our monthly open house evenings, and come with them to explore what ChIME is all about.
    The next Open House is Monday, March 27 from 5:30 to 7 pm at 302 Stevens Avenue in Portland, in the ChIME classroom. The topic is " Holy Flame of Compassion: How to nurture ourselves when our world is on fire," with your host Jacob Watson, ChIME's Founding Abbot and author of Essence: The Emotional Path to Spirit. Jacob will share Interfaith spiritual practices of awareness, balance, prayer and meditation. Free, all are welcome.  Join us!

    Interfaith Worship Service, 3rd Sunday of the month
    Mar
    19
    10:30 am10:30

    Interfaith Worship Service, 3rd Sunday of the month

    • Portland New Church

    TOPIC TO COME

    Description of service to come.
    Our leaders in worship will be ChIME students Tom Kircher and Casey McKeown.
    Typical services include music, silence, readings and reflections.  An offering is taken but not required.  You are also invited to stay for the social hour and meet ChIME students, faculty, staff and graduates informally.

    Professional Development Workshop I
    Mar
    11
    9:30 am09:30

    Professional Development Workshop I

    • 302 Stevens Avenue Portland, ME, 04103 United States

    Session One: Finding My Future Chaplain Self – What’s Stopping Me from Getting There?
    This session is an opportunity to look inward and discern where you are being called to serve as an Interfaith Chaplain, and what might
    subconsciously be holding you back.

    Facilitator: Rachel Horton White of Soulful Work Consulting (see
    http://www.soulfulworkconsulting.com/)

    Session Two: Developing Your Wedding Business
    Hear from a professional officiant who is noted throughout Maine and New Hampshire for her knowledge of and passion for doing
    weddings. The goal of the workshop is for you to walk away with lots of information and actionable items to get your wedding business off the ground!

    Facilitator: Maria Northcott of A Sweet Start
    (see www.asweetstart.com) AND
    the founder of the Maine Wedding Network (see http://www.
    maineweddingnetwork.com).

    *Session Three (Optional): Business Card Clinic*
    For those that do not have a business card already or want to get input on what you have, we have some artistic people with design
    backgrounds to help you make a business card.

    $35 Fee.  To hold your space for this full-day event, please click here.  FMI email to jamescoomey@gmail.com

     

    What Do Interfaith Chaplains Do? An Open House with Dean Angie Arndt
    Feb
    23
    5:30 pm17:30

    What Do Interfaith Chaplains Do? An Open House with Dean Angie Arndt

    • ChIME (at the Portland New Church)

    Please help ChIME find the next wave of Community Chaplains at this Open House!

    In these times, when stress seems to be mounting for so many people, Community Chaplains are needed more than ever. As we begin our enrollment period for Fall 2017, please consider whether you, or someone you know, is a prospective Community Chaplain.

    Community Chaplains serve as a listening presence, helping people to find THEIR spiritual center, in times of celebration and times of crisis.

    Our two-year Interfaith Chaplaincy training program is designed for adults with other job and/or family responsibilities. 500 hours of faculty contact are spread across two academic years, with meetings one night a week and one weekend a month.

    You can call ChIME at 207-347-6740 or email admin@chimeofmaine.org to recommend someone ... including yourself....for our program. We'd be happy to help you discern whether Community Chaplaincy is right for you. 

    Or invite a prospective student to one of our monthly open house evenings, and come with them to explore what ChIME is all about.
    The next Open House is Thursday, February 23 from 5:30 to 7 pm at 302 Stevens Avenue in Portland, in the ChIME classroom. The topic is "What Do Interfaith Chaplains Do?" and the host is Dean Angie Arndt. We look forward to seeing you!

    Interfaith Worship Service, 3rd Sunday of the Month
    Feb
    19
    10:30 am10:30

    Interfaith Worship Service, 3rd Sunday of the Month

    • Portland New Church

    TOPIC TO COME

    Description of service to come.
    Our leaders in worship will be ChIME students Jon Gale and Diana Pease.
    Typical services include music, silence, readings and reflections.  An offering is taken but not required.  You are also invited to stay for the social hour and meet ChIME students, faculty, staff and graduates informally.

    COLTRANE TO NUSRAT with Yuval Ron Ensemble
    Feb
    4
    1:30 pm13:30

    COLTRANE TO NUSRAT with Yuval Ron Ensemble

    • ChIME

    From Coltrane to Nusrat: The Mystery of Music and Spirituality. Why is it such that many of the top improvising musicians have been also spiritual people ? From John Coltrane to Nusrat Ali Fatah Khan we find the same peculiar phenomenon. What is the connection between improvising and the mystical experience? Exploration of the concept of being a vessel, being an instrument. Limited space for this FREE workshop; please register here.


    Part of the SEEKING RESONANCE series in partnership with Portland Ovations FMI visit their website or call ChIME at 207-347-6740

    THE WORLD OF MUSIC with Yuval Ron Ensemble
    Feb
    4
    11:00 am11:00

    THE WORLD OF MUSIC with Yuval Ron Ensemble

    • ChIME (at the Portland New Church)

    Morning workshop: The World Through Music

    Sounds, musical instruments and stories from various cultures around the world. From the talking drum of Africa, to the trance rhythms of Morocco, to the mystical sounds of India, Israel and Persia, participants are invited into dancing, music making and role playing. In addition to the historical background of the music, Yuval Ron introduces concepts of compassion, oneness, social activism, care of the environment and the responsibility to each others’ well- being. Limited space for this FREE workshop; please register here.


    Part of the SEEKING RESONANCE series in partnership with Portland Ovations FMI visit their website or call ChIME at 207-347-6740

    Interfaith Worship Service, 3rd Sunday of the Month
    Jan
    15
    10:30 am10:30

    Interfaith Worship Service, 3rd Sunday of the Month

    • Portland New Church

    TOPIC TO COME

    Description of service to come.
    Our leaders in worship will be ChIME students Norene Freeman and Judy Graham.
    Typical services include music, silence, readings and reflections.  An offering is taken but not required.  You are also invited to stay for the social hour and meet ChIME students, faculty, staff and graduates informally.

    NATIVE AMERICAN SPIRITUALITY & SOCIAL ACTION with Sherri Mitchell, JD
    Jan
    7
    9:30 am09:30

    NATIVE AMERICAN SPIRITUALITY & SOCIAL ACTION with Sherri Mitchell, JD

    • Center For Grieving Children building

    Where do our foundational beliefs come from? What are they? How can we become agents of transformation, starting at the deepest level and moving into wider circles? What points of convergence can we find within ourselves, and with those with whom we are in conflict? What vision of transformation can we co-create, recognizing that privilege exists, and not everyone has the same opportunity to transform his or her life. What is our responsibility to those mired in violence, poverty, and trauma? How can we together change the human dynamic so that all beings, not just some, can live better?

    Sherri Mitchell, JD (Wena'gamu'gwasit) is a powerful Indigenous Rights, Earth Rights and Peace Advocate, who speaks across the U.S. and Canada, and publishes widely on social and public media.

    Join ChIME students and staff in learning from Sherri during this all-day workshop on Native American Spirituality as a basis for social justice. Pre-registration is required, as space is limited. $75 online registration click here or phone 207-347-6740 or mail your check to:  ChIME, PO Box 3833, Portland, ME  04104-3833. Some scholarship assistance is available. We look forward to your visit!

    Interfaith Worship Service, 3rd Sunday of the month (CANCELLED)
    Dec
    18
    10:30 am10:30

    Interfaith Worship Service, 3rd Sunday of the month (CANCELLED)

    • Portland New Church

    Our service today has been CANCELLED due to weather. 

     

     

    LUMINOUS GIFTS

    Sharing music, reflection, and stories of love and light in a season of darkness.
    Our leaders in worship will be ChIME students Craig Werth and Abby Lamb.
    Typical services include music, silence, readings and reflections.  An offering is taken but not required.  You are also invited to stay for the social hour and meet ChIME students, faculty, staff and graduates informally.

    Shoulder to Shoulder at USM
    Dec
    7
    12:00 pm12:00

    Shoulder to Shoulder at USM

    Wednesday, December 7 Shoulder-to-Shoulder, an event bringing together people of all faiths and traditions, including ChIME Staff and Graduates, to stand with those who are feeling unsafe. At noon at the Woodbury Campus Center at USM. FMI please email reza.jalali@maine.edu.

    Interfaith Worship Service, 3rd Sunday of the month
    Nov
    20
    10:30 am10:30

    Interfaith Worship Service, 3rd Sunday of the month

    • The Portland New Church

    Counting On your Blessings

     Our leaders in worship will be ChIME students Deborah Moran and Deirdre Drennen.

    Typical services include music, silence, readings and reflections.  An offering is taken but not required.  You are also invited to stay for the social hour and meet ChIME students, faculty, staff and graduates informally.

    ALL ARE WELCOME!

    BUDDHISM with Lama Willa Miller: The Art of Compassion: Meditation, Self-Care and Cultivating Sustainable Love
    Nov
    6
    9:30 am09:30

    BUDDHISM with Lama Willa Miller: The Art of Compassion: Meditation, Self-Care and Cultivating Sustainable Love

    • Center for Grieving Children

    In the ancient wisdom traditions of India, compassion is not only a posture of the heart: It is a way of life. In this one day workshop, we will explore what it means to actually live a life of compassion. Lama Willa Miller, a minister in the Buddhist tradition, will lead us through exercises, dialogues and contemplations that help us access an authentic, sustainable compassion.  To access such a sustainable compassion, we first explore its shadow-side empathy burn-out, and the ways that compassion can go awry. We look at the personal emotional barriers we carry that interfere with cultivation of deeper compassion. As these are gradually seen, a profound space can open for a deeper more joyful love to emerge naturally. The workshop includes introduction the meditative practices of compassion that extend from ancient wisdom traditions, and more modern adapted forms of contemplation belonging to Sustainable Compassion Training, a form of secular meditation developed in recent years by Professor John Makransky of Boston College. This workshop is open to all, and suitable for anyone interested in discovering anew the power compassion in their life. It is also suitable for caregivers suffering from compassion fatigue and burnout.

    Registration fee: $75.00
    Click here to register or call 207-347-6740.