Thank you for supporting the Missoula Interfaith Collaborative. This fundraiser will benefit Missoula Works, Family Promise, the Housing Advocate Network and Common Good Missoula.
Register now to join our VIRTUAL GALA on Zoom on November 9th from 7-8 pm for a time of celebration, reflection, and inspiration. Come learn about MIC programs, hear stories and learn about how to support our work into the next year. Can’t attend at that time? Register and we will send you a link to the recording.
NEW THIS YEAR- Pie Sales and Online Auction! November 1-12th.
PIE SALES Pumpkin and apple pies are for sale in the online store for $15 each. Limited quantity so don’t wait!
ONLINE AUCTION Check out the auction tab to see what our wonderful supporters have donated! The auction will will close Friday, November 12th at 8 pm. Pies, candies, hand made items, gift baskets and more.
Join us for MIC’s End of year Fundraiser to include a Virtual Gala on zoom on November 9th from 7-8 pm. We are also holding a pie sale & silent auction online from November 1st- November 12th.
Do you know a good pie maker? We are looking for people to make apple and pumpkin pies to be delivered in mid November. We also are looking for auction items to include speciality pies, baked goods, gift baskets, wine basket, experiences (e.g. cabin on a lake), photographs, paintings, services…. you name it ! Be creative! Sign up by October 30th to donate items! Check out our Virtual Gala & Online Auction Site for more details and to register.
Every day employees struggle with life when a family member dies or a child is born. They do their best to cope when a divorce becomes finalized, or a move is imminent. Some people spiral toward languishing when a painful anniversary is on the horizon or work and family life become overwhelming. And, in the midst of this, employees keep working. Some employees may turn to the well-being options provided by their employees. A few employees may also call upon their pastor, rabbi, or a friend in their faith to assist as they navigate change and hardships; although not covered by company wellness offerings, this is also a helpful resource. Other employees do not have a faith community. They may not have a natural person to explore how their understanding of life, death, fear, purpose, and meaning may support or hinder them in their challenges. This is where chaplains often come into the picture.
Traditionally chaplains are found in military, prison, or hospital settings. In all these places, chaplains create opportunities and serve as a resource for anyone, regardless of faith association or spiritual understanding, to pay attention to their lives and connect their physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual selves as they live amid challenging circumstances. We know life is challenging for us all. We also know that Missoulians are spiritually curious; however, only an estimated 10% access spiritual care through a faith community. Therefore, spiritual curiosities and life questions are unexplored, and people are unable to access their spiritual toolkit as they navigate the many challenges of life. This ultimately has detrimental effects on their ability to work, may lead to decreased performance, burnout, and for some, it becomes too much, and they resign.
A Business Chaplain provides presence and deep listening for employees when life impacts their ability to focus and work. A Business Chaplain assists them in drawing on their beliefs about life, purpose, and work as well as their fears, grief, and loss to help them live their most whole lives. Ultimately, this serves the companies who contract with the Missoula Chaplain in supporting their employees with this holistic approach to wellness.
Ready to explore including a business chaplaincy in your employee wellness package? I look forward to hearing from you.
Courtney Arntzen, Community Chaplain, firstname.lastname@example.org, 406-544-2937
This work is held in sponsorship by the Missoula Interfaith Collaborative (MIC). To support this work, please send contributions to MIC with Community Chaplain in the memo or choose Community Chaplain from their drop-down donation menu on their website.
2205 34th St. Missoula, MT 59801 | micmt.org |406) 207-8228
Thanks for your support! !
Thanks for showing your support for children and families battling homelessness and raise awareness of this crisis by joining Family Promise’s National fundraiser !
Night Without A Bed Sleep-out
June 26th, 2021
We raised$15,940 of our $20,000 Goal
with 85 Donors!
All funds will go to support Family Promise- Missoula
REFLECTION ON OPENING OUR DOORS AT THE MEADOWLARK
Terry Burke, Family Promise Advisory Team
On Mother’s Day on May 13, 2012, Family Promise of Missoula opened their doors bringing
hope to families experiencing homelessness; to regain their housing, their independence, and their dignity. A special thanks to the dedicated team from Missoula who laid the groundwork for Family Promise.
In 2013, Missoula Interfaith Collaborative (MIC) formed to strengthen community organizations, generate leaders, and foster meaningful relationships as they act for the common good. In 2016, Family Promise of Missoula merged with MIC to work together and leverage their strengths.
In August 2019, the YWCA and MIC broke ground for the Meadowlark to provide critical support and shelter for victims of domestic violence and homeless families.
Family Promise, since 2012, has served up to 4 families at a time and now, in collaboration with
the YWCA, will be able to serve 31 families. Additionally the YWCA will house up to
13 households fleeing domestic violence at the Meadowlark. We, the volunteers, the local
congregations, and the community partners, have come together to make a difference. On Mother’s Day, 2021, our Family Promise families will spend their first night in the Family Housing Center… a new era for Family Promise.
Thank you Missoula for all your support in making this a reality!
Check out how you can be involved in helping up to 31 families in Missoula to find emergency housing plus employment, permanent housing services and build skills toward success.
Topic: MIC Family Housing Center Opportunities
Tuesday, April 13, 7PM: https://iafnw.zoom.us/…/tJ0scO2rrzksHdIfaYrYdvHc9JCJtD9…
Wednesday, April 21, 7PM: https://iafnw.zoom.us/…/tJwuf-qsqT4iG9JK7GRW-w1J2nCWXv…
by Rev. Courtney D. Arntzen
Spiritual curiosity and sacred questions exist beyond our church doors among many who are situationally marginalized and/or institutionally suspicious. Where do such spiritual curiosities and sacred questions find a hearing when one is not affiliated with a faith community?
I worked closely with MIC during my years as a pastor. When I tell the story of the Missoula Community Chaplain, it starts with my connection to MIC. After leading a reflection at MIC’s celebration event of music and storytelling, I found myself hearing a different set of stories at the Top Hat while a band played on stage. I heard stories from individuals who did not know if they would be safe or welcome in a traditional faith community. Yet, they asked big questions about God, faith, and the seeming faithlessness of God’s church. They thanked me for listening and asked if we could meet again. Their request had me wondering: Who will listen to them as they wrestle with big questions? Who will nurture their spirituality? Who will come alongside them where they are? I wanted to be that person.
Not too long later, I found myself at a Welcome Back Potluck listening to stories of struggle and barriers as well as stories of hope. I wondered again about the barrier that a traditional faith community can be for many people within the Missoula Community. “Who will come alongside these people as they wrestle with questions of meaning or purpose?” I wanted to be that person.
Over the last 17 months, I have found ways to participate and be present for others. I conducted memorials through the communities of Family Promise and Crosswinds Recovery. I provided a reflective workshop for Common Ground/MIC Core Team Leaders. I offer spiritual check-ins with the women’s house of Crosswinds Recovery and regularly participate with Welcome Back. I see a handful of non-profit employees for one-on-one spiritual companionship as together we explore their spirituality and how it intersects with their life. In all of this, I get to be present with people on their spiritual quest.
Over the last year, it became increasingly urgent that accessible spiritual care for those outside a traditional faith community is needed. As a community, we work hard to manage and ensure accessibility for our physical, mental, and emotional health. In the midst of this, my observation is that many ask questions of purpose, meaning, life, and death, questions centered around what they believe about the world, humanity, and many a higher power/god/sacred other. If they do not feel safe or welcome within a community of faith, where do they go? If they don’t have a faith tradition they are familiar with, where do they begin? I hope to be an easily accessible person for those beginning their exploration of faith and spirituality.
Want to be a part of this work?
Right now, I am looking for a couple of businesses/non-profits to explore how accessible spiritual care can supplement their employee wellness plan. Please reach out if you are interested in learning more or having me speak/present to a group that you think may be interested in partnering with me.
As a start-up venture, I am also looking for financial partners to offset the cost of ensuring accessible spiritual care for the broader Missoula community.
I am grateful to extend my connection with MIC further, as MIC recently agreed to sponsor this work fiscally.
To financially support Missoula Community Chaplain’s work, please send contributions to MIC with Missoula Community Chaplain in the memo. Mail contributions to 2205 34th St. Missoula, MT 59801
Rev. Courtney D. Arntzen
Learn about Family Promise and where we are headed. Missoulian January 24, 2020