Claremont in the Media, July and August 2013

Wednesday, September 4, 2013 at 10:50AM

Claremont in the Media July-August 2013

Mark Your Calendars for these Coming Events:

Today, Sept. 4, 7-9pm Out!Loud! Documentary on being LGBT in India, followed by reception and discussion, Mudd Theater. Free.

Sept.9-Oct.4 Science & Religion with Philip Clayton - 6 Mondays - live in Butler 201 (Mondays 10-11:30am) or online through $30 - Register at

Sept. 11 CST-Claremont Lincoln Convocation, 4:15 p.m., Mudd Theater, followed by light reception. CST President Jeffrey Kuan speaks.

Oct. 1, 5-7 p.m. CLU’s first annual Ahimsa Award will go to Gurudev Shri Chitrabhanuji and Mrs. Pramodaben Chitrabhanu. Please note that it has been rescheduled for a gala celebration on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. instead of here. Claremont Lincoln will reschedule its Ahimsa Day events for a yet-to-be-announced day, later in October.

Oct.10 Admissions Deadline for the next M.A. in Ethical Leadership cohort. The third Gathering happens Oct.11.

Oct. 23 Inauguration of the Rev. Dr. Jeffrey Kuan as 7th President of Claremont School of Theology. Public lecture at 2pm in Mudd Theater, speaker to be announced, Inauguration Ceremony at 4pm on the Chapel Lawn. Reception to follow ceremony in Haddon and Klein patio.

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In the Media

The International Jain Conference on Women’s Perspectives in the Dharma Traditions and Beyond received major media coverage. It was a big part of the Associated Press story on Jains in America, that was picked up by hundreds of media outlets, including NPR, the San Jose Mercury News, Big Story, Minneapolis Star Tribune,, and so on. The Claremont Courier also ran an excellent story, as did the Worldwide Network of Jains, All Events, the Muslim Public Affairs Council, and many more media outlets.

The conference's first Keynoter, Masum Momaya of The Smithsonian, delivered an excellent lecture on how women in various religions challenge the Fundamentalist Interpretations of their religions that are used to classify them as inferior. You can hear her here, and the other admirable keynoters and presenters in the Jain Conference videos at our video center.

India West and India Journal ran stories about the good news that the Chitrabhanus would receive Claremont Lincoln University’s first annual Ahimsa Award. Many other media outlets also reported the story, including Here Now 4 U, D.C. DESI, Jains of Montreal


Philip Clayton joins national church leaders and pundits in the new Painting the Stars series from Living the Questions. His Science & Religion series that begins 9/9 has received coverage from: CA-NV Conference News, Cal-Pac News, Cal-Pac Educational Opportunities, UCC’s Connecting Voices, Learn, and more. Clayton also keynoted for the UMC’s Transforming Ministry II conference, which inspired this Hacking Christianity piece.

Monica A. Coleman wrote on infant faith formation for the Patheos Passing on the Faith series. She also wrote “If #BlackTwitter went to church” for the Center for Pastoral Excellence New Media Project, and “Trayvon Martin: a Case Study for Church Response to Mental Illness” for the Beautiful Mind Blog. She was also a guest on Huffington Post Live, speaking on the TN case where a judge would not allow a family to name their son “Messiah.” Ph.D. student Drew Baker also addressed this case in his blog, Second Gen Buddhist.

Barnstable News announces that Claremont Adjunct and process theologian Bruce Epperly is the new pastor of South Congregational Church in Centerville, Mass.

AJRCA President Tamar Frankiel wrote an excellent piece on Rosh Hashanah and moral choice, titled Birthday of the World for her Huffington Post column.

Grace Yia-Hei Kao wrote about the violence in our culture for Feminism and Religion.

Brian McLaren, CST Trustee wrote about the tragedy of “the two Americas,” after the Trayvon Martin verdict in Patheos.

Frank Rogers & Mark Yaconelli wrote “Is It Harmful to Tell People to Love Their Enemies If You Never Teach Them How?” for Red-Letter Christians. Rogers also led a training session for Internal Family Systems at San Gabriel’s Church of Our Savior. Yaconelli also wrote a column for the Patheos Passing on the Faith series, titled “Less Talk, More Action.”

Marvin A. Sweeney has recently published his new commentary on Ezekiel, Reading Ezekiel: A Literary and Theological Commentary (Reading the OT; Macon, Ga.: Smyth and Helwys, 2013). He is co-editor of The Cambridge HIstory of Religions in the Ancient World: Volume I. From the Bronze Age to the Hellenistic Age (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013). He wrote the article on "Ancient Israelite and Judean Religions" for the volume. Sweeney also presented a paper, "Is the Conditional Covenant Really Conditional?" as part of a panel discussion on Jewish Biblical Theology at the Sixteenth World Congress for Jewish Studies, Jerusalem, Israel, July 28-August 1, 2013.

Najeeba Syeed-Miller has a chapter on Muslim women’s use of social media and spiritual formation in the new book, Formation for Life: Just Peacemaking and Twenty-First-Century Discipleship, Edited by Stassen, Peterson, and Norton. She was one of the speakers for ISNA’s (Islamic Society of North America’s) monumental 50th Annual Convention. She spoke on "Developing Healthy Interfaith Collaborations" as part of a panel on Overcoming Paradigms of Hate. She will be speaking on “A Humane Approach to Justice from a Muslim Perspective” at Pepperdine University’s annual Nootbaar Institute on Law, Religion and Ethics from Feb. 7-8, 2014.She will also give the Hardt-Nickachos Lecture in Peace Studies at Arizona State University’s Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict on Sept. 26. She wrote “On the pain of mothers” after the Trayvon Martin verdict for altmuslimah. She also blogged on Ramadan and the Lessons of Time.

Jihad Turk gave a Qur'anic reflection at the Islamic Center of Southern California on last Friday of Ramadan. He and Andrew Dreitcer met with a delegation from Burma, sponsored by the State Department, that wanted to learn of American examples of “Tolerance and Diversity in Multiethnic Society.”


Reason TV featured Rick Hoyt (MDiv 1998), pastor of First Unitarian Church of Los Angeles, for leading his church and 19 other organizations to sue the NSA for first, fourth, and fifth ammendment violations. He says the NSA’s actions harken back to the McCarthy era.

Congratulations to Yong Jai Jun (MDiv & DMin 1984), Sr. Pastor of Holy Flames Methodist Church in Korea, who was elected President of Korean Methodist Bishop's Council!

Gary M. Keene (MDiv 1982) recently became the new senior pastor at Camarillo United Methodist Church after serving at Cal-Pac full-time since 2003 in a variety of capacities including directing communications. His appointment was featured in The Camarillo Acorn.

Saúl Montiel (MDiv 2007) and his work were featured in a UMC story and video about feeding bodies and souls at the border.

Caryn Riswold (MATS 1995) wrote on “Fall Back Into School – Your Reading List” for her latest “feminismxianity” column in Patheos

The untimely, tragic death of our dear alumnus Rev. Dr. Jeffrey Thomas, from a heart attack at 49 was covered in many places, including Georgia’s WJBF News Channel 6, The Augusta Chronicle, The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education, and numerous memorial services were held in Claremont, Georgia, and perhaps most touchingly, his former Skid Row Church in Los Angeles, which called at the last minute to invite all of us to attend.


Call for Papers: The Claremont Journal of Religion is taking on irreligion in their next issue entitled “Secularism and Religion.” Grad students can submit their papers and book reviews now.

Chris Carter wrote on factory farming as a social justice issue in his church for the Humane Society.

Bayan student Abdurrahim Ozcan was a guest columnist in the Irvine World News (part of Orange County Register), writing on the importance of interreligious discussion. Read the article here: page 1 and page 2.

PhD students Bo Sanders and Tripp Fuller’s Homebrewed Christianity events continued with an outstanding recent interview with Reza Aslan on his new book that was also podcast.

Congratulations to PhD student Jennifer Yates for being accepted to the Human Rights Campaign’s Summer Institute for Religious Scholars and Theologians!

Other News:

Who do you know who belongs at CST? Invite them to attend the Virtual Grad School Fair for seminaries and theological schools on Sept. 18.

Registration is now open for CST's new Hybrid/Online 72-unit M.Div. that allows students to complete the degree in as little as two years, instead of three.

Registration is also open for CST’s new 48-unit M.A. in Ministry, Leadership, and Service.

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