The Academy for Jewish Religion, California, is a transdenominational, pluralistic institution dedicated to training rabbis, cantors, and chaplains. An intellectually rigorous institution, its faculty welcomes the opportunity to be part of the widest possible partnerships among other faiths and traditions.
The Islamic Center of Southern California, the oldest and largest mosque in the Los Angeles area, is establishing a new institution -- Bayan Claremont, An Islamic Graduate School of Claremont Lincoln University. Rooted in a commitment to civic participation and interfaith partnerships, the new institution will be the first significant program in the United States for training imams to lead Muslim communities in North America and beyond.
Claremont School of Theology, the convening partner of the new university, comes from a long tradition of crossing boundaries in seminary education. From the beginning the School embraced the California ethos by being open to new ideas and taking on tough issues. From liberation and feminist theologies to social justice issues, such as civil and sexual rights, Claremont’s faculty members have spoken out early and forcefully. Claremont has consistently turned outward to meet human needs—even when that has meant a dramatic re-imagining of mission and programs.
In Fall, 2012, Claremont Lincoln University and the Nalanda Confluence Institute, along with the Indic Foundation, the Dharma Civilization Foundation, and other funders, signed an agreement to establish an accredited graduate program in Hindu Studies at Claremont. The new program will eventually offer graduate degrees in areas such as Hindu Studies, Hindu Clinical Pastoral Chaplaincy, and Hindu Theology/Philosophy, as well as academic concentrations in Hindu Contemplative, Yogic, and Consciousness Studies; Applied Dharma; and other initiatives in partnership with Hindu spiritual institutions and community organizations.
In 2011, Claremont Lincoln University launched its Jain Studies program, partnering with the International School for Jain Studies (ISJS), and JAINA, the Federation of Jain Associations in North America. We are also building a vital connection with the Jain Center of Southern California. This unique program offers an Applied Jainism course each fall and a Jain Dharma course each Spring. Additionally, the Jain Studies program will host an International Jain Conference each August, and offer awards for students to study Jainism in India each summer. The goal is to eventually welcome the Jain tradition as one of the core members of the Claremont Lincoln consortium.
In 2013, Claremont Lincoln University launched The Center for Sikh Studies. The Center will raise awareness, recognition, and understanding of Sikhism - the 5th largest religion in the world, and provide a site for meaningful interreligious dialogue. The need for creating further awareness about Sikhism in America was envisioned by Dr. H. Sahota, a world-renowned cardiologist, and Harry Sidhu, Orange County Water District Director and Former Anaheim Mayor Pro Tem. The Center hopes to eventually offer an accredited M.A. in Sikh Studies and provide educational resources to the Sikh community and those wanting to learn more about Sikhism.
University of the West (UWest)
Claremont Lincoln University and University of the West have announced a commitment to collaborate. Beginning in the Fall of 2012, each institution’s graduate students will be able to take courses at either university for academic credit. University of the West is a Buddhist-founded university in Los Angeles County that is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). In addition to its undergraduate degrees, it offers a number of graduate degrees in business and psychology, as well as a Master of Divinity in Buddhist Chaplaincy, and masters and doctor’s degrees in Religious Studies, with Buddhist and/or Comparative Religions concentrations. Learn more about UWest.
Other Affiliated Organizations
We recognize a number of other organizations as sharing in the mission of Claremont Lincoln University or as partnering in common projects. These are organizations with which we have official working relationships or have begun discussions aimed at building closer collaborations. We acknowledge them as allies and recommend them to our friends:
- Council for a Parliament of the World's Religions
- Doha International Center for Interfaith Dialog (Qatar)
- The Guibord Center
- Harbin Institute of Technology (China)
- Institute for Religious Tolerance, Peace & Justice
- International Islamic University Malaysia
- Islamic Society of North America
- Odyssey Networks
- Pacifica Institute
- Spirituality & Practice