A Beautiful 2013 Commencement
More than 500 people turned out on the perfect spring morning of May 21 to celebrate the 2013 Commencement of Claremont School of Theology, as well as the historic inaugural graduation ceremony of Claremont Lincoln University. Fifty-six students received diplomas for M.Div.s, M.A.s, D.Min.s, and Ph.D.s.
Claremont School of Theology awarded an honorary doctorate to renowned American theologian and United Methodist John B. Cobb., Jr., Ph.D.. A preeminent process theologian, Cobb has been a major inspiration to Claremont students, alumni/ae, and colleagues through the years, as well as to thousands of international scholars, leaders, and laypeople, especially in China.
In his acceptance speech, Dr. Cobb spoke about the historic trajectory that led Claremont School of Theology to the place where it stands today, re-imagining the future of faith, and preparing to lead vital congregations and communities in a religiously diverse world. You can read the transcript of his speech here.
Claremont Lincoln University, in turn, awarded its first honorary doctorate to Eboo Patel, Ph.D. , popular speaker, author, Rhodes Scholar, and Founding President of Interfaith Youth Core.
Dr. Patel gave the Commencement Speech for the joint celebrations on the subject of “On the Vanguard: A Celebration of Interfaith Leadership.” In it, he pointed out that diversity covers more than just religion, ethnicity, sexuality, and gender.
"The central problem interfaith work seeks to solve," said Dr. Patel, "is this: how are all of us, with our differences, to share a nation and a world together? The central task of an interfaith leader, in my view, is to help build relationships between people with profoundly different views of what is fundamental and what is just. How else do you have a diverse democracy unless people who have deep disagreements on some issues are able to work together on other issues?"
Read more the about the inaugural commencement of Claremont Lincoln University here.
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