Something pretty amazing happened out in Claremont yesterday: Claremont School of Theology announced a plan to educate not only Christian ministers but rabbis and imams too.
“Our hope is that there will be less mistrust and conflict between the religions if their future leaders interact as they pursue their education,” says Claremont President Jerry Campbell. “We want our students to learn how to cooperate across religious boundaries to diminish conflict, address major problems and begin to repair the world.”
In addition to the diverse schools of religion, the “University Project” will include programs in key academic areas including ethics, politics and society. Claremont has already received $10 million to begin funding this co-creation, and will offer some of the Project’s first classes this fall.
“Today’s young people are seriously concerned about what religious differences have been doing to create violence in the world,” says Campbell, “and we’ve had a much larger group of applicants than usual this year because of our additional fall programs. We hope our consortium becomes a new model for graduate schools that focus on religion and other aspects of society where intelligence about religious differences is imperative.”