The following report is on what is billed as the world’s first inter-religious university. I’m not sure it is actually the first, but if they want to bear the shame of holding that title, that is their business. As for me and my house, we wouldn’t touch this spiritual filth with a ten-foot pole. “Claremont Lincoln University, once a Methodist seminary, has decided to add other religious schools to its program, including most recently several Eastern religions. Tammi J. Schneider, a professor of Hebrew Bible at Claremont School of Theology at Claremont Lincoln University, said that she had a favorable opinion of Claremont’s direction. ‘I am a big fan of religious diversity,’ said Schneider, who is also dean of the School of Religion at Claremont Graduate University, unofficially affiliated with Claremont Lincoln. ‘I think people learn more about themselves and their own religion when they learn about how others do it.’ In June 2010, Claremont School of Theology’s president, the Reverend Jerry Campbell, announced the seminary will be partnering with Jewish and Islamic schools to offer training to seminarians of various faiths. In September 2011, the schools launched Claremont Lincoln University. The name was a combination of the name of the theology school and the last name of a trustee who donated $50 million to the interfaith project. By late 2011, Claremont Lincoln further expanded its interfaith campus to include Eastern religious views such as Buddhism and Jainism” (“World’s First Inter-Religious University,” Christian Post, Jan. 4, 2012).
(Friday Church News Notes, January 13, 2012, www.wayoflife.org, email@example.com, 866-295-4143)
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