March 23rd & 24th In-Service Training & Members’ Retreat

“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) and held March 23rd 2019 at Yale University in New Haven, CT and will be 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.


Click here to purchase tickets.


Saturday In-Service Training (8am-6pm)
Early Bird Registration (before midnight March 15th)
$75 General Attendee
$45 AMC members & Students

Regular Registration (starting March 16th)
$99 General Attendee
$60 AMC members & Students

AMC Members’ Retreat*
(6pm-7pm Saturday dinner, 9am-12pm Sunday followed by lunch)
$11 Members’ Dinner
$11 Spouses’ Dinner
$9 Sunday Lunch

*Chaplains must have joined/renewed and purchased a ticket in advance to ensure participation space, spouses and children are invited to join Saturday’s dinner, but Sunday is a closed door program for chaplains only 

Advertising & Sponsorship

Quarter, half, and full page advertisement spaces are available for sponsorship purchase in the program. Please click here to download the order form and information sheet. You can see last year’s program here.

Program & Speakers

Click here to see the draft program schedule.
Imam Kashif Abdul-Karim
Chaplain Samsiah Abdulmajid
Attorney Roula Allouch
Prof. Rania Awaad MD
Prof. Ihsan Bagby PhD
Prof. Lance Laird ThD
Chaplain Mustafa Boz
Dr. Zahid Bukhari Phd
Chaplain Shareda Hosein
Chaplain Celene Ibrahim PhD
Prof. Jimmy Jones DMin
Dr. Reza Mansoor MD
Chaplain Khadijah Matin DMin
Chaplain Abdul-Rasheed Muhammad
Chaplain Nisa Muhammad
Imam Bilal Prather
Chaplain Leenah Safi
Prof. Saher Selod PhD


Yale Divinity School
409 Prospect Street
New Haven, CT 06511


Parking is located directly across from the school entrance (after you’ve entered from the driveway).


Please contact the planning team by writing to Communications[at]AssociationOfMuslimChaplains[org] to notify us of your interest in having childcare services which will be arranged based on members needs and the building’s capacity.

Call For Proposals

The call for presentation and workshop proposals has closed. If you would like to consider submitting a proposal for a poster please click here to see details (and disregard the due date).


You are welcome to send any questions pertaining to the in-service training or the members’ retreat to Communications[at]AssociationOfMuslimChaplains[org]


Participants are responsible for making their own hotel arrangements. We typically offer a discounted rate at a local hotel, details will be made available here once the arrangements have been made.

Conference Hotel: New Haven Village Suites 
3 Long Wharf Drive
New Haven, CT  06511
(203) 777-5337  (800) 331-3131
$119/single occupancy room  $129/double occupancy room
To obtain the conference rate call to make a reservation using the group name “Shura 1440”
New Haven Village Suites provides complimentary hot breakfast and free shuttle service to and from the conference up until 8:00pm. The Shuttle also picks up individuals from New Haven’s local airport, train and bus ttation until 8:00pm

Other area options:

La Quinta Inn & Suites New Haven
400 Sargent Drive New Haven, CT  06511
(203) 562-1111 (800) 642-4271
La Quinta provides shuttle service to and from the conference.

Courtyard by Marriott at Yale
30 Whalley Avenue
New Haven, CT  06511
(203) 777-6221  (800) 321-2211

New Haven Hotel
229 George Street
New Haven, CT  06510
(203) 498-3100 (800)

Omni New Haven Hotel
Yale155 Temple Street
New Haven, CT  06510
(203) 772-6664 (800)

Travel (From Lonely Planet)


Tweed New Haven Airport services a global network of more than 330 cities. However, flights out of airports in New York City [Laguardia is closest] and Hartford [Bradley International Airport] are significantly cheaper, and ground transportation to both cities is easy and inexpensive. Connecticut Transit ( bus G gets you to the New Haven airport ($3.25, 15 minutes). A taxi costs around $20.


Peter Pan Bus Lines connects New Haven with New York City (from $12, two hours, eight daily), Hartford (from $12, one hour, six daily) and Boston (from $11, four to five hours, seven daily), as does Greyhound ( Buses depart from inside New Haven’s Union Station.

Connecticut Limousine is an airport shuttle servicing Hartford’s Bradley airport, New York’s JFK and LaGuardia airports, and New Jersey’s Newark airport. Pick-up and drop-off is at Union Station and select downtown New Haven hotels. Services to Newark attract a higher rate.


Metro-North trains make the run between Union Station and New York City’s Grand Central Terminal (peak/off-peak $23.25/17.50, two hours) almost every hour from 7am to midnight.

Shore Line East runs regional trains up the shore of Long Island Sound to Old Saybrook (45 minutes) and New London (70 minutes), as well as Commuter Connection buses that shuttle passengers from Union Station (in the evenings) and from State St Station (in the mornings) to New Haven Green.

Amtrak trains run express from New York City’s Penn Station to New Haven (from $32, 1¾ hours).

Area Dining 

There are several Halal/ Zabiha restaurants in and around New Haven, but please make sure to ask about individual items as some of these restaurants serve some non-Zabiha items. These restaurants include:

Aladdin Crown Pizza – (203) 773-3772- 260 Crown St (in between College and High). Mediterranean and American food, including shawarma, tabouli, etc.

Ali Baba’s Fusion – (203) 468-2328 – 986 Dixwell Ave, Hamden, CT 06514. This restaurant serves very affordable Indian/Pakistani Cuisine.

Chap’s Grille – (203) 562-2966- 1174 Chapel St (corner of Chapel and Park). Mediterranean and American food, including shawarma, hamburgers, etc.

Claire’s Corner Copia – (203) 562-3888- 1000 Chapel St (corner of Chapel and College). This restaurant is “gourmet vegetarian,” slightly expensive but very creative.

Crown Fried Chicken (203)865-8931- 474 Whalley Ave, New Haven, CT 06511. “Very affordable prices”

Pitaziki – (203) 773-5000- 170 Temple St (across from Omni Hotel). Mediterranean and American food, including shawarma, tabouli, etc.

Saray – (203) 937-0707- 770 Campbell Avenue, West Haven, CT 06516. Turkish cuisine.

Tikkaway Grill –   (203) 624-1299 – 2 Howe Street, New Haven CT 06511 AND 135 Orange Street New Haven CT 06510 “Build your own wraps, rice bowls, and salads. Vegan options available.”

Turkish Kebab House – (203) 933-0002- 1157 Campbell Avenue, West Haven, CT 06516. Turkish cuisine.

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. 

Click here to see the full program!

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

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