The Power of a Woman (by Rev. Mary Jo Bradshaw)

Wangari Maathai, to the detriment of Kenya and the world, died last September. She was a storyteller, a scholar, a feminist, an advocate, and an environmentalist. She founded the Green Belt Movement, a nonprofit organization that has as its mission “to mobilize community consciousness –  using tree planting as an entry point – for self-determination, [Read More…]

American Muslim Yogi (by Valentia Khan)

This post is written in conjunction with the “Religion and Law in the U.S.” course dialogue project and is directed by Grace Yia-Hei Kao. Upon reflecting on the topic “What is Religion”, particularly in regards to the Malnak v. Yogi case, I thought back to my days of going through Yoga Teacher training.  It was [Read More…]

The Faith of Dag Hammarskjöld (by Kathleen McGregor)

This post is written in conjunction with the “Becoming a Public Scholar” course and is directed by Monica A. Coleman. In Becoming a Public Scholar, we have discussed what makes a public scholar, specifically, a religious public scholar. A public scholar is not only well educated, and an expert in his or her field, there [Read More…]

Do We Need More “Ministerial Exceptions”? (by Kile Jones)

This post is written in conjunction with the “Religion and Law in the U.S.” course dialogue project and is directed by Grace Yia-Hei Kao. In a recent unanimous and precedent-setting Supreme Court ruling, a “ministerial exception” was given to Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church and School regarding employment discrimination.  Cheryl Perich, a “called teacher” at Hosanna-Tabor, [Read More…]

An Author, a Comic, & a Bishop Walk into a Theology School…

Author, public theologian and CST trustee Brian McLaren joins pastor and stand-up comedienne Jane Voigts and Kenpo Karate Black Belt and Bishop Gran Hagiya to discuss: “Where is the Church going?” CST Dean Philip Clayton will be moderating for the evening. All are invited to a highly entertaining and provocative discussion of trends in American [Read More…]

The Points of Light: Healing in a Multi-faith World by Najeeba Syeed-Miller

Professor Najeeba Syeed-Miller teaches interreligious education at Claremont School of Theology and Claremont Lincoln University. She is a prolific practitioner and effective educator in the area of conflict resolution among communities of ethnic and religious diversity. Her involvements range widely, including conducting gang interventions, implementing diversity training in universities and public agencies, conflict resolution in [Read More…]

Getting Tenure, Part I: It Took a Village by Grace Yia-Hei Kao

Feminism and Religion Grace Yia-Hei Kao is Associate Professor of Ethics at Claremont School of Theology in the Claremont Lincoln University Consortium. She is the author of Grounding Human Rights in a Pluralist World (Georgetown University Press, 2011) and is working on a second book manuscript on Asian American Christian Ethics. This blog post was [Read More…]

Debating Creation with Coleman & Clayton (video)

Two CST professors of theology, Monica Coleman and Philip Clayton, recently participated in a debate about the doctrine of creatio ex nihilo (creation out of nothing) at last week’s American Academy of Religion conference in San Francisco.  They were joined by theologians Catherine Keller, Michael Lodahl, Marit Trelstad, and Richard Rice. Both CST theologians identify [Read More…]

The Future of Seminary Education

  Some of the Claremont School of Theology faculty made excellent contributions to the Patheos online symposium, “Does Seminary Have a Future?.”  This is an important topic for all seminaries to consider, and it has been an especially urgent one for CST as we recently launched Claremont Lincoln University in partnership with other religious educators.  [Read More…]

Why Support the DREAM Act by Jerry Campbell

President of Claremont School of Theology, Rev. Dr. Jerry D. Campbell is an ordained Elder of The United Methodist Church who has a long career in the administration in theological schools and higher education. He has served as head librarian for both University of Southern California and Duke University, as well as Perkins School of [Read More…]