News / USA

    New University Desegregates Religious Education

    California graduate school is made up of Christian, Muslim and Jewish institutions

    Claremont Lincoln University is a new graduate school made up of Christian, Muslim and Jewish institutions, which all share a common goal of desegregating theological education.
    Claremont Lincoln University is a new graduate school made up of Christian, Muslim and Jewish institutions, which all share a common goal of desegregating theological education.
    Monaliza Noormohammadi

    Located in southern California, the Claremont Lincoln University prides itself on being the first multi-religious academic institution and aspires to be a new model for theological education.

    The new school offers master's programs in interreligious studies and Muslim leadership, but it also acts as a hub for its three founding institutions - the Claremont School of Theology, the Academy for Jewish Religion, California, and the Islamic Center of Southern California.

    Students affiliated with each of these institutions may also take courses at the others.

    The Islamic school is in its beginning stages and its founders hope to incorporate an imam-training program sometime next year.

    David Lincoln, chairman of the Board of Claremont Lincoln University, and his wife, Joan, donated $50 million to see the new university come to life.

    “The religions will be promoting peace in the world and not fighting each other; in a lot of places now they fight each other, and if the religions could encourage solutions to the problems then the problems would be solved and we’d all be better off.”

    Rev. Jerry Campbell, president of the Claremont School of Theology, says this new approach will not only make America a safer place, but will also strengthen America’s democracy.

    “If we can’t love our neighbors who are not like us, if we can’t love them being who they are, how can our country hang together?" Campbells says.

    Jihad Turk, director of Religious Affairs for the Islamic Center of Southern California, believes the Claremont Lincoln University model will be particularly beneficial for Muslim-Americans.

    “It will demonstrate to the world that the United States is not on a war against the Muslim world or the Islamic faith but that there is great support from private institutions from the public at large and by the government as well that recognizes that Islam and Muslims are on the side of peace,” Turk says.

    The keynote speaker at the new school’s convocation was Ebrahim Rasool, South Africa’s Ambassador to the United States.  He is an advocate of interfaith cooperation, as a counterweight to fundamentalism.

    “Anyone can step into the breach and claim to be speaking for God and unless the middle ground is able to establish what is God’s purpose we will cede more and more ground to the fundamentalists,” Rasool says.

    And while the Claremont Lincoln University is brand new, it is already adding to the religious traditions involved.

    Earlier in the day, a ceremony celebrated a new addition - the International School of Jain Studies - which will soon offer short term exchange programs and seminars. Jain is a minority religion from India.  

    Campbell says Claremont Lincoln University is also currently in talks with the Bahai faith and he hopes to recruit more of the world’s religions.  The goal - he says - uniting people to promote religion as a source of healing, compassion and peace.

    You May Like

    Post-White House, Obamas to Rent Washington Mansion

    Nine-bedroom home is 3 kilometers from Oval Office, near capital's Embassy Row; rent estimated at around $22,000 a month

    Red Planet? Not so much!

    New research suggest that Mars is in a warm period between cyclical ice ages, and that during Ice Age Maximum over 500,000 years ago, the red planet was decidedly ice, and much whiter to the naked eye.

    Taj Mahal Battles New Threat from Insects

    Swarms of insects are proliferating in the heavily contaminated waters of the Yamuna River, which flows behind the 17th century monument

    This forum has been closed.
    Comments
         
    There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

    Featured Videos

    Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
    Vietnamese-American Youth Optimistic About Obama's Visit to Vietnami
    X
    Elizabeth Lee
    May 22, 2016 6:04 AM
    U.S. President Barack Obama's visit to Vietnam later this month comes at a time when Vietnam is seeking stronger ties with the United States. Many Vietnamese Americans, especially the younger generation, are optimistic Obama’s trip will help further reconciliation between the two former foes. Elizabeth Lee has more from the community called "Little Saigon" located south of Los Angeles.
    Video

    Video Vietnamese-American Youth Optimistic About Obama's Visit to Vietnam

    U.S. President Barack Obama's visit to Vietnam later this month comes at a time when Vietnam is seeking stronger ties with the United States. Many Vietnamese Americans, especially the younger generation, are optimistic Obama’s trip will help further reconciliation between the two former foes. Elizabeth Lee has more from the community called "Little Saigon" located south of Los Angeles.
    Video

    Video First-generation, Afghan-American Student Sets Sights on Basketball Glory

    Their parents are immigrants to the United States. They are kids who live between two worlds -- their parents' homeland and the U.S. For many of them, they feel most "American" at school. It can be tricky balancing both worlds. In this report, produced by Beth Mendelson, Arash Arabasadi tells us about one Afghan-American student who seems to be coping -- one shot at a time.
    Video

    Video Newest US Citizens, Writing the Next Great Chapter

    While universities across the United States honor their newest graduates this Friday, many immigrants in downtown Manhattan are celebrating, too. One hundred of them, representing 31 countries across four continents, graduated as U.S. citizens, joining the ranks of 680,000 others every year in New York and cities around the country.
    Video

    Video Vietnam Sees Strong Economic Growth Despite Incomplete Reforms

    Vietnam has transformed its communist economy to become one of the world's fastest-growing nations. While the reforms are incomplete, multinational corporations see a profitable future in Vietnam and have made major investments -- as VOA's Jim Randle reports.
    Video

    Video Qatar Denies World Cup Corruption

    The head of Qatar’s organizing committee for the 2022 World Cup insists his country's bid to host the soccer tournament was completely clean, despite the corruption scandals that have rocked the sport’s governing body, FIFA. Hassan Al-Thawadi also said new laws would offer protection to migrants working on World Cup construction projects. VOA's Henry Ridgwell reports.
    Video

    Video Infrastructure Funding Puts Cambodia on Front Line of International Politics

    When leaders of the world’s seven most developed economies meet in Japan next week, demands for infrastructure investment world wide will be high on the agenda. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s push for “quality infrastructure investment” throughout Asia has been widely viewed as a counter to the rise of Chinese investment flooding into region.
    Video

    Video Democrats Fear Party Unity a Casualty in Clinton-Sanders Battle

    Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton claimed a narrow victory in Tuesday's Kentucky primary even as rival Bernie Sanders won in Oregon. Tensions between the two campaigns are rising, prompting fears that the party will have a difficult time unifying to face the presumptive Republican nominee, Donald Trump. VOA national correspondent Jim Malone has more from Washington.
    Video

    Video Portrait of a Transgender Marriage: Husband and Wife Navigate New Roles

    As controversy continues in North Carolina over the use of public bathrooms by transgender individuals, personal struggles with gender identity that were once secret are now coming to light. VOA’s Tina Trinh explored the ramifications for one couple as part of trans.formation, a series of stories on transgender issues.
    Video

    Video Amerikan Hero Flips Stereotype of Middle Eastern Character

    An Iranian American comedian is hoping to connect with American audiences through a film that inverts some of Hollywood's stereotypes about Middle Eastern characters. Sama Dizayee reports.
    Video

    Video Budding Young Inventors Tackle City's Problems with 3-D Printing

    Every city has problems, and local officials and politicians are often frustrated by their inability to solve them. But surprising solutions can come from unexpected places. Students in Baltimore. Maryland, took up the challenge to solve problems they identified in their city, and came up with projects and products to make a difference. VOA's June Soh has more on a digital fabrication competition primarily focused on 3-D design and printing. Carol Pearson narrates.

    Special Report

    Adrift The Invisible African Diaspora