Securing national and international media attention for the launch of the inter-religious graduate collaboration between Claremont School of Theology (CST), Bayan Claremont Islamic Graduate School, and the Academy for Jewish Religion California was one of the highlights of my life.
The program educates U.S. religious leaders in a unique graduate consortium that includes Christian ministers, Jewish rabbis, Muslim imams, and leaders from other faiths or no faiths, such as Humanist Chaplains. Each group maintains its own curriculum, but also contributes to a unique shared curriculum designed to provide broad understanding, correct misconceptions, remove suspicion, and promote mutual respect, in order to work together to heal the world. In other words, pluralism at its best.
Our 2010 “University Project” agreement was covered in an Associated Press Story that got picked up by thousands of papers throughout the world, includig USA Today, The Washington Post, and The Guardian.
The PBS NewsHour and many other media covered the actual launch in fall 2011. See also our video of the launch.
Although it's no longer associated with Claremont Lincoln, the program continues, with CST and the Jewish and Muslim grad schools continuing to collaborate at Claremont School of Theology.