Claremont in the Media March-April 2013

Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 8:29PM

CST and Claremont Lincoln University, faculty, staff, student, trustees, and alumni/ae in the media during March and April 2013.

CST and Claremont Lincoln University in the News

Bob Edgar, admired and beloved former CST President from 1990 to 2000 and current head of Common Cause, passed away unexpectedly. The news was widely covered in the media, including the New York Times, a wonderful piece by UMC's Jim Winkler, as well as the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, Religion Dispatches, the Delaware Daily Times, UMC News and many local sources, including the Claremont Courier, Claremont UMC news. He was also featured in a tribute by Bill Moyers on “Moyers & Company.”

NPR’s KCRW interviewed Philip Clayton about Claremont Lincoln’s new online M.A. in Ethical Leadership, as did Patheos, in “A Master’s Degree for our Times. Cal-Nev UMC News, Cal-Pac Update, Ummah Now, and Claremont UMC News, p. 8 also featured the degree. Matthew Mengerink, eBay executive and philanthropist with the GiveLight Foundation, was the speaker for the degree’s first Gathering. He was fantastic!

CST’s new agreement with the 5th District of the AME Church was featured in the Los Angeles Sentinel, and AME Church newsletters.

CST and the Southwest Calif. Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America signed a Vision Statement for closer ties.

Cal-Pac Update, the Claremont Courier and a number of local churches ran stories about Sojourners’ Jim Wallis preaching at CST’s Chapel on April 30.

Indic Foundation’s staging of two plays raised more than $30,000 for the School of Hindu Studies at Claremont Lincoln University, with pledges of much more. The India Journal covered the event, as did India West.

Inside Higher Ed and ICSC News announced that Eboo Patel would be the commencement speaker at the Claremont Lincoln University graduation.

The Daily Bulletin featured an Interfaith Seder with CST, Claremont Lincoln University, and the Claremont and Pomona communities.

Xinhua, China’s International News Service, not only covered the 7th International Forum on Ecological Civilization, put on by the Institute for Postmodern Development of China at Claremont Lincoln University, they also mounted a Photo Exhibit in honor of the Forum at the conference venue in Claremont.

Faculty, Board Members, & Staff in the News

Duane Bidwell was quoted in CNN on “How hope can help you heal.” His OpEd "Adoption is not a 'second-best option'" appeared in Christian Century Blogs.

Bishop Minerva Carcaño was covered in Washington Post and Center for American Progress for her national work on the frontlines for immigration reform.

Jerry Campbell wrote on his experiences walking the Migrant Trail across the border in "We Are All Migrants in the End" for the UMC's Response Magazine.

NBC-TV covered Jerry Campbell, Mel Gottlieb, and Maher Hathout as they joined other interfaith leaders for a press conference to show solidarity with Muslims who were bracing for a backlash after the Boston Bombings.

Jerry Campbell, Tamar Frankiel, and Jihad Turk wrote a piece on Pope Francis for the Huffington Post. Pres. Campell also spoke at the Doha International Center for Interfaith Dialog, in Qatar.

Phillip Clayton was mentioned as one of America’s “interfaith architects” in Rev. Donald Heckman’s article on Why the “Interfaith Movement” Must Rebrand. He also spoke about Claremont Lincoln University in legislative dinners at the state capitals of Colorado and Wyoming as a guest of the Mosaic Foundation. He will speak at a Fuller Theological Seminary conference May 2-4, titled Talk of God, Talk of Science.

Monica A. Coleman delivered Vanderbilt University’s 2013 Antoinette Brown Lecture.

Andrew Dreitcer was quoted in a Sacramento Bee article on a Presbyterian Church schism.

Tamar Frankiel wrote in the Huffington Post on “The Aftermath,” a piece connecting the tragic Boston bombings to a passage in the Torah. She spoke at a Life Transitions Workshop for Women at the National Council of Jewish Women, L.A.. She is also speaking at Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills for a 3-part Scholars Series on Kabbalah and Chassidic Insights, Tuesdays, from 7-9pm, May 7, 21, and June 4.

Thom Johnson and his Covina Church were featured in the San Gabriel Valley Tribune for their Beatles tribute fundraiser to upgrade their building to solar power.

Sheryl Kujawa-Holbrook has a new book coming out in June titled Pilgrimage-The Sacred Art: Journey to the Center of the Heart (SkyLight Paths Publishing).

Cornish Rogers was interviewed on NBA TV about shooting hoops and discussions with his friend Martin Luther King, Jr.

Najeeba Syeed-Miller was quoted at length in an excellent feature on interfaith activity in the U.S. since 9/11 in the Deseret News. She also lectured at Eastern Mennonite University on "Prophetic Peacebuilding: Abrahamic Visions for Peace," and at University of Toledo on the same subject. She was on the planning committee for a new faculty initiative in interfaith understanding, with the Council of Independent Colleges and Interfaith Youth Core with support from the Henry Luce Foundation, and is speaking at the Los Angeles Gang Violence Prevention & Intervention Conference, May 6 & 7. She will speak at American Academy of Religion Summer Seminars at Georgia Tech May 29-June 30 on Theologies of Religious Pluralism. To see the full extent of her activities, please visit her new website:

Jihad Turk hosted an ICSC book talk with Naomi Schaefer Riley, author of Till Faith Do Us Part: How Interfaith Marriage is Transforming America, which looks at how the 45% of marriages in America that are interfaith are affecting interreligious dialog. Riley quoted him briefly in a NY Times OpEd she wrote on the same subject. He recently spoke at the Doha International Center for Interfaith Dialog, in Qatar, on the best practices in interfaith teacher training, citing Claremont Lincoln University as a model.

Alumni/ae in the News

Eunice Musa Iliya, Director of Evangelism, Stewardship, and Education in the UMC’s Nigeria Episcopal Area, was featured in a profile in the UMC News on Women Making History.

Rob Rynder’s City Square Church and the young crowd it is drawing were featured in Phoenix’s News for the Urban Sun Devil.

Students in the News

Hafsa Arain spoke on Women in Islam for the Coexist Series at the United Church of the Valley, Murrieta. She was also on a Women’s History Month panel at an Ontario screening of the film Nazrah: A Muslim Woman’s Perspective.

Yvonne Augustine wrote on current definitions of feminism in the Feminist Philosopher.

Kendra Fredrickson-Laouini wrote about the need to protect Tunisia’s Sufi architectural and cultural heritage for Tunisia Live.

Fernando Jara received extensive media attention from the Los Angeles Times piece on his Middle Eastern experience, including the UK Daily Mail, Bakersfield KGET TV, the Bakersfield Californian, On Islam, Capital Bay, and more.

Katherine Rand is a Visiting Luce Fellow at the Indonesian Consortium for Religious Studies.

Jennifer Yates, School Psychologist and PhD student in Practical Theology, has a chapter titled “Working with Families from Religious Fundamentalist Backgrounds,” in the new School Services Sourcebook from Oxford University Press.