A Model For Solutions
Claremont Lincoln University is a degree-granting institution at the center of a new consortium of professional graduate schools for religious education. Under this historic new model, three founding institutions will offer professional religious and theological education in their respective traditions:
From its position at the center of the consortium, the University operates on three levels that form a comprehensive approach to sharing religious wisdom and bringing ancient and modern traditions to bear on the world's problems.
Level 1: The Affiliate Schools
The first, foundational level includes professional academies, institutes, and schools that educate religious and spiritual leaders for service to their own traditions. These institutions are designed to attract students who want to serve within their religious traditions, but need to learn in a multireligious ecology that prepares them for service in a highly diverse world. Each academy, institute, and school will maintain its individual curriculum for the specific purpose of educating religious leaders for the tradition it represents. But students can take Claremont Lincoln courses to expand their worldview.
Level 2: Claremont Lincoln University
This is the University proper, offering collaborative degree programs, courses, certificates, and online learning. It’s the place where students will deepen their understanding and respect for people with different cultural and belief systems. Initial programs focus on academic concentration such as ethics, theologies, histories and scriptures. Plus, an innovative Interreligious Studies program places Claremont Lincoln at the vanguard of this field and practice. Degree programs are offered at the masters and doctoral levels, and customized educational programs for businesses, governments, healthcare and non-profit organizations are also possible. All programs include the development of knowledge, competencies, and practices for a multireligious, multi-cultural world.
Level 3: Interdisciplinary Centers
The third level of the University focuses on research and action, where the power and moral suasion of religion is applied to society by interdisciplinary centers. These centers will examine why religions have failed to collaborate on major issues in the past, and ask how they can be successful in the future. From here they will build goal-oriented strategies and collaborations. These level 3 centers will use private and government research funding to support programs on domestic social policy, international development, conflict resolution, global peace building, ecology, sustainability, law, medicine; all areas where multireligious perspectives can improve life of many kinds.