Seminary plans cross-training with other faiths

Allie Martin - OneNewsNow - 6/10/2010 6:45:00 AM According to a Christian renewal alliance, a California seminary affiliated with the United Methodist Church is revisiting its plans to launch schools of ministry for non-Christians.

Two years ago, officials at the Claremont School of Theology (CST) set in motion its plans for "The University Project" to "rethink classical models of theological education" as part of an effort promoting "interreligious cooperation" and training leaders in a number of religious traditions such as Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, and others. One of the objectives, according to the project website, is to teach students to recognize the "legitimacy and integrity" of other religious traditions they will encounter in society.

In response, earlier this year the school was hit with an embargo on $800,000 from the United Methodist Church's Ministerial Education Fund; and also was sanctioned by the University Senate, which is concerned about CST's "proposed transformation from a school of theology to a university with schools of ministry." More: