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Claremont School of Theology Given $50 Million for Interfaith Claremont Lincoln University

Claremont School of Theology Given $50 Million for Interfaith Claremont Lincoln University

Claremont School of Theology Given $50 Million for Interfaith Claremont Lincoln University

$50 million gift creates interfaith school for clergy
by Ryan E. Smith

May 16, 2011 in the Jewish Journal

Three regional religious institutions are taking the next big step in a unique partnership to teach Christian, Jewish and Muslim spiritual leaders, thanks to a historic $50 million gift.

Claremont School of Theology on Monday announced the donation from philanthropists David and Joan Lincoln — the largest in the school’s history — which will establish Claremont Lincoln University. In a cooperative effort with the Academy for Jewish Religion, California (AJR, CA) and the Islamic Center of Southern California, it will include a consortium of professional graduate schools for religious education.

The seeds of the project were made public last year with the announcement that the Lincolns pledged $10 million towards what was then called the “University Project.” Now the Lincolns, an Arizona couple whose family fortune was built on arc welding and electric motor inventions in the early 1900s, are adding $40 million so that future religious leaders from different faiths have opportunities to study side by side.

“Joan and I are particularly pleased with the idea of creating a multi-faith university that reflects the power and potential of the ‘Golden Rule,’ which the many faith communities have in common,” David Lincoln, a member of the Claremont board of trustees, said in a statement.

“We believe the outcome of this kind of education will be tolerance and respect among religions and the ability to better address global problems where religious cooperation and cooperating are needed to reach solutions and repair the world.”

Each participating institution will contribute to the curriculum at Claremont Lincoln, which will offer such graduate programs as interreligious studies, comparative religions, and conflict resolution. The aim is to add other religious traditions in the future.

Students pursuing ordination will continue to receive that training from their home institution, but there will be opportunities to take courses with students of other faiths, officials said.

Claremont Lincoln’s programming is slated to begin this fall. It will be a welcome addition for Rabbi Mel Gottlieb, president and dean of AJR, CA, whose students currently have only one world religions course available to them. The academy is a transdenominational educator of rabbis, cantors, and chaplains.

“We felt that in the 21st century … it would behoove them to know about other religions as well because we live in an interconnected world,” he said.

The purpose of Lincoln University is to do even more than add depth to the education of future spiritual leaders. It is a recognition that the entire model needs to change, according to the Rev. Jerry D. Campbell, president of Claremont Theological College, which offers clerical training as an ecumenical institution of the United Methodist Church.

“The board of trustees and the faculty were troubled in the fact that a high percentage of the American population associated the idea of religion with conflict,” he said. “We decided as an institution that we would try to look at how we might reduce religion as a cause of conflict and kind of reconstruct it as a source of peace and harmony.”

He continued: “This is, I think, an experiment the world ought to watch.”

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May 16, 2011

$50 million gift creates interfaith school for clergy

Claremont School of Theology Given $50 Million for Interfaith Claremont Lincoln University

May 16, 2011

$50 million gift creates interfaith school for clergy
by Ryan E. Smith

http://www.jewishjournal.com/education/article/50_million_gift_creates_interfaith_school_for_clergy_20110516/


Three regional religious institutions are taking the next big step in a unique partnership to teach Christian, Jewish and Muslim spiritual leaders, thanks to a historic $50 million gift.

Claremont School of Theology on Monday announced the donation from philanthropists David and Joan Lincoln — the largest in the school’s history — which will establish Claremont Lincoln University. In a cooperative effort with the Academy for Jewish Religion, California (AJR, CA) and the Islamic Center of Southern California, it will include a consortium of professional graduate schools for religious education.

The seeds of the project were made public last year with the announcement that the Lincolns pledged $10 million towards what was then called the “University Project.” Now the Lincolns, an Arizona couple whose family fortune was built on arc welding and electric motor inventions in the early 1900s, are adding $40 million so that future religious leaders from different faiths have opportunities to study side by side.

“Joan and I are particularly pleased with the idea of creating a multi-faith university that reflects the power and potential of the ‘Golden Rule,’ which the many faith communities have in common,” David Lincoln, a member of the Claremont board of trustees, said in a statement.

“We believe the outcome of this kind of education will be tolerance and respect among religions and the ability to better address global problems where religious cooperation and cooperating are needed to reach solutions and repair the world.”

Each participating institution will contribute to the curriculum at Claremont Lincoln, which will offer such graduate programs as interreligious studies, comparative religions, and conflict resolution. The aim is to add other religious traditions in the future.

Students pursuing ordination will continue to receive that training from their home institution, but there will be opportunities to take courses with students of other faiths, officials said.

Claremont Lincoln’s programming is slated to begin this fall. It will be a welcome addition for Rabbi Mel Gottlieb, president and dean of AJR, CA, whose students currently have only one world religions course available to them. The academy is a transdenominational educator of rabbis, cantors, and chaplains.

“We felt that in the 21st century … it would behoove them to know about other religions as well because we live in an interconnected world,” he said.

The purpose of Lincoln University is to do even more than add depth to the education of future spiritual leaders. It is a recognition that the entire model needs to change, according to the Rev. Jerry D. Campbell, president of Claremont Theological College, which offers clerical training as an ecumenical institution of the United Methodist Church.

“The board of trustees and the faculty were troubled in the fact that a high percentage of the American population associated the idea of religion with conflict,” he said. “We decided as an institution that we would try to look at how we might reduce religion as a cause of conflict and kind of reconstruct it as a source of peace and harmony.”

He continued: “This is, I think, an experiment the world ought to watch.”


3 comments (Add your own)

1. yaani drucker wrote:
Hi, back when I was in college, I looked for classes that would give me answers to life's deepest questions - Who am I? Why am I here? Who or what is God? Does the heart wrenching suffering we find to be part of mankind's experience have anything to do with God and God's will for us? If so why? If not, what can be done to come into alignment with God's plan ostensibly free of suffering?

It was after university that I embarked on a path toward enlightenment where all my questions were answered. The answers brought me back to my Christian roots, but surprisingly none of what I discovered to be TRUTH, which could find support in the Bible was properly presented either in church or in the private Christian school I attended, or in the Bible study or Catechism classes we were required to attend. I believe that religion, any religion, can lead to enlightenment, however most well-intentioned offerings, fall far short. I hope you pursue not only peace and respect among the differing religions, but also the true objective of all religions and spiritual paths. Until enlightenment is your purpose, you have not found your true purpose. Why not settle for nothing less? Isn't it time to teach a course on enlightenment? I offer such a course on my web site. You are welcome to use it absolutely free of charge. I am available to share my experiences with you at no cost for it is my passion to see the end of suffering on the planet. I pray for this night and day, willing to go anywhere, do anything... blessings and love, Yaani

Tue, October 25, 2011 @ 6:25 PM

2. Ned Zimmerman wrote:
All religions do something terrable to God. This has purpose to it. To claim interfaith anything is somewhat reaching for compramises. My Methodist faith still follows ungodlt practises. Saturday is the sabbath, not Sunday. Friday sunset to Saturday sunset period. They (3rd century church) changed it to separate from the Jew. Stupid, to turn away from those closest to God himself. The Jewish crucified Jesus, because he exposed the powerful to their man-made traditions and hypocracy. They would have lost power and got rid of him. If the Jewish kept the knowledge of the Christ with them they would know they should embrace their persicutions. After all, will God NOT reward them for what they take for his sake? The Muslums, oh geez. That is religion by force. That profit, from just one dream claimed to know God greater than anyone. If you read the story of his crusade you either became Islamic or suffer the pain of death by sword. After this, the nations that are Islamic require a tax for non-islam's because you are 2nd class citizens privlidged to live under Islam. If you read enough of this you clearly see he is calling Jesus a liar, not the Son of God. Not any more than the other profits. That means everything Jesus said is nothing. Ican clearly see the point that maybe you do not. Listen, BECAUSE NO MAN IS RIGHTIOUS ON THIS EARTH--NO NOT EVEN ONE, THEN SO TOO NO RELIGION IS RIGHTIOUS BECAUSE THIS IS MAN REACHING FOR GOD. CHRISTIANITY WAS AND IS GOD REACHING FOR MAN. How can Christians allow themselves to believe that tolerating liberal non-sense Even moreso in these end times. This country is leading the world to complete moral decay. The disunity this will cause will ite us all. Look at it everyday, the activists and media showing immoral behaviors as normal. This goes on and YOU, you sit there. Evil blossums well while good men do nothing. Oh yes do tell, as you brag about your expansion, which one rules? Is budda biggger than sheba? Or what about the asian gods like the Japan confushus? Are they powerful as God? Or wait, I'm sorry.... I guess one false gods as good as another right? Did I offend you? Too bad. As you throw out all things Holy to accept tolerance to popularise yourself with people, tell me, what reward will God give you for that? NONE, you have forsaken Him to keep yourself from persecution didn't you? God told us "You are to forgive but you are not to tolerate", didn't He? So, what happened? Because your "University" was out of students, you sold out. Or did you just want to be powerful like the scibes and pharisees? I hope you can see how what you are doing has no good outcome to it. You better start thinking about your own soul quick. Because He is coming soon, real soon. Why aren't you prepareing students to save as many people as you can right now? Now THERE'S a reward, you think? God is in EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING! So, if he has you doing this stop to think about this: Weren't you really trying to save your power and position? Are you really certain this is what He wants? What makes you think this? If you already know the Jew inherites the city of Jerusalem and we are the gentile outside, in the new world, why are you concerned with your power here, and not doing what you can to clarify these things, to those Jesus wants you to show? There are those people looking for answers. To set for yourself great reward instead of the short-sighted pursuit of current vanity now? Oh yeah you do know Islam is 1 right? They are gonna kill every one of you when their time is declared. They would have stopped that terror along time ago if they wanted to. What you gonna do when they come for you......bad boys bad boys, what ya gonna do when they come for you.

Wed, October 26, 2011 @ 3:13 AM

3. Ndacch wrote:
As an atheist, I can enter into the sriipt of this, if not the word & although I can see that many people may need something in their lives that is covered by Faith , its not for me personally. butI do read books from authors who believe in one faith or another, so can I count Shuzaku Endo (Catholic).Congrats on the nominations, well deserved.

Sun, October 14, 2012 @ 1:40 PM

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