Claremont School of Theology to Train Rabbis


$50 million gift creates interfaith school for clergy

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.

… 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.