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The Parliament Newsletter

Launching Claremont Lincoln University

A Watershed Moment in
Theological Education

by Paul Chaffee

On September 6, 2011, Claremont School of Theology, a distinguished United Methodist seminary with roots back to 1885, joined in partnership with The Academy for Jewish Religion, California, and the Islamic Center of Southern California/Bayan College. Together, they and a number of other affiliates have joined to create Claremont Lincoln University (CLU), an institution like none other.

Training imams, pastors, and rabbis will be a core goal at CLU. Seminarians will have separate curricula and degree programs for clergy formation, part of a larger set of offerings and degree options focused on the interdisciplinary, intercultural, and multireligious needs of the world in the 21st century.

Others have helped open the door to interreligious collaboration. In the United States, Harvard University, Hartford Seminary in Connecticut, Auburn Theological Seminary in New York City, and Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley have been pioneers in multireligious higher education. Similar programs are brewing in other seminaries, and the Association of Theological Schools is paying attention. But CLU is the first fully accredited school in America for preparing imams – and having the three primary Abrahamic traditions training clergy in a shared environment is unprecedented.

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Has Religion Driven Us Apart or Drawn Us Together?
by Paul Brandeis Raushenbush

Two religious responses from the days immediately following the attacks of 9/11 demonstrate how religion has been both a divisive and unifying force in America over the last ten years.


Four Ways 9/11 Changed America's Attitude Toward Religion
by John Blake, CNN

David O'Brien couldn't help himself. After the September 11 terrorist attacks, he became obsessed.

O'Brien read the stories of 9/11 victims over and over, stunned by what he was discovering.

  Trustee Corner
Acknowledging Our Theological Need for Each Other
Anantanand Rambachan by Anantanand Rambachan
CPWR Trustee

Our world has always been characterized by religious diversity, both across and within religious traditions. We have held different beliefs about the absolute, described it differently, and adopted a variety of ways and practices for attaining life’s ultimate goal. What is new about our religious diversity is the fact that it is rapidly becoming a feature of the landscape of many societies where a single tradition was predominant. Our awareness of other religions has never been as great as it is today. We are growing also in the realization, some more slowly than others, that this diversity is here to stay. The world's religions have emerged from colonialism with a renewed sense of purpose and universal relevance.

After 9/11: A Rabbi, Pastor, and Imam Join Hands to Oppose Extremism
by Rabbi Ted Falcon, Pastor Don Mackenzie, and Imam Jamal Rahman

Most of us remember all too clearly exactly what we were doing on the morning of September 11, 2001. We remember because those hours changed us forever.

  Intolerance Ends with Me
Join our partners at URI in taking the pledge:

I ENVISION a world where all people are valued and their differences respected.

I PLEDGE to take one action every day in September to promote respect for diversity and make my community a place where everyone is welcome.

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