Claremont in the Media Oct.-Dec., 2012


Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at 10:15PM

Faculty, Staff, & Trustees in the Media, Oct.-Dec. 2012

Rich Amesbury reflected on how Hurricane Sandy "ripped the facade off two large problems that had received little to no attention in the Presidential debates - poverty and climate change,” in Immanent Frame. Congratulations to Rich on his new position as Professor of Theological Ethics at University of Zurich beginning in January – we will miss you!

Jon Berquist, visiting professor of Hebrew Bible and president of Disciples Seminary Foundation, has a new book out: Berquist and Hunts, eds., Focusing Biblical Studies: The Crucial Nature of the Persian and Hellenistic Periods.

Jerry Campbell’s Help Wanted: Seminary President of the Future piece was featured in the UM Reporter. The CST and Claremont Lincoln Presidential Searches continue.

Philip Clayton was featured on KCRW’s One Thing series looking back at 2012 in different areas – his subject: “Faith.” KCRW also featured his comments in the year-end email to all their members entitled 5 Big Things in 2012! His Religion News Service piece, Skeptics are the new religious, was also picked up by the Washington Post and by Sojourners and other media. He was the speaker for the Faith & Reason series at Furman University, SC. . He also spoke at ICSC’s conference on Science and Religion: Faith vs. Materialism. Clayton and Zhihe Wang, head of the C4PS China Project, received major attention in the Chinese media this summer as they arranged cooperative agreements between Claremont Lincoln and several Chinese Universities. He also delivered the inaugural lecture for UC Irvine’s Distinguished Speakers series.

Monica A. Coleman spoke at All Saints Church, Pasadena’s Rector’s Forum on “Wrestling with God and Depression,” and wrote a wrote a 4-part series for Patheos on Advent through the eyes of pregnancy Pregnant Waiting, Accepting, Journeying, and Birthing; as well as a Huffington Post piece entitled, “Losing Faith, Finding Hope: A Journey with Depression.”

Coleman, Lincoln Galloway, and Marjorie Suchocki have essays in the new book: Preaching God’s Transforming Justice: A Lectionary Commentary, Year C, which Jon Berquist also helped launch. It would be a great gift to the preachers you know and love!

Andy Dreitcer explained the Science of Rituals in Spirituality & Health Magazine. He is also co-leading a workshop with James Baraz in San Rafael on Jan. 13, entitled Compassion and Joy from Christian and Buddhist Perspectives. Be sure to read about the incredible work of Frank Rogers and Dreitcer’s Center for Engaged Compassion in L.A. prisons, San Quentin, and their Way of Radical Compassion conference.

Visiting professor Bruce Epperly writes The Adventurous Lectionary series for Patheos. Some sample Sundays: Oct. 14, Nov. 30, and Jan. 6.

Jack Jackson wrote on Evangelism with the Never-Churched for UMC’s Circuit Rider Magazine. He was also featured in the UMC’s Forward Magazine (Foundation for Evangelism) for his work at our Center for Global Methodism He also led a group of students, sponsored by CST's Center for Global Methodism, to the UMC Leadership Institute at the Church of the Resurrection near Kansas City, where his class learned about the largest congregation in United Methodism. Jack Jackson and trustee Patricia Farris wrote pieces for the United Methodist Reporter on future directions for the UMC in the context of LGBT issues.

Trustee & alumnus Steve Horswill-Johnston’s Chuck Knows Church YouTube videos are a fun & informative UMC web series.

Grace Kao has a chapter entitled "Exploring The Korean First Birthday Celebration” in the book Religious Ethics in a Time of Globalism.

Sheryl Kujawa-Holbrook presented "Interreligious Sacred Spaces as a Means of Dialogue and Reflection: Some Lessons from the U.S. Experience," and served on response panels at the Second International Conference on Interreligious Relations and Ecumenical Issues in Bern Switzerland. Kujawa-Holbrook, Olga Bluman, & Aziza Hasan co-wrote Interfaith Curriculum for Peacemaking to draw on the resources within the Abrahamic traditions to make peace. It’s an excellent sourcebook for mosques, churches, synagogues, and schools.

Sam Lee and a group of CST students are teaching healthy relationship and communication skills through The Clinebell Institute to local high schools, a homeless shelter, and a halfway house, made possible by a grant from California Healthy Relationships.

Trusteee Brian McLaren spoke on Christian Identity in a Multi-Faith World at an All Saints Church Forum, as well as at CST in a well-attended private pizza party for students, faculty, and staff – a truly wonderful evening!

C.S. (Claudia) Pearce’s Los Angeles Times OpEd - The Christian Case for Gay Marriage –received more than 4,000 FB Recommends and comments, and was picked up in several other media. The Times also asked for a“Postscript” to address a typical letter to the editor. The Advocate ran a story on her book, This We Believe: The Christian Case for Gay Civil Rights. The Washington Post, Salt Lake Tribune, Washington State Black Christian News, and other media ran her Religious News Service commentary on gay marriage and the elections.

Helene Slessarev-Jamir and Marjorie Suchocki spoke at First UMC Pasadena’s Change the World series.

Marvin Sweeney spoke out against unjust termination proceedings for one of his colleagues at Emmanuel Christian Seminary in the Excavator.

Evangelical Leader Bob Roberts featured Najeeba Syeed-Miller and her peace-making conference plenary on his Bold as Love website (scroll down). The conference was also featured in The American Muslim’s list of top good stories about Muslims for 2012, and the opening plenary is on YouTube. Syeed-Miller was part of Agape’s international webcast on Birthing a New Era, and will be keynoting the Chapman University Student Multi-faith Leadership Conference on Feb. 16, and was one of the presenters for the Dot2Dot Summit in NY City, where some of the country’s most powerful young leaders gather for inspiration, challenge, and action. She spoke with Susan Thistlewaite on “Actual Peacemaking” at an All Saints Church forum. She did a lecture at USC on "Prophetic Wisdoms for Peace: Five Essential Muslim Practices for Non Violence.” Her latest Huffington Posts include: The Power of Healing in Interfaith Relations, Ten Pieces of Advice for Young Muslim Women, Hajj and the Journey of a Peacemaker. She and Claremont Lincoln University were featured in Social Innovation Faith Networks – eJewish Philanthopy.

Jihad Turk was featured on NPR in a story entitled Newtown Tragedy: Would a Good God Allow Such Evil?. He was also one of the “Three Voices of Faith” at a service with Dr. Colglazier and Rabbi Shapiro, moderated by NPR’s Karen Grigsby Bates, at First Congregational Church, L.A.

Our Faculty & several PhD Students made an impressive showing at the annual Academy for American Religion and Society of Biblical Literature meetings this year.

Alumni/ae in the Media

UMC pastors Jeff Procter-Murphy (DMin ’89) and David Felten’s Living the Questions website for their book of the same name features wonderful weekly quotes including these by Philip Clayton on Horizontal Transcendence and CST Trustee Brian McLaren on Exorcising the Military Option.

UCC minister and executive director of Desert Manna, Sheri Randolph (M.Div. 2003) was profiled in Barstow’s Desert Dispatch.

The Center for American Progress interviewed CST alumna and Prof. of Religion at Illinois College, Caryn Riswold.

Maj. Sarah Shirley (’96) was a panelist at The Hero Summit, speaking movingly about PTSD with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer.

Don’t forget to send in your Distinguished Alumnus/a Nominations by January 15!

Students in the Media

M.A. student Edward Anderson wrote on “Racism and Pluralism: Two Sides of an American Coin” for State of Formation.

M.A. Student Abigail Barash was selected as a fellow with New Ground: A Muslim-Jewish Partnership for Change.

The Center for Jain Studies Project Director and PhD student Matthew Fisher received an American Academy of Religion grant for $5,000 to pursue a research project on Ahimsa, Jains, and the 1947 Partition of India and Pakistan.

Ph.D. student Tripp Fuller interviewed Prof. Ted Jennings of Chicago Theological Seminary on Advent for Patheos.

Kile Jones was chosen to be Coordinator for a week-long Interfaith Seminarians Project between Claremont Lincoln University and the Chautauqua Institution, which means he will be spending a week in July at the beautiful Chautauqua retreat center in upstate NY. He oversaw the third issue of Claremont Journal of Religion, which just came out on the subject of Political Theology, with an introduction by Rich Amesbury. Congratulations to all the excellent contributors!

Ph.D. student Bhikshuni Lozang Trinlae spoke at Perkins School of Theology with the Memnosyne Foundation and State of Formation on "Practical Theology for Community Service: Building Effective Inter-religious Coalitions.”

Ph.D. student Bo Sanders wrote a reflection on seminaries and CST in Home Brewed Christianity.

Other News

Claremont Lincoln’s Center for Jain Studies (CJS) just published its first newsletter by CJS Coordinator Lidiya PotapenkoThe Inaugural Year in Retrospect Congratulations to CJS on a stupendous first year!

Parliament of the World’s Religions ran a story about our interfaith event in October sponsored by the Aurthur Vining Davis Foundations.

Claremont Port Side ran a story entitled “Can there be peace in a religious world? about the Muslim Peacebuilding Conference at Claremont Lincoln.

Various India media published follow-up stories for August’s bioethics conference (Institute of Jainology) and the opening of the Center for Jain Studies (India Journal and India West).

Boston University’s Center for the Study of Asia featured Claremont Lincoln’s Jain Studies Program in India.

UMC media including Cal-Pac Update and Cal-Nevada News have been featuring Revelence X, with CST as the co-sponsor. Cal-Pac Update also featured our upcoming Ecumenical Native American Dialogue at CST on Jan. 23, 2013.

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