The world of religion is changing so fast we can hardly keep up with the vocabulary let alone the ideas that are fueling it. Since its founding in 2012, the BIG I Conference for Inclusive Theology, Spirituality and Consciousness has attempted to document the evolving spiritual landscape while preparing the future leaders in this rapidly growing movement. This fourth annual conference highlights the joining of science and spirituality as a way to heal the planet on which we live. At the 2014 event 10 highly qualified individuals became the first ordained “Eco-Ministers” in the world. The 2015 conference helps to guide all the future leaders and eco-ministers with the knowledge, contacts and skills to successful create community, provide vision and learn best practices to get all people of the world to come together for the healing of a planet and environment that is suffering from the modern society. The conference uses 18 minute presentations and hour-long interactive workshops, to guide the attendees in the way forward. Join us for three days of deep thinking, critical introspection, hands-on participation in the divine presence and a renewed commitment to serve all people of all faiths and the world around us.
To bring together scholars and spiritual people to explore through dialogue and practices and scholarly publication, the evolution of human spirituality through the inclusive theology and consciousness of interfaith, interspirituality and integral spirituality and meeting the emerging spiritually independent (spiritual-but-not-religious) community.
The Council of Interfaith Communities of the United States (www.cic-usa.org) is a democratic religious ecclesiastic body of independently-organized interfaith, multifaith, and interspiritual congregations, communities, and seminaries throughout the United States. We invite you to learn about us and our vision to create, nurture and sustain the opportunities for everyone to have a place of worship, community and service that allows them freedom of spiritual expression and the chance to create inclusive places according to our Declaration of Principles. We are not creating the “religion of interfaith,” but honoring “Interfaith as a spiritual expression.” It is already a thriving spiritual expression in this country and around the world. For over two decades, clergy and lay members have come together in regular community interfaith-interspiritual-integral services. Interfaith, Interspiritual, and Integral Ministers are also serving in hospitals, hospices, law enforcement and in education as chaplains, spiritual counselors, and educators. CIC-USA provides an ecclesiastical home. The CIC-USA is one country component of the greater World Council of Interfaith Communities now represented on three continents.
The Order of Universal Interfaith (OUnI) (www.ouni.org) is an organized religious body providing an ecclesiastic home for interfaith, interspiritual and integral men and women from all faith and spiritual paths, cultures and ethnic groups. The order promotes “inclusive theology, spirituality and consciousness” and provides services to the Spiritually Independent (Spiritual-But-Not-Religious). While the world is going through a transformation of its outlook of spirituality and religion, our institutions and governments are not keeping up with the radical changes taking place. OUnI was created as one “ecclesiastic body” for spiritual people of all faiths, and to be a bridge that brings credibility and accreditation to those who want to serve the world.
These non-profit organizations that hosts this event are located in Washington, DC, with memberships around the United States and around the world.
Rabbi Dr. Rami Shapiro
Rabbi Rami Shapiro is an award winning author, poet, essayist, and educator whose poems have been anthologized in over a dozen volumes, and whose prayers are used in prayer books around the world. Rami received rabbinical ordination from the Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion and holds both Ph.d. and D.D. degrees. A congregational rabbi for 20 years, Rabbi Rami recently completed his assignment as an Adjunct Professor of Religious Studies at Middle Tennessee State University. In addition to writing books, Rami writes a regular column for Spirituality and Health magazine called “Roadside Assistance for the Spiritual Traveler” and he has a blog. His most recent book is Perennial Wisdom for the Spiritually Independent published by Skylight Paths. He can be reached via his website.
Rev. Timothy Miner OUnI
Rev. Timothy Miner is the executive director of the Council of Interfaith Communities and one of three founders of the Order of Universal Interfaith. He was called to chaplaincy after the events of 9/11 and now serves as a chaplain and chaplain-trainer for U.S. Federal and local law enforcement and disaster response programs. Rev. Miner is a minister for an interfaith-interspiritual fellowship, and he is the content-producer of spiritual information for a world-wide Spiritual But Not Religious and Spiritually Independent community. A background in aviation and meteorology also keeps him active in eco-ministry. He has academic degrees in physical and human geography, computer sciences, atmospheric science, and a M.Div. from a Baptist seminary; he is also a graduate of interfaith seminary program. In January 2013 he led the first discussions of one of the world’s largest science societies as it attempts to breach the divide between science and spirituality through integral thinking, and he has been invited back to their 2014 meeting to carry on the discussion.
Rev. Claire Frances(Goodman) OUnI
Rev. Claire Frances, a 2004 graduate of interfaith seminary, is founder and principal minister at Sacred Ground Ceremonies of Charlottesville, VA where she has been a celebrant for ten years. She has participated in and organized many interfaith events in Central Virginia, has been a volunteer chaplain for the University of Virginia Medical Center, and is associated with the Satchidananda Ashram Community (Yogaville). She was co-ordained into OUnI in October of 2013..