California Seminary Pilots Groundbreaking Interfaith Training Program: News Roundup

In an effort to build respect for religious diversity, The Claremont School of Theology, which has trained Methodist ministers and theologians for nearly a hundred years, is piloting a program to cross-train future Christian, Muslim and Jewish leaders together in classrooms around southern California.

The program, which will be given in conjunction with the Academy for Jewish Religion and the Islamic Center of Southern California is believed to be the first of its kind in the country.
 
Each group will have its own curriculum as well as a shared interreligious curriculum. Out of concern that cross-training will weaken the study of students’ beliefs in their own faith, the courses will be help at separate campuses.
 
 
 
 
In our increasingly globalized world, religions can no longer exist in isolation and it’s essential that religious leaders develop an understanding of other faiths and preach tolerance to their congregations. Hopefully, Claremont’s pilot will be replicated by other theology programs around the globe.
 
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And, as we mentioned earlier in the week, our CEO & Executive Vice President, Joyce Dubensky, published an op-ed in the New York Daily News entitled, Anti-Muslim hate rides the bus: 'Leaving Islam' ads are prejudice disguised as assistance.
 
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