22 August 2010

Training Pastors, Rabbis, and Imams at the Same School

An interesting experiment at Claremont School of Theology to train pastors, rabbis and imams within the same educational setting. It would be really interesting to see how it works out.

Training Pastors, Rabbis, and Imams at the Same School (Time.com)

Excerpt:

When Jerry Campbell became president of California's renowned Claremont School of Theology four years ago, low enrollment and in-the-red books threatened to close the 125-year-old institution. But since Claremont is the only United Methodist seminary west of Denver, Campbell resolved to find a way to stay open.

Drawing from classic American entrepreneurial wisdom — when faced with extinction, innovate — and a commitment to engage today's multi-faith culture, this fall Claremont will commence a first on U.S. soil: a "theological university" to train future pastors, imams, and rabbis under one roof. The experiment to end isolated clerical training brings together Claremont, the Islamic Center of Southern California (ICSC) and the Academy for Jewish Religion California. The hope of officials at all three organizations is that when leaders study their own religious traditions together alongside friends of other faiths, they will develop the respect and wisdom necessary to transform America's fractured religious outlook.
Link: Training Pastors, Rabbis, and Imams at the Same School (Time.com)


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