“O you who have believed, be persistently standing firm for Allah, witnesses in justice, and do not let the hatred of a people prevent you from being just. Be just; that is nearer to righteousness.” (Quran 5:8)
In-Service Training & AMC Members’ Retreat: March 23rd & 24th, 2019
Theme: Protecting The Heart: Islam & Cross-Cultural Competency
Yale Divinity School in New Haven, CT
The Annual National Shura & In-Service Training for Chaplains, Imams & Other Service Providers to the Muslim Community is organized by the Association of Muslim Chaplains in partnership with The Islamic Seminary of America (TISA) and the Muslim Endorsement Council of Connecticut (MECC) was held March 23rd 2019 at Yale University in New Haven, CT and was followed at the same location by the Association of Muslim Chaplains Members’ Retreat facilitated by Dr. Ingrid Mattson focusing on the topic of professional chaplaincy ethics.
Program & Speakers
2019 In-Service Training & AMC Members’ Retreat Summary forthcoming insha’Allah
2018 In-Service Training & AMC Members’ Retreat Summary
The Annual National Shura & In-Service Training for Chaplains, Imams & Other Service Providers to the Muslim Community is organized by the Association of Muslim Chaplains in partnership with the Islamic Seminary Foundation and the Muslim Endorsement Council of Connecticut and brings together a talented and knowledgeable group of brothers and sisters annually in New Haven, Connecticut to learn from each other.
The 2018 program was held March 24th at Yale Divinity School in New Haven, CT and was followed March 25th by the AMC Members’ Retreat. The In-Service theme was Islamic Bioethics and the plenary speakers were Dr. Asim Padela and Chaplain Tahera Akmal. AMC Track programs included the following:
Chaplain Tahara Akmal: Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE): Integration of Psychosocial Theories, Theology, and Use of Self.
Imam Johari Abdul Malik and Ch. Shareda Hosein: #MetooMuslim
Sexual harassment and inappropriate conduct within the Muslim community
Dr. Muhammad Hatim: Caregiving to Muslims
Challenges to African American Muslim Wellness
Chaplain Nisa Muhammad & Rev. Cecil Duffie: Effective Interfaith Engagement
What works in multifaith environments
Chaplain Adeel Zeb & Ch. Hanaa Unus: Crisis Management in Troubling Times
Lessons learned on chaplaincy in crisis situations with case studies from Chapel Hill & A.D.A.M.S.
AMC Members’ Retreat
AMC members and their spouses attended dinner together in the evening, and members returned on Sunday March 25th for a retreat facilitated by Dr. Khadijah Matin titled Living A Green Deen: Sustaining Self-Care. In this interactive workshop participants, through discussion, journaling and meditation, explored an expanded understanding of self-care, incorporating our understanding of Khalifah, engaging the Names of Allah and our daily relationships.
2017 In-Service Training & Members’ AMC Retreat Summary
AMC partnered with the Islamic Seminary foundation (ISF) and the Muslim Endorsement Council of Connecticut (MECC) in organizing the 7th Annual National Shura 1438 & In-Service Training for Chaplains, Imams & Other Service Providers to the Muslim Community on March 25, 2017 in New Haven, CT followed by an AMC Members’ Retreat.
The theme of the Shura was “Service to Humanity 2.0: Best Practices.” Dr. Rami Nashashibi from the Inner-City Muslim Action Network (IMAN) was this year’s invited keynote speaker. Additionally Dr. James Jones graciously provided the second keynote address, titled “Black Lives Matter Because All Lives Matter,” due to a last minute cancelation. Insha’Allah a recording of both talks will be made available to AMC members shortly. We were also blessed to have a number of chaplains presenting best practices drawn from the Shura’s first call for proposals. A full Shura program with topics and speaker information can be seen here. Chaplain Kamau Ayubbi led the Members’ Retreat which focused on providing members with spiritual rejuvenation and meditation tools for use in their work.
During the AMC Annual Meeting onsite, recognition awards were given to Chaplain Shareda Hosein for her contributions to AMC and the development of the field of Islamic Chaplaincy, Chaplains Omer Bajwa and Kamal Abu-Shamsieh for their contributions to the development of the field of Islamic Chaplaincy. Members of the Executive Board also provided updates on developments in the field and within the organization and results of the election were also made public.
A change in venue to the Yale Divinity School allowed for much appreciated complimentary parking on site and classroom spaces better able to accommodate participants. In addition to establishing that new relationship, the gathering provided the opportunity to deepen our relationship with ACPE which was represented by its president-elect Dr Amy Greene.
AMC would like to extend warm gratitude to the many volunteers who worked tirelessly to make the gathering such a success: may they be generously rewarded for their efforts.
If you attended and have photos we would be most grateful if you would share them with us at Communications[at]AssociationOfMuslimChaplains[dot]org